Thelma L. Durst

CUYAHOGA FALLS – Thelma Louise Smith Durst, 95, passed away Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, in Cuyahoga Falls.

She was born Aug. 26, 1917, in North Bloomfield, the second of four children born to Clyda Lazenby and Virgil B. Smith.

She graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1936.

On Dec. 30, 1939, she married Theodore Dode Durst, who passed away in June 2004, and resided most of her life in Champion.

She was a member of Champion Christian Church and enjoyed quilting with the Ladies Aide.

Thelma retired from Champion Schools in 1985 where she was a cook at the high school for 25 years. She moved to Cardinal Village Retirement Center in 2004. She loved surrounding herself with her family pictures, cardinals and especially flowers.

She is survived by a son, David R. Durst of Cuyahoga Falls; a daughter, Jane Durst (Skip) Mershon of Clermont, Fla.; and four grandchildren, Lisa Durst (Ryan) Downard, Sarah Durst (Kevin) Melvin, Michael Mershon (Alicia) and Amy Mershon (Bill) Plummer. She also had eight great-grandchildren, Zachary and J.T. Downard, Robyn and Reese Melvin, Jack and Annie Mershon, and Brady and Parker Plummer.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a brother, J. Russell Smith; and two sisters, Jean Zarick and Betty Bright; her daughter-in -law, Dee Durst; and a granddaughter, Beth Lynn Durst.

Her words of advice were quietly spoken:

“You’ll never know it a hundred years from today.”

“Always put more flour in your cookies and chill the dough.”

“Make sure your underwear is clean and be sure to wear your shimmy shirt.”

Service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the chapel at the Champion Center Cemetery. Should friends desire, memorials may be made in Thelma’s name to the Champion Christian Church, 151 Center St. W., Warren, OH 44481.

Arrangements were handled by the Redmon Funeral Home, Stow.

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