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Ella Durham

September 15, 1950 ~ August 31, 2022 (age 71)


Ella Durham entered into final rest on August 31st 2022 in Paris, Texas at the age of 71.  

Ella was born September 15th, 1950, to Mace and Lillian Pugh in Elkhart, Kansas. She grew up loving country life on the family farm in the Oklahoma panhandle. She loved spending time with friends and family.

She formed a special bond with each person that she knew. She attended Plainview Elementary school through the 11th grade and graduated from Keyes High School in 1969. Ella graduated from Oklahoma Panhandle State with degrees in Home Economics and Elementary Education. While there, she married the love of her life, LeRoy Durham on June 25th, 1971.

She taught Home Economics at Panhandle State, but she found her passion when she took a job at Plainview Elementary School as a kindergarten teacher in the fall of 1982. She completed her teaching career at Keyes Public School as a first and second grade teacher. She retired from teaching in 2015 after 33 years of teaching. She dearly loved her students and wanted the best for each of them.

Ella is preceded in death by her parents Mace and Lillian Pugh, her brother, David Pugh, and her husband, LeRoy Durham.

Ella is survived by her children, Bart, Rebecca, Brandon, and Rachel and her five grandchildren, Keeley, Landon, Rylan, Reese, and Branch. She cherished each one of them.
She was a beloved teacher, wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved teaching children and remembered by many of her former students. Ella loved each of her 4 children and 5 grandchildren dearly and cherished each moment that she spent with them. Ella lived a full and warm life, filled with joy. She will be fondly remembered and sorely missed.

Visitation for Ella will be held this Thursday, September 8, 2022 at The Henson Novak Funeral Home in Boise City from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Funeral Services will be held this Friday, September 9, 2022 at 10:30 a.m at The Keyes Church of Christ with Pastor Witt officiating.

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September 8, 2022

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Henson - Novak Boise City (Boise City, Oklahoma)

Funeral Service
September 9, 2022

10:30 AM
Keyes Church of Christ

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