Nelsen Williamsburg

3785 Strawberry Plains Rd., Williamsburg, VA


Priscilla Cole Durden

March 28, 1930January 8, 2020

Priscilla Cole Durden, 89, passed away on Jan. 8, 2020 in Newport News, Virginia.

She was born in West Paris, Maine to Lorenzo and Mona Cole.

After graduating from West Paris High School in 1948, she began her nursing career at New England Deaconess in Boston.

She married Walter David Durden and together they raised two children while living in California, Ethiopia and Virginia.

For years, she worked as a nurse at Fairfax Hospital outside Washington DC, working the night shift so she could be with her family during the day.

Whether driving cross-country to visit family, taking a cruise with her sister-in-law, playing the slots in Las Vegas or renting a cottage on North Carolina's Outer Banks with her children and grandsons, she loved to travel.

When not on the road, she enjoyed shopping, playing mahjong, catching up on the phone and watching spy movies and thrillers.

She never missed a graduation, always sent a Christmas card and never forgot to call you on your birthday.

She was preceded in death by her devoted husband of 58 years, CDR USN Ret. Walter David Durden; her brother Sherman; and sister Mary Jane.

She is survived by her son, Walter David Durden Jr. and his wife Brenda; daughter Deborah Durden; three grandsons, Christopher, Todd, and Scott; sister-in-law Edith Cole; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

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Nancy Rehbein

January 13, 2020

You will be missed.

Carrilynn Corbin

January 13, 2020

Aunt Pris was always so cheerful and energetic! I remember how much Momma loved spending time with her, even though they didn't get to see each other very often. I think they bonded during the time she and David, Jr. spent time at our grandmother's house in the mid/late 50's when Uncle David was out at sea with the Navy.
It's always hard when a loved one passes on; you guys are in my thoughts and prayers.

Ruth Fraley

January 11, 2020

I played HKF with PriscillA the last few months. She loved the game and it was fun teasing her. She will be missed by the whole group

Christopher Durden

January 8, 2020

My grandmother was one of a kind. I was lucky to share 39 years of my life with her. I am grateful to have those memories with me forever. Love you always.