Mary I. Durbin, 91, of Highland, IL, died Monday, February 5, 2018, at Breese Nursing Home, Breese, IL.
Mary was born July 15, 1926, to Fred and Ora (nee Gilkey) Bowling in Seymour, IN.
On August 6, 1949, she married Herbert Durbin Sr. at Our Lady of Providence, Brownstown, IL.
She was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland and a former member of Daughters of Isabella. She was a terrific wife, mother, and grandmother; devoted to raising good kids and being a good example to her grandchildren. Mary had a degree in Nutrition from Spalding University, Louisville, KY. She was an avid reader. Mary was kind, gentle and had a great sense of humor. She was a strong supporter of Catholic Education, Right to Life and Adoration.
She is survived by her children, Mary Karen (Austin) Campbell, Marion, IL, Herbert (Dorothy) Durbin Jr, Highland, IL, Stephen (Dr. Judy Keeven) Durbin, Highland, IL, Michael (Mary Kay) Durbin, Highland, IL, Patrick (Vera) Durbin, Alhambra, IL, Gregory (significant other, Carolyn Baldwin) Durbin, Decatur, IL, Theresa (Terry Moore) Durbin, Springfield, IL, Jane (Robert) McDonald, Albuquerque, NM, Mark (significant other, Karen Kelsey) Durbin, Lebanon, IL, Christopher (Jody) Durbin, Highland, IL, Kevin (Susan) Durbin, Muncie, IN; grandchildren, Matthew (Ann) Campbell, Andrea (Bill) Arnold, Leslie Campbell-Driesner, Dr. Allison (Brady Mills) Campbell, Lauren (significant other, Daniel Mills) Campbell, Herbert (Kimberly) Durbin III, Jeffry Durbin, Stephen (significant other, Mary Hannon) Durbin, Tracy Durbin, Dominic (Erica) Durbin, Rita (Rev. Christopher) Davis, Aaron (Amber) Durbin, Colin (Jamie) Durbin, Adam Durbin, Andrew (Beth) Durbin, Audrey Durbin, Nathaniel Durbin, Keegan Moore, Vincent Moore, Valerie (fiancé, Joe Miller) Moore, Trevor Bauchens, Regina (Tom) Hladick, Robert McDonald, Benjamin (Susan) McDonald, Gregory McDonald, Aaron Lange, Kyle (significant other, Kendel Meek) Durbin, Dr. Chelsea (significant other, Trevor Patt) Durbin, Cameron Durbin, Jordan Durbin, Alexandra Durbin, Liam Durbin; 21 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; brothers, Dr. John Bowling, St. Mary’s, OH, Dr. Richard Bowling, Indiana; sisters-in-laws, Ruth (William) Schafer, Ballwin, MO, Jane Durbin, Oak Ridge, TN.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Ora Bowling; husband, Herbert Durbin Sr.; daughter, Kathleen Durbin; son, Lawrence Durbin; grandsons, Shad Bauchens, Shawn Durbin; siblings, Don Bowling, Ann Rick, Jane Garity..
Memorials may be made to The Piarist School in Hager Hill, KY, St. Paul Education Foundation, or The Alzheimer’s Association.
Visitation: Friday, February 9, 2018, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm, and Saturday, February 10, 2018, from 7:30 to 8:30 am, at Meridith Funeral Home, Highland, IL.
Mass of Christian Burial: Saturday, February 10, 2018, 9:00 am, at St. Paul Catholic Church, Highland, IL.
Clergy: Rev. Fr. Pat Jakel, Pastor
Interment: St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Highland, IL.
Meridith Funeral Home, Highland, IL.