2015-01-20 / Obituaries

Aura May Durham, 90


Aura Mae Durham Aura Mae Durham Aura May Durham, 90, of Greencastle, died peacefully at home on Friday, January 9, 2015 after a two year battle with cancer.

She was born on June 30, 1924 in Greencastle, the youngest of six children born to Aura May Sawyer Durham and Andrew E. Durham.

Aura May graduated from Greencastle High School before attending De- Pauw University where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and earned a B.A. in Spanish, in 1946.

After college Aura May moved to New York City where she was employed by Universal International Films, Inc., as a Spanish script translator. She returned to Greencastle to assist her mother after the death of her father in 1954. Aura May and sister-in-law, Frances H. Durham, established Putnam County Abstracts, a successful business in operation until Aura May’s retirement in 2014.

Aura May was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters, Joanna D. McGaughey, Jane D. Anderson, Margaret Durham and Ann D. Weinrichter; one brother, James Frank Durham; two nieces, Heather A. Bernardi and Jennifer A. Amon; and three nephews, Andrew D. McGaughey, David P. McGaughey and Jeffrey S. Anderson.

Surviving are ten nieces and nephews, William H. Mc- Gaughey, Jr., Margaret McGaughey Isaacson, Cathy Anderson Sandler, Rodrick B. Anderson, Andrew H. Durham, George B. Durham, Stephanie S. Durham, Madeleine D. Thomas, Kathryn D. Weinrichter-Sundeen, Ralph M. Weinrichter, III and their families.

Aura May was a remarkably independent, witty and highly principled woman, who loved to travel, was loyal to family and had a fondness for “four legged beasties.”

An informal service with family and friends was be held at Bittles and Hurt Funeral Home on January 20, 2015 at 1:30 P.M.. Inurnment followed at Forest Hill Cemetery.

Memorials in Aura May’s name may be directed to the Aura May Durham Community Endowment c/o Putnam County Community Foundation or to the charity of your choice.

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