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01-11-10, 22:20
DORIS ARLENE DURGAN
September 23, 1925 ~ October 16, 2010

Doris Arlene Durgan, passed away October 16, 2010 at Kittitas Valley Hospital in Ellensburg, WA. A life-long resident of Washington state, Doris was born one of five children in Vancouver, WA, September 23, 1925 to Jonas and Lempi Parvi and she graduated from Battleground High School in 1943.

Doris spent time in Washington D.C. working for the Pentagon in an administrative role with the Attorney General's office.

Joined in marriage May 18, 1948 to Ray L. Durgan, the couple celebrated 59 years of marriage. For over 20 years Doris led an active life, raising their seven children, gardening, acting bookkeeper for their family run dairy farm in Woodland, WA, marathon pinochle games with friends and family when time allowed, and pursuing a joint venture with a friend by opening a local ceramic shop in 1972.

Her children have fond memories of Saturday nights, which were reserved for a night of dancing at their favorite local restaurant while the children remained home to handle chores.

After relocating to the Yakima Valley in 1976, life remained busy as the farming emphasis became hay and sheep.

Doris will be sadly missed by her seven children: daughters, Linda (John) McDowell of Green Bay, WI, Peggy (Bill) Harrison of Ashburn, VA, and Cindy Nielsen of Yakima; sons, Kelly of Anderson, CA, Mike, Ned, and Tim of Ellensburg; her sister, Mabel Brown of Austin, TX; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray; both parents; sister, Neva (Joanne) Taylor; and brothers, Leonard and Eugene.

We would like to send a special thank you to the caring staff of Royal Vista Nursing and Rehab Facility in Ellensburg, WA for their attentiveness during the end of her journey.

The family will be mourning their loss in private, and wish to extend their gratitude for the support of family and friends.

Please sign Doris' guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits.

Published in The Columbian on October 31, 2010