Merle 'Mama D' DurginAug 30, 2012 Staff
Merle "Mama D" Durgin, of St. Stephens, died Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, at the Help for Health Hospice Home in Riverton. She was 76 years old.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at St. Stephens Catholic Church. A rosary will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, at her daughter Carla Jaramillo's home, No. 6 Riverton Oilfield Road.
Merle Mae Brown was born May 23, 1936, in Fort Washakie to Newton Aaron and Ellen Brown. She grew up and lived on the Wind River Reservation where she was a homemaker.
She was of the Catholic faith.
Her family said she loved her dogs, playing cards, the casino, cruising with Ruby and Marley and listening to country music.
She is survived by sons Robert Dur-gin, Thomas Durgin, Charles Durgin, Loren Durgin, Shane Durgin, Allan Mike Durgin and Francis Acebo; daughters Carleta Durgin Jaramillo, Shirley Durgin Lango and Eurdena Acebo; brothers Charles Manderson, Martin Montoya, Ronnie Montoya, Tino Montoya, Peter Garcia, Glenn Smith and Richard Oldman; sisters Alfreda Smith, Barbara Smith Perea, Geraldine Smith Monroe, Phyllis Smith and Juanita Garcia; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Newton Aaron, Ellen Rose Garcia, Hiram Ax Brown and Amy Brown; brothers Francis Brown and Johnny Brown; sisters Madeline Montoya and Catherine Friday; first husband, Edward Durgin; second husband, Willie East; son Patrick Durgin; daughters Maria Durgin and Rebecca Durgin; grandsons Mark Jaramillo, Shawn Durgin and Chilio C'Bearing.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.