Edna Fay Durham

June 9, 1937November 7, 2020

Edna Fay (Green) Durham was born in Cass County, Linden, Texas to Magnolia Green and Valvarion (Val) Dawkins. She was the second eldest of five children. Edna moved to Portland, Oregon in March of 1944. She was a long-time resident of Northeast Portland and attended Van Port/Sutton Grade School and Roosevelt High School. Edna was also a survivor of the Vanport Flood in March of 1948.

Edna came to Christ at an early age. She joined Vancouver Ave. First Baptist Church in 1945. Edna lived her life to the fullest; she enjoyed fishing, camping, listening to Down Home Blues, watching ALL kinds of Western movies, doing crossword puzzles, and most of all taking care of her family. She also enjoyed playing cards and dominoes. Edna belonged to The Ebony Rose City Travelers RV Club, and The Red Hatters.

Edna was an extremely hard worker; she held several different jobs until she started working for the Portland Public School District where she retired from Whitaker Elementary School.

In marriage to Eddie Green (deceased), they had 8 children, Aletha (Gray) Summerfield, Gregory Green, Donald Green Sr.(deceased), Eddie Lynn Green (deceased), Patricia (Green) Franklin, Linda (Green) Gay, Dorine (Green) Bromell, and Dona (Green) Salami.

The second love of her life was Arthur Lee Durham, and they married on February 14, 1981. From that union they produced no children, but she gladly accepted the responsibility of raising two more children, Gloria and Wyndell.

Preceding her death are her parents, Magnolia Green and Valvarion (“Val”) Dawkins; stepfather, Jeffel Dawkins; aunt, Thressia Corbet; aunt, Christeen Kelly; and uncle, Willie George Walton; brothers, Horace Edward Green, Bobby Lynn Green, and Kenneth Dawkins Sr.; daughter, Aletha Joyce (Gray) Summerfield; sons, Donald Green, Eddie Lynn Green Jr.; and son-in-laws, Thurman N. Bromell and Clarence Dean Gay.

She leaves those to cherish her memories: her loving brothers, Cecil Edward Green and Billie Green (Regina); her children, Gregory Green (Wanda), Patricia Franklin (Benjamin), Linda Gay, Dorine Bromell, Dona Salami (Abayomi “Sunny”); and son-in-law, Larry Summerfield; as well as 25 grandchildren; 34 great grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.

Edna Fay was a strong pioneer and Trailblazer woman, she will be loved and missed dearly.



  • Private Funeral Service

    Thursday, November 19, 2020


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Teri Plagmann

November 19, 2020

I have not seen Fay in a long time, but I am sorry to hear of her passing. She was a fun lady and my son Jaylen especially remembers his Grandma Fay fondly. As Arthur used to say whenever anyone passed away "Bless her on her journey".

Timisha Wilson

November 19, 2020

Grandma Faye, I love you and I’ll miss you but I am so grateful for the time we had. As children and then as adults, it was a joy to be around you, and the stories you shared will never be forgotten. I thank you for taking care and welcoming us into your home, time and time again. May you Rest In Peace and love forever and forever. ❤️

Raequel Patterson

November 15, 2020

You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you during this sorrowful time as we cherish the memories of Aunt Fay.
Love you all.
(Rae Rae)

Loretta Ward

November 14, 2020

I pray that God will Comfort and Strengthen during this difficult time. Edna Fay will always be in our hearts. Love you❤❤

Von Sheppard

November 13, 2020

My thoughts and prayers goes out to the entire family as Ms. Edna Durham transitions to the Ancestors and the Creator.

Carol Taylor

November 13, 2020

To my family,
I pray that God will comfort each of you during this season. Although, we are in Texas and not possible to travel, no that the bond and love we share is with you.
Love you all❤️

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