|Birth: ||Sep. 30, 1880|
|Death: ||Apr. 24, 1972|
Mrs. Stella Rice Durr died Monday, April 24, 1972, at 11:30 AM at her daughter's home at 2223 12th Avenue, West, in Bradenton, Florida.
She was born to Anna Emma Weybright Rice and Neal (born Cornelius) Rice on September 30, 1880, on a farm owned by her grandfather, Samuel Weybright, near Willodell, in Patterson Township, Darke County, Ohio.
Her handwritten birth record mistakenly shows her first name as "Staley".
Her mother died when she was 2 and her father never remarried. She was raised by aunts and uncles, primarily by her aunt Mary Jane Rice Brewer and husband Alfred Brewer, who lived on a farm on Bradford-Children's Home Road just west of Arcanum-Bears Mill Road in Adams Township, Darke County, Ohio. Their mail came from nearby Stelvideo in Richland Township
The adjoining farm to the east was owned by John Henry Durr and wife Christina Hatter Durr. On December 27, 1904, she married their son, William Edward Durr, M.D. in the Methodist Church in Versailles, Darke County, Ohio.
Their children, Ralph and Gertrude, were both born in Ludlow Falls, Ohio, where Dr. Durr had set up his practice. After a while they moved to Cincinnati where they lived in Clifton Heights. During the Influenza Epidemic following World War I, Dr. Durr was sent to Glencoe, a coal mining town in Belmont County in eastern Ohio. He decided to stay there to practice and Stella and their children joined him when it was safe to do so.
After his death in 1947, she went to live with Gertrude and her family at 197 Mt. Vernon St. in West Newton, Mass. After a while she felt drawn to go back to Darke County to live where she was able to rent a room in the home on East 4th Street, Greenville, of Emma (Reck) Mathews, who had taught her and her future husband at the Pleasant Ridge School in Patterson Township.
Eventually, though, she decided to spend the summers in Martins Ferry, Ohio, with son Ralph and his family and the winters in Bradenton, Fla. with Gertrude and her family. When the flying back and forth became too difficult she stayed in Bradenton for the rest of her life.
She was survived by her daughter Gertrude and her son Ralph Durr; 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
Friends were received at the Heslop Funeral Home, Martins Ferry after 7 PM on Wednesday, April 26, 1962. A service was held there the next day at 1 PM with Dr. Niles Southwick, officiating.
Interment next to her late husband followed at Union Cemetery in St. Clairsville.
Arrangements in Florida were by Griffith-Cline in Bradenton.
--Written by her grandson, Stephen based on his personal knowledge, four obituaries and his own genealogical research.
Note: After coming to Belmont County, She and her husband became United Presbyterians, joining first the First Presbyterian Church in St. Clairsville, before transferring to the First Presbyterian Church in Martins Ferry.
Note: After coming back to Florida from the funeral, my mother Gertrude commented on how amazed she had been at the many people from Glencoe and vicinity who had come to pay their respects.
Cornelius Rice (1844 - 1933)
Anna Emma Weybright Rice (1850 - 1882)
William Edward Durr (1876 - 1947)*
Ralph Edward Durr (1906 - 1981)*
Gertrude Durr Calvert (1907 - 1983)*
Calvin Rice (1875 - 1875)*
Frank Rice (1875 - 1875)*
Viola Margaret Rice Ratliff (1878 - 1951)*
Stella Rice Durr (1880 - 1972)
Saint Clairsville Union Cemetery
Created by: Martin Weybright
Record added: Dec 18, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45587675