Susan E. Pickering Durgin 1948 – 2023

Susan E. (Pickering) Durgin

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Durgin, S.1Susan E. (Pickering) Durgin, 74, of Walpole and formerly of Keene, and Drewsville, NH, passed away peacefully while sleeping on Sunday, February 12, 2023, at Pheasant Wood Nursing Home in Peterborough.

She was born to the late Christine (Jennison) and Edward Pickering on June 18, 1948, in Bellows Falls, VT. Susan attended Walpole High School graduating in 1966. She continued her education at the University of New Hampshire where she graduated with her bachelors in nursing, class of 1970.

On April 1, 1972, Susan exchanged vows with the love of her life, Kenneth L. Durgin. They had a simple service at the First Congregational Church of Walpole with their family and friends surrounding them.

Durgin, S.2Susan worked at McGirr Nursing Home in Bellows Falls, Vt. as the Director of Nursing till she retired in 1998. During retirement, she worked at Bellows House Bakery in North Walpole for 5 years.

Susan had many joys in life and loved to help others. She was a 4-H leader where she worked with dairy cattle and arts and crafts, and was known as Mom Durgin to many kids. Susan and her family loved horse pulling and going to fairs. She was also an avid sports fan attending all of her daughters and then grandchildren’s games. She loved the Patriots and the Red Sox through good seasons, and bad! Susan, affectionally known as Mimi, enjoyed knitting and crocheting. Presents for all baby showers were homemade blankets and sweaters, made with love. Susan was an active member of the First Congregational Church of Walpole. She was part of the Youth education classes and Church Choir, when her girls were young, and then went on to be a Decon of the church as well as a member of Women’s fellowship.

Durgin FamilyMrs. Durgin is survived by her devoted husband of 50 years, Kenneth Durgin of Walpole, their two children, Tania S. Johns and her husband, Jeremy of Charlestown, Tara Bemis and her husband, Jason of Keene. She is also survived by her two siblings, Betty Prentiss of Walpole, Linda Graff and her husband, Joseph of Walpole, and her four grandchildren, Kendra Johns, Cameron Johns, Daniel Bemis, and Zachary Bemis as well as her great-grandchild Emersyn Johns. Along with many cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

Calling hours will be on Friday, February 17, 2023, in the Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel in Keene from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm. A funeral will be on Saturday, February 18, 2023, at 11 am at the First Congregational Church, 15 Washington St. Walpole, NH. 03608. Although flowers will be gladly accepted, donations may be made out to the First Congregational Church of Walpole or the Alzheimer’s Association, A burial will take place on a later date at the Walpole Village Cemetery, Main St. Walpole, NH. 03608. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431.

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