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 Elizabeth Sarah “Gigi” <I>Brandon</I> Durham

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Elizabeth Sarah “Gigi” Brandon Durham

  • Birth 29 May 1919
  • Death 1 Apr 2010
  • Burial Norfolk, Norfolk City, Virginia, USA
  • Plot South Center Lawn Lot 50
  • Memorial ID 64741940

NORFOLK - Elizabeth "Gigi" Brandon Durham, beloved wife of John Russell "Jack" Durham and daughter of Lewis Boyd and Sarah O'Neil Atkinson Brandon, died peacefully April 1, 2010 at Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center while in the care of the Bon Secours Hospice Program. A resident of Norfolk since 1940 and a member of Knox Presbyterian Church, she was a native of St. Matthews, S.C., and spent her youth in Laurinburg and Raeford, N.C. Gigi was a 1940 graduate of Queens College in Charlotte and a member of Kappa Delta sorority. During World War II, she returned to North Carolina to teach while her husband served in Europe.
Gigi was a full-time substitute teacher at Maury High School and later a docent at The Hermitage Museum and Gardens. An avid gardener, she was a founding member of the Redwood Garden Club. She resided in Edgewater and in 2005 became a resident of Province Place of DePaul. The family extends special thanks to the staffs and caregivers at Province Place of DePaul, DePaul Hospital and Bon Secours Hospice for their kind and loving care.

Gigi was predeceased by her parents, husband and sister, Martha Brandon Muench of Fayetteville, N.C. She is survived by her son, John Russell Durham Jr. and daughter-in-law Susan Woodhead Durham of Falls Church, Va.; grandson, Robert Brandon Durham and daughter-in-law Lucy Elizabeth Hansen of Salt Lake City, Utah; and grandson, Capt. Owen Clark Durham, U.S. Army, stationed in Fort Drum, N.Y. In addition, she is survived by nieces, Sally Boyd Muench Butler of Roatan Island, Honduras and Betty Durham Bailey; nephew, Elwood Barrows (Barry) Durham Jr. and wife Ann Stewart-Smith Durham; great-niece, Gillian Lee Durham, all of Virginia Beach; and great-niece, Christin Hope Durham of Arlington, Va.

The funeral will be held Saturday, April 10, at 2:30 p.m. in Knox Presbyterian Church, Norfolk. Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be sent to the Hermitage Museum & Gardens 7637 North Shore Road, Norfolk, VA 23505-1730. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk Chapel, is handling arrangements.

Virginian-Pilot, The (Norfolk, VA) - April 8, 2010 Page B5



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  • Originally Created by: Dottie
  • Added: 27 Jan 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 64741940
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elizabeth Sarah “Gigi” Brandon Durham (29 May 1919–1 Apr 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 64741940, citing Forest Lawn Cemetery, Norfolk, Norfolk City, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by MDurham (contributor 48838421) .