SALEM - Esther M. Duriga, 98, of Salem, Ohio, died at 3:15 a.m. Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at the Auburn Skilled Nursing Center.
She was born Nov. 21, 1915, in Louisville, Ky., daughter of the late Samuel C. and Lelar (Farmer) Graybeal.
Esther had worked as a clerk at the Isaly's Store in Damascus and was a Girl Scout leader with Troop #25. She was a graduate of the Rising Sun High School in Maryland.
Her husband of 71 years, Charles Duriga, whom she married on Aug. 9, 1932, preceded her in death on Feb. 19, 2004. A son, Joseph Duriga, passed away in May 2013, and five brothers, Ernest Walter Graybeal, Charles Graybeal, Gene Graybeal, John Graybeal and James Graybeal, also preceded her in death.
Survivors include three daughters, Carolyn Caldwell of Salem, Betty Filban of Columbiana and Charlene (James) Akenhead of Alliance; three sisters, Pern Wukotich, Bertie Wukotich of Salem and Bettie Donahoo of Aberdeen, Md.; a brother, Sam Graybeal of Galena, Md.; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the Stark Memorial Funeral Home with the Rev. Bob Amey officiating.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 14, 2014, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery in Salem.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Damascus United Methodist Church, Duriga Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 307, Damascus, Ohio 44619.
View Esther's obituary and send condolences online at www.starkmemorial.com.