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“She was the best grandmother anyone could have. She was my best friend and I miss her everyday. She will always be in my heart, I love her so much! ”
1 of 16 | Posted by: Peyton Dickelman - Moorhead, MN

“My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Marlys was a dear friend and will be missed dearly. ”
2 of 16 | Posted by: Cleo Delzer - Mesa, AZ - Friend

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you all on this very sad day! Marlys was a wonderful woman and will be remembered by many! ”
3 of 16 | Posted by: Tami Tronnes - Nielsville, MN

“To the entire Durkin Family: So sorry for your loss. She was a special lady. Had lots of memories together, especially when you guys were living...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Peggy and Ron Peterson - Buxton, ND

“Lori,Donna,Patty,Chuck, and familiesso sorry I am so happy I got to talk to her on the phone she sounded good that day God bless you take comfort in...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: marlene baatz - nielsville, MN

“My thoughts are with all of you. Marlys was fun to work with and I enjoyed the Postal ladies lunches we had together after she retired. ”
6 of 16 | Posted by: Robin Borgen - Fargo, ND

“Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. ”
7 of 16 | Posted by: Pat Bruun - Parkers Prairie, MN

“I am sorry for your loss. ”
8 of 16 | Posted by: Toni Miller - Family Friend

“Lori, Donna, Patti & Charles - I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was a wonderful friend & coworker! I shall keep her and your family...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: Karen Rheault - Hillsboro, ND

“Donna & Family- My sincerest condolences for the loss of your Mom. Marly's was always fun to work with and had a smile for everyone. May the...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: - Fargo

11 of 16 | Posted by: Audrey Farol - Fargo, ND

“Sweet Marlys will be dearly missed by the Durkin Clan. So many happy times together as we celebrated family birthdays, weddings, precious babies or...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Karen Durkin - Grand Forks, ND

“So sorry to have lost aunto Marlys. She was a very special lady. I can remember all the fun times growing up with her and the girls. We now have...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Norm and Cindy Aurland - VA

“My deepest sympathy go out to you patti and your family. I always enjoyed your mom ”
14 of 16 | Posted by: Anthony Guerrieri - Fargo, ND

“God took the fragrance of a flower...The majesty of a tree...The gentleness of morning dew...The calm of a quiet sea...The beauty of the twilight...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Donna Krier - Daughter

16 of 16 | Posted by: Karen Durkin - Sister-in-law, ND

Marlys C. Durkin, 74 of Moorhead, MN, passed away on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at Sanford Health in Fargo.

Marlys was born on February 13, 1942 in Bottineau, ND to Melvin and Minda (Thorsgaard) Kortgaard. She grew up on a farm near Kempton, ND and graduated from high school in Larimore, ND. She married Dallas Durkin on April 23, 1960 in Larimore. They started their lives in North Dakota, settling in the Climax and Shelly, MN area before she moved to Fargo. Marlys was a stay at home mom for many years and drove school bus for the Climax School District. She worked at the Fargo Post Office and retired after 26 years of service.

She enjoyed sewing, quilting, crocheting (especially baby clothes), playing games and cards with her Edgewood Vista friends, luncheon dates with special friends and co-workers, and looked forward to having her nails done. She will always be remembered by her family as loving her flowers, family vacations, and camping trips that she treasured until the end. Her favorite past time was spending time with her grandchildren and great-granddaughter and attending their activities.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Donald Kortgaard and nephew, Corey Tupa.

Marlys is survived by her children, Lori (Dwight) Bartz of Moorhead, Donna (Dennis) Krier of Fargo, Patti (Chad) Lofton of Moorhead and Charles (Rena) Durkin of Forest Lake, MN; grandchildren, Casey (Caitlin) Bartz, Hannah Krier, Parker Dickelman, Peyton Dickelman, Charlie Lofton, Meeya Durkin and baby Durkin; great-granddaughter, Bailey Bartz; brother, Shelly (Nora) Kortgaard of Colorado; sister, Sharon (Paul) Tupa of Northwood, ND; brother-in-law, Daryl Durkin; sisters-in-law, Kathy Denault and Karen Durkin and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Sanford Health for the wonderful care Marlys received and to Hope Lutheran Church for their ministry and special visits.

Memorial Service: Monday, November 28 at 2:00 pm at Hope Lutheran Church – North Campus, Fargo with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church.

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