|Birth: ||Mar. 3, 1926|
|Death: ||Feb. 8, 2009|
FREDERICKSBURG - Alice Marie Webb Durham, 82, died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009.
Graveside services will be at 9:45 a.m. Friday in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio by Fredericksburg Funeral Home.
Alice was born in Clarendon to Dewey and Elsie Webb. The family moved several times, but ended up in Channing, where Alice Marie graduated from high school in 1943. Upon graduation, Alice went to work for the War Department in Washington, D.C., helping with the war effort.
At the end of the war, Alice found herself in Amarillo, where she met her husband, Thomas L. Durham. The two eloped and were married on July 13, 1947, in Clovis, N.M. Amarillo became home and Thomas, known as Lester to family and friends, went to work for Phillips Petroleum Co. While Lester was bringing home the bacon, Alice's adventures were endless in the day-to-day raising of two sons, Thomas Keith and Spencer Allen, and moving the family to Odessa, where both graduated from high school. Throughout the boys' childhood, there were family fishing and skiing trips to lakes in Oklahoma and Texas, the Gulf of Mexico and the Rio Grande River, as well as long summer vacations to the mountains of New Mexico and Colorado.
Lester retired from Phillips in 1987 and the couple moved from Odessa to Fredericksburg. Retirement was anything but boring. It seemed more adventure was waiting right around the corner in the form of three grandchildren, Regan, Ethan and Laura. Though health problems plagued them both, nothing stopped either of them from making their grandchildren's wildest imaginings into real-life fun. Whether it was turning Ethan into a Cavalry commander with the fashioning of a wooden sword or transforming Regan and Laura into fairy tale princesses with the magic of a needle and some thread, nothing seemed too much to ask for.
With life's joy, came sadness. After years of declining health, Alice experienced the death of her husband, Lester, on Nov. 24, 2001. That same year, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. With the support of family and friends, Alice won the deadly battle and went into remission for the next eight years. Those eight years were filled with more joy and much laughter. In the remaining weeks of her life, Alice had no fear of death, only a weary readiness of what was to come. The end of life came to Alice peacefully in the comfort of her own home with those she loved and who loved her.
Survivors include two sons, Tom and wife Colleen and their children, Regan, Ethan and Laura of Del Rio and Spencer of Fredericksburg.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be to American Cancer Society, 3915 S. Bell St., Amarillo, TX 79109; or Hill Country Memorial Hospice, Hill Country Memorial Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 1339, Fredericksburg, TX 78624.
Serving as honorary pallbearers are her brothers, John, Dewey "Junior," "Buster" and Melvin Webb, and her grandson, Ethan Durham.
Sign the online guest book at www.fredericksburg-funerals.com.
Amarillo Globe-News, Feb. 11, 2009
Thomas Lester Durham (1925 - 2001)*
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
Plot: Section 13A Site 40
Created by: Kenneth D. Bogard
Record added: Feb 11, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33742680
Added: Jan. 4, 2013