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Charlotte F. Durkee, 89, a longtime resident of Georgetown, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on April 5, at Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill, MA, after a short illness.
She was born on May 24, 1927 in Lynn. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Edith (Robichaud) Clements and wife of the late Harland E. Durkee. She was a member of the VFW Posts in Ipswich and Georgetown, the Georgetown Fire Dept Women’s Auxiliary, and member of the Red Hat Society. She was an active member of the Boxford Council on Aging, where she participated in all council activities, particularly fond of line dancing. She worked at United Foam Plastics in Georgetown for many years. Her hobbies included: knitting, sewing and fine needle point, which she continued to do even after becoming legally blind. She was always happiest when she was outside working in her rock garden.
She is survived by her five sons and two daughters, Robert Durkee and his wife Janice Moore of Gloucester, Cheryl Muise and her husband Clifford of Windham, N.H., Mark Durkee and his wife Cheryl of East Kingston, N.H., David Durkee and his wife Paula of Georgetown; Cathie Southwick and her husband, Craig of Georgetown; Michael and his wife, Pam of Rowley, and Peter and his wife Lisa of Georgetown. In addition, she had 13 grandchildren, Caryn Gilchrist, Tammy Courville, Ryan Durkee, Candace Basham, Caitlyn Durkee, Becky, Robert, and Stephen Southwick, Cameron, Cayla, and Connor Durkee, Melissa Keefe and Megan Dunn. She also had 5 great-grandchildren, Ashley Rawson, Jack and Emily Courville, Katie and Russell Keefe. In addition to her seven children, she was survived by her five siblings, one brother and four sisters, Doris Banks of Ipswich, Ruth Rawson of Rowley, Lorraine Clements of Ipswich, David Clements of Ipswich, and Rosemarie Whynott of Gloucester. She was predeceased by a daughter, Patty Durkee and son John Durkee of Georgetown, as well as a brother, Roland Clements of Ipswich.
Family and friends are kindly invited to attend her Funeral Service on Monday, April 10th at 10 a.m. in the Conte - Glamberardino Funeral Home, 14 Pleasant Street, Georgetown. Burial will follow at Cowles Memorial Cemetery, 29 Town Farm Road, Ipswich. Calling hours will be held on Sunday, April 9th from 2 to 5 p.m. in the funeral home. For those who wish, in lieu of flowers a memorial donation in her name may be made to Merrimack Valley Hospice House, 360 North Ave., Haverhill MA 01830. For funeral home directions, florists or accommodations, please visit www.cgfuneralhomegeorgetown.com.
Published on  April 7, 2017
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