Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Elizabeth ‘Bette’ Durkin

    Bette Durkin passed away in her sleep at her home in Hailey, Idaho, on July 8. She was 92 years old and the youngest of seven children, all deceased.
    Bette was born Elizabeth Jeanette Daltry in Schenectady, N.Y., and was lovingly called “Boopo.” Her family moved to Philadelphia when she was a year old. There she finished her formal education and married William J. Durkin in 1944. Bill was a mechanical engineer who worked for Westinghouse developing the first jet engine and he also worked on the Manhattan Project.
     The family moved to Kansas City in 1954, where Bill continued to work in aerospace, most notably on the Apollo Space Program. The Durkins were active in their community, church and schools. In 1961, the family moved to Newport Beach, Calif. The four children, Elaine, Eileen, Suzanne and William Jr. loved growing up in California during the “Beach Boys” days of the 60s.
     In addition to raising four active children, Bette worked outside the home managing various medical practices. She also volunteered at Hoag Memorial Hospital and served as the Coordinator of Volunteers. Bette never missed a diving meet, football game or cheerleading competition. She was the supportive Mom on the sidelines in every way.
     Bette will be remembered for her incredible sense of humor, wisdom, quick wit and contagious smile. Bette is survived by Elaine and Neil Waldow of Maui, Hawaii; Eileen and Dale Winters of Kauai, Hawaii; Victoria and Bill Durkin Jr. of Sherman Oaks, Calif.; and Suzanne and Bob Cunningham of Sun Valley, Idaho. She will be missed more than words can say.
     A “Celebration of Life” will take place Aug. 3 in Maui.
     Cremation was under the care of Wood River Chapel.  Friends are invited to visit to share memories, share a photo and light a candle.

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