Barbara Jean Durfee

4 November 2011

Born : October 22, 1929

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.





16 Comments to “Barbara Jean Durfee”

  1. Lonnie, Jim. Leslie, Linda,

    I just saw of Mama’s passing, words can’t say how sorry I am. I enjoyed knowing and loving her from the first time I met her she was like a second Mom. I always pass her house on the way to Mom & Dads and would always look over and wonder how she was. She accepted and treated us kids like we were her own and you girls and Jim would graciously share her with us. It was an honor to of known Mama Durfee and she will be dearly missed!! My heart and prayers go out to all of you and to my sweet Linda remember “TOGETHERNESS ALWAYS” Love You All!!!! Adele

  2. Dear Jim & Peggy,

    My sincerest condolences to you and your entire family.

  3. Kathee Burlin Hart

    Hi everyone,So sorry to hear about your mom, Aunt Taffy to me. I remember lots of happy, fun times spend with all of you. But, my joy with your mom was she was such a great friend to my mom (Mary Burlin), through healthy times and illness. So love to you all and in my heart and prayers.

  4. My condolences to all of you. Your mother was always so kind to me. My time with her is a cherished part of my life.

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