Martha F. Durant

PENOBSCOT - Martha F. Durant was called home by the Lord Jan. 29, 2013, after a brief illness at a Bangor hospital.

Martha was married 59 years to Walter F. Durant of Buffalo, N.Y., and Bangor, a returning veteran of World War II, European Theater. Martha is remembered as an outgoing, happy, active member of the community all of her life. She attended Penobscot schools and raised her family in Bangor for 24 years. Later she rebuilt the actual house in which she was born in 1927, lived with Walter - a retired Maine Central Railroad engineer, and was popularly known as "the Avon lady." Martha sold Avon for more than 30 years, was the winner of many presidential awards and was very happy in her work. After her husband's death in 2006, she resided at Northern Bay residential until her death. In summation, Martha and Walter led long and happy lives, raising their two sons in Bangor for more than 20 years, later retiring in the home of her birth in Penobscot. Martha will be fondly missed and remembered by her family and her many friends in Penobscot area.

Martha is survived by her two sons: first born, Stephen W. Durant, his only son and Martha's grandson, Logan, 29, of Boston, and Steve's fiancee, Linda Marie Haines, of Millinocket, and second born, Richard Neil Durant and his constant companion, Rose, now residing in Belfast, his daughter from his first marriage and Martha's granddaughter, Marsha Durant, and Richard's children from his second marriage and Martha's grandchildren, Stephanie and Matthew, residing in Eddington. Martha left many lifelong friends in Penobscot, Castine and Bangor, Pat Wardwell, Tappy Blodgett and many more too numerous to list. Martha was predeceased by her brother, Elmer Wardwell and wife, Ediee; mother, Lydia; and father, Neil Wardwell of Penobscot.

A memorial service will be held at time of burial at Castine Cemetery sometime in May.

Obituary written by Stephen Durant

Published in BDN Maine on Feb. 21, 2013