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Emily Dianne Freeman Durham, of Priceville, Alabama, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. She was at home and under the care of Hospice of the Valley.
She was born Wednesday, Aug. 3, 1949, in Wilmington, North Carolina, to Leonard Maness Freeman and Margaret Estelle Mills Freeman.
On April 4, 1969, she married the love of her life, Ray Durham, and was blessed with a son, Scott Durham. She lived her life for them. She was not vain, and was a selfless, unmaterialistic, giving woman. She was a champion for those who could not defend themselves. Those who were close to her received her undying love. She was an avid reader, traveler, Yahtzee player, and loved spending time with her family. She worked as a civil servant for over 38 years, working most of her time with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. She was a tireless worker and volunteer. She spent many years giving her time to the youth sports of Decatur.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Leonard Maness Freeman and Margaret Estelle Mills Freeman; and her brother, Leonard Maness Freeman Jr.
Survivors include her husband, Ray Durham Jr.; one son, Scott Durham and wife Amber; three grandchildren, Andrew, Alan and Kelsey Durham; and one sister, Lynda Luna.
The family wishes to express its sincere appreciation to the staff of Hospice of the Valley for the kind, compassionate care given to Emily.
In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation to Hospice of the
Valley in Decatur.
A memorial service for Emily will be 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Hughey Reynolds officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing.
Visitation will be 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Published on February 20, 2017
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