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1701 Austin Highway, San Antonio, TX


Wynemah Jean Durnell

September 16, 1924January 9, 2020

Wynemah J. Durnell (also known as Ivy Durnell), born September 16, 1924 at Kaw City, Oklahoma, died on January 9, 2020. She worked for Civil Service at Fourth and Fifth U.S. Army Headquarters and at Health Services Command until her retirement in 1982. In her book “A Wink and a Nod” she made the following statement to be printed at her death: “At the end of my rainbow, I shall say life has been interesting and worth it all. Please know I shall miss my loving family and friends on this earth. You are all invited to join me in the better life we believe is in Heaven. I will be the one wearing a hat and playing my quarter size violin. Do not cry for me, I lived a wonderful life and found retirement worth it all.” Her husband, Gill Durnell, preceded her in death. She is survived by her daughter, Celina Ann and husband, Bill Dewberry; grandchildren, Kristeena Dewberry, Asher Dewberry, Kimberlee Cook, Delaney Cook, and Dylan Cook; and many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, January 25th at 11:30 am with reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 5310 Stahl Rd., San Antonio, TX 78247. The family would like to extend special thanks to Samuel Vesa and staff at Pipestone Place and the caregivers with Embrace Hospice.


25 January

Memorial Service

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

St. Margaret's Episcopal Church

5310 Stahl Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78247


Wynemah Jean Durnell

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Carol Crawford

January 19, 2020

Dear Ivy,
You've left so many fond memories for us to cherish. I can still see you at the library book club, discussing a book. At the library book sale, rallying customers to buy more books. In the meeting room setting tables and decorating for a library staff appreciation. Telling stories to children wearing a clown outfit and doing a somersault on the carpet (only a few years ago!) But perhaps dearest to me will always be the memory of you sitting at the wooden table near the Reference section with a stack of heavy volumes, researching an author, reading, taking notes, and making photocopies. Thank you for all you did, and for the spirit you did it in. You are a treasure and will be greatly missed.

Jeannette Kight

January 19, 2020

I moved across the street from Ivy in 2000. She welcomed me to the neighborhood with open arms. We would often check on each other when the power was out or we had bad weather. I was quite sad when she moved away. I kept in touch for a little while, then life got in the way. I’ll always recall her with great fondness. I’m so sorry for the family’s great loss. She loved you all so very much.

Margaret Ensey

January 19, 2020

Dearest Celina.......how we loved Aunt Nema. She was so much fun and always the life of every get together. I can see her now dancing around Heaven, hat on her head, and making music on that little violin. She was such a treasure. God rest her soul. Much love and condolences on your loss. Wayne & Margaret

Ginger Hobbs

January 19, 2020

Ivy: you left the world a better place just by being in it. My sympathy to your family and loved ones. You could always find something to laugh about and enjoyed life to its fullest.

Diane Jimenez

January 17, 2020

My darling Celina, as we have trudged this road together in the past
few years your great strength and comfort when I needed you so much during the loss of my sister in law and brother can never be compensated enough through any kind of word or deeds. Your unfailing humor, your tenacious caring, is a force to be reckoned with. I know why your mom hung in there for 95 years, too afraid to leave or disappoint her lovely Celina. You will carry on the great gift of lighting up a room, giving the 110% to whatever project your special talents are needed. Your family can only hope that you are with them as long and lovingly as your mom. You were lucky to have each other.

Sue (Susie) Ivy

January 17, 2020

Oh, Aunt Nema how I Adored you.
Whenever I heard that you were coming to visit I was So excited!
You Literally lit up Every room that you came dancing into. And you Danced into every room that you entered. For that I thank you.
You were the life of every party, whether there was a party going on or not. I have always loved you and always will.
Until I see you again, sweet aunt.
I Love You!!! 💖💖💖💖💖

Katy McCarthy

January 15, 2020

Dearest Celina and Dew, very seldom in life is one given the opportunity to meet a person as special as Ivy was. Outgoing, intelligent, funny, and artistic... Her smile lit up any room she entered and her enthusiasm for life was fabulously contagious. I'll never forget the last day I spent with her! I will ALWAYS smile when I think of her. Love to you both during this difficult time. I'll see you soon! Katy

Mary Vander Veur

January 15, 2020

What a wonderful statement to be remembered by. Celina, your Mom sounds like a woman that lived life large with love and humor. In other words a woman I would loved to have known. Ray and I send You and Dew our love, condolences and wishes for peace. Take good care of each other. ❤️

Miriam Williams

January 15, 2020

Dew and Celina...and all family members. I am so sorry for your loss. Celina your mom sounds like such a wonderful lady....full of spunk and wit. I wish I could have met her. Thinking of all of you during this time of sorrow. Rejoice that she is in a better place! Love you guys.

Anna Edwards

January 15, 2020

My condolences to you and Celina. I could tell you loved Miss Ivy. She has gone to a better place but she will. Forever be your guardian angel. God Bless