Entered into Rest : November 1, 2011
Barbara Jean (Kirk) Durfee was born on October 22, 1929 in Martinez, California. She graduated from Placer High School in 1947. She was married to James H. Durfee from 1947 until 1975. She passed away on November 1, 2011 in her home in Loomis.
She worked at Colfax High School, Del Oro High School and Sierra College. She had a great rapport with students, and one of the highlights of her working career was being honored as the 1977 Homecoming Grand Marshall at Del Oro High School.
Although she worked outside of the home, her number one passion in life was being a mother and grandmother. She was a kind hearted, gentle, patient soul with a wonderful sense of humor.
Barbara was an avid reader. She loved to learn, especially about animals and plants. She was a sports fan and cheered on many teams, but her favorite was the San Francisco 49ers and she enjoyed attending many games with her dear friends from Sierra College. Her hobbies included reading, gardening, cooking, cross stitching and doing puzzles and crosswords.
In her later years, her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren and many cherished memories were made together with them.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Bobbie McKinley, step father, JC McKinley, father, Lloyd Kirk, step mother, Geneva Kirk, and brother, Fred Kirk. She is survived by her four children, daughter Lonnie Durfee of Newcastle, son James (and Peggy) Durfee of Loomis, daughter Leslie (and Gary) Krymer of Oceanside, and daughter Linda (and Chris) Angel of Loomis, her grandchildren Sara Durfee, Teisha Angel Phillips, Christopher Angel, Randee, Mindee and Kimmee Krymer and great grandchildren Avery and Riley Phillips.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Barbara’s wonderful caregivers, Catherine, Joy and Trish and to the staff of Bristol Hospice for their care and kindness.
Mother, Grandmother and Friend of many, she will be forever in our hearts and greatly missed.