Marjorie M. Durbin

Marge was the second National Executive Secretary for KGP and served in that capacity until the mid-1990s.

Marjorie M. Durbin, 87, of Stow, died December 21, 2021, after a brief illness, concluding a lifetime of love and faithful service to her family, church and community. Mrs. Durbin was born May 6, 1934, in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of Agnes (Labbe) and John Howard Mehigan Sr. She was a proud graduate of St. Sebastian School and St. Vincent High School of Akron (Class of 1952). She was a 1956 graduate of Notre Dame College, South Euclid, Ohio, earning a bachelor’s degree in economics. While in college, she joined Kappa Gamma Pi, a national Catholic women’s honor society. She was a lifelong member of the organization, eventually serving decades as its national executive secretary. After college graduation, she worked with the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in Akron. She later worked as an executive assistant with Commercial Aviation in Stow. During her college years, on a blind date, Mrs. Durbin met the love of her life, C. Joseph (Joe) Durbin Jr., whom she married October 5, 1957. Their marriage grew and thrived for 63 years, until Joe’s death October 7, 2020. She took an active role in church, school and community organizations, especially those involving her three sons’ activities. She was an active member of Holy Family Church in Stow since 1968, serving as a teacher with the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) catechetical program, now known as Parish School of Religion (PSR). She also participated in the parish Women’s Renewal program. She was a longtime member and former president of the Stow PTA Council and was an active member of Stow Band Parents, including many years’ of working with the organization’s band uniform program. She was a longtime member and leader of the Stow Women’s Club, overseeing the organization’s Ann Grubb student aid program for many years. She enjoyed the honor of receiving Eagle Scout Mother’s Pins from each of her sons, who were members of Troop 177 at Holy Family. She and her husband were involved many years with Marriage Encounter in the Akron area, where they participated in Catholic Pre-Cana marriage preparation with many engaged couples. She and her family were longtime enthusiastic participants in the Family Camp program at CYO Camp Christopher in Bath Township. She and her husband were longtime participants in the couples’ golf league at the former Leisure Time recreation center in Stow. She and her husband enjoyed traveling. They visited such destinations as Germany, Italy, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Hawaii, Alaska, and the Bahamas. Besides her husband, preceding her in death were her brother, Colonel Denis Mehigan; sisters-in-law, Martha Moore and Dottie Caine, and brothers-in-law, John Moore and O.B. Bonham. She leaves three sons, Neil (Peggy), Mark (Lisa) and Dr. Michael (Theresa). She was a beloved “Grammy” to nine grandchildren, Christopher (Laura), Joseph (Emily), Marissa (David) Lipscomb, John (Tatiana), Julie, Liam, Grace, Gemma and Kiara; and two great-granddaughters, Riley and Lilliana. She also leaves a brother, J. Howard Mehigan Jr.; sisters-in-law, Joan Bonham, Jenny Mehigan and Judy Mehigan; and brother-in-law, Al Caine. She also leaves numerous nieces and nephews, who affectionately knew her as “Aunt Margie.” Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, December 27, at Dunn-Quigley Funeral Home, 3333 Kent Road, Stow. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Tuesday, December 28, at Holy Family Church in Stow.

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