Mary Louise Durham

March 17, 1927November 4, 2020

Mary Louise (Mary Lou) Meixner Durham, 93, died November 4, 2020, in Nashville, TN.

Mrs. Durham was born March 17, 1927, in Pittsburgh, PA. She was the daughter of the late John Edward Meixner and the late Madge Clovis Meixner. She attended Abilene Christian College, where she majored in music, and was a gifted flautist. She married her beloved husband the late Kenneth R. Durham, on December 20, 1946; they were married 53 years.

Mrs. Durham was a devoted member of the Churches of Christ, actively serving several congregations alongside her husband who was a church elder many years. She was a lifelong Bible school teacher, and authored dozens of articles in Christian publications. She worked as the office manager of D&B Glass, Inc., a family-owned business in Greenville, SC.

She is survived by her sons Ken Durham, Jr. and his wife, Nancy Magnusson Durham, of Nashville, TN; Alan Durham and his wife, Kelli Durham, of Houston, TX; and son-in-law, Tedd Kidd, of Nashville, TN.

She was proud grandmother of Jennifer Durham-Fowler and her husband, Jeb Fowler, of Sherborn, MA; Gabriel Durham of Los Angeles, CA; Christopher Durham and his wife, Courtney, of Kingwood, TX; and Jonathan Durham and his wife, Carly, of Richmond,TX. She has eight great-grandchildren: Olin and Winslow Fowler; Abigail, Jackson and Penelope Durham; and Carter, Niyah and Audie Durham.

She is predeceased by her daughter, Janet Durham Kidd and her brother, Clovis Meixner.

The deepest appreciation and gratitude is extended to the staff at the Blakeford Woodcrest Nursing Facility for their loving care.

A family graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 12, at Woodlawn Memorial Park, 1901 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville, SC, 29615. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park. COVID-19 safety protocol will be observed.

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Linda Lewis

November 12, 2020

One of the sweetest lady I've ever met.

Mark Flippin

November 11, 2020

Twice in my clear memory, I was fortunate enough to be in the presence of Mary Lou Durham.

First was in August 1977. I was a college student, passing through Greenville, SC. I needed a place to spend the night, and the Durhams graciously provided it. I remember that their home was altogether comfortable and hospitable, the food was delicious, and I was made to feel welcome.

Fast forward nearly 28 years, to May 2005, when I attended the Pepperdine lectures in Malibu. One evening, in a crowded Firestone Fieldhouse, I listened to Mary Lou’s son Ken deliver a memorable keynote address to an appreciative audience. In it, he gave a shout-out to his beloved mother, who was in the audience. When that evening’s session ended, I worked my way through the crowd to the podium. I wanted to speak to Ken and thank him for his presentation. But I couldn’t do so; he was surrounded by too great a crowd of others who likewise wanted to thank him. But I spotted Mary Lou nearby. I approached her, told her that I spent a night at her home in 1977, and she remembered it, or at least said she did. And I commented that she must certainly be proud of her son, the evening’s keynote speaker, and rightly so. Finally, I told her that I was sorry for the loss of her daughter Janet a few years earlier. Janet was a beautiful woman with shoulder-length brunette hair and eyes that twinkled.

I am grateful to have known Mary Lou, albeit only briefly, and to have been blessed by her life.

Pam Billings

November 11, 2020

Mary Lou was one of our first church contacts when we arrived in Greenville in 1989. She & Ken were so welcoming and together they were the kindest couple in extending invitations to attend Bible study group in their home. Terrific food and great fellowship always fostering connections within our church family. I will always be thankful for the times we shared at the Blue Ridge encampment & in Spartanburg for a live performance of Prairie Home Companion. She shared great stories about her time at ACU. She participated in our NE Church book group & had excellent taste in books for our discussions. Always positive & had generous affirmations of her church family & friends. A true Christian light & spiritual lady. Pam Billings

Sherri Grant

November 10, 2020

Mary Lou was one of the gentlest, kindest souls I have ever known. I am forever grateful for her influence in my walk with the Lord. I celebrate that she is home and can be with Ken and Janet and all those that have gone before, yet I mourn for those left behind. I wish I could attend the service to honor her. All of you are in my prayers as you grieve this precious lady.
Much love!!!

Laura Jennings

November 9, 2020

I cant begin to express the Love and peace Mary Lou shared with me the so selflessly. She loved me with a Mother's love tender and sweet. She was the embodiment of Christ. I can only imagine the shouting in Heaven when she arrived.

Jacki Ingalls

November 9, 2020

Mary Ann was a gracious, graceful loving friend. She was a faithful women of God. I could look or turn to her whenever I needed. She and Ken meant so much to me. She will be missed.


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