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Brenda Jean Smith Durr, of Williamsburg, died peacefully on May 17, 2015, surrounded by her family after a long battle with cancer. She was 72.
A native of Franklinton, Louisiana and longtime resident of Williamsburg, Brenda was born on July 13, 1942. Brenda loved to read, garden, collect art, travel, decorate her home, play bridge and golf, but most of all Brenda loved her family and the Lord. She was an active member of the Kingsmill Bridge Club, Kingsmill Women’s Social Club, Kingsmill Choraliers, Bible study and Walnut Hills Baptist Church. Brenda graduated from Franklinton High School and Southeastern Louisiana University.
Brenda is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Col. Donald David Durr Sr., U.S. Army, retired; daughter, Wendy Durr Wall and her husband, Sidney Wall; son, Donald “David” Durr Jr. and his wife, Jane-Lauren Brittingham Durr; grandchildren, Sidney “Davis” Wall, Claire Jane Durr and Anna Kate Durr; her sisters, Genevieve “Genny” Smith Brannan and Hallene Smith Magee and husband, Randy Magee; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded by her parents, Hall Luther and Willie Mae Smith, of Franklinton, Louisiana.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188. Visiting hours will resume at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 21, 2015, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. A reception celebrating her life will follow at noon at Walnut Hills Baptist Church. Interment will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or via phone (800) 805-5856.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Nelsen Funeral Home.
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