Virginia Edith Clark Durfey passed away on December 22, 2022 at Summit Springs Village in Condon Oregon at the age 103. Virginia was daughter of Sterling and Emma (Brosig) Clark. She was born in Baker City on November 26, 1919. She joined a sister LaVonne and later a younger brother Dalton made the family complete. She was raised on Indian Creek outside of Prairie City, Oregon. She graduated from Prairie City High School in 1938.
After graduating high school, she married Horace Durfey at Prairie City. She worked as a cook at the Hot Springs out of Prairie City. She and Horace settled on a ranch out of Unity. To this union four boys were born. Norman Gary, Gregory Joe, Larry Dale and Gerald Lee. She worked in the grocery store at Unity and also was a cook at the Burnt River School. She worked on the ranch and helped in the fields. She helped the boys maintain forest service trails and fence maintenance. She was a wonderful neighbor and friend. Virginia was always willing to help others in need.
Along with raising her four boys she enjoyed gardening, embroidery, and quilting. She was a wonderful homemaker and was known for her cooking. Her Sunday dinners were enjoyed by many. When they moved to Pendleton, she fed many Blue Mountain rodeo students as well as the baseball team members. She was outspoken, you knew where you stood with Virginia.
She had a great sense of humor and quick wit. She enjoyed following her boys in sports through the years. She was very competitive herself. She gave 100% and she expected others to do as well. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister LaVonne, brother Dalton Clark, and son Greg Durfey.
She is survived by her sons, Norm (Delene) of Condon, Larry (Leanne) of Salem, and Gerry (Rene) of Condon. Nine grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren.
There was a remembrance at Summit Springs Village on Wednesday, December 28. A graveside service was held in Prairie City on December 29.
In lieu of flowers you may contribute to Summit Springs Retirement Village, PO Box 687, Condon 97823 or Pioneer Memorial Hospice, PO Box 9, Heppner 97836.
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