In Memory of Lilyian Durhman

Gathering of Family and Friends

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Friday November 15, 2019
Joy Lutheran Church
1435 St. Croix Street
Prescott WI, 54021

Memorial Service

11:00 am
Friday November 15, 2019
Joy Lutheran Church
1435 St. Croix Street
Prescott WI, 54021

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Lilyian Audrey Durhman, age 86 of Prescott, WI, formerly of Montevideo, MN, passed away November 1, 2019. Lilyian was born August 11, 1933 in Dundalk, MD to Herbert and Hazel (Le Brun) Merriken. Lily graduated from Dundalk High School, the Class of 1951. Following High School, Lily went onto business college. Lily was united in marriage on September 7, 1957 in Germany to Neil Eric Durhman. Their marriage was blessed with two sons, Grant and Eric, and 62 years of love and devotion.

Lily was a wonderful wife and mother, providing a home with unconditional love while raising her sons. She enjoyed flower gardening, greenhouse work, and playing racquetball and golf with her friends. Lily was active in the Montevideo community, volunteering much of her time to others. Lily and Neil were fortunate to share many travels to Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. They also cherished their winters in Arizona.

Lily will remain in the hearts of her loving husband, Neil; sons, Grant (Cindy) Durhman of Prescott and Eric (Jacquelyn) Durhman of Fountain Hills, AZ; grandchildren, Royce, Paige, Patrick and Madelyn; brother-in-law, Paul (Rita) Durhman of Onalaska, WI; and sisters-in-law, Mary (Bob) Simonson of Bowman, SD and Rose Durhman of Zumbrota, MN. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, John Merriken; and brother-in-laws, Raymond and Alan Durhman.

A Memorial Service will take place 11:00 AM Friday, November 15, 2019 at Joy Lutheran Church, 1435 St. Croix St., Prescott, with Pastor Steve Meyer officiating. A Gathering of Family and Friends will take place one hour prior to the service. A time of fellowship will immediately follow.

Funeral services are entrusted to the O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home of Prescott.

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  • We both will miss Lily. I knew Lily a lot longer that Paul and were very sorry to hear the sad news in the Christmas letter from Neil received today.
    We both remember the good visits at lake
    scandi in the summer time, always looked forward to see the car pull in on Thursday around noon.
    May her flowers planted around the house keep blooming and be a constant reminder of her lover for the lake and flowers
    Blessing to you Neil and all your family
    Mary and Paul

  • Will miss this sweet, kind,funny, little lady. My sincere sympathy to Neal,

    She will be deeply missed on Wednesday night at PVC.

    Norma & Brad

  • Lily was our next door neighbor on the bluff overlooking the Ms River. I enjoyed our talks about birds and tow boats. I will mis her.

  • When we think of Lily, we always smile. The joy and enthusiasm she brought to each day was contagious. We cherish our memories and will forever remember!
    Our sincere sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with you Neal, Grant, Eric, your families and all who loved Lily.

  • My thoughts and prayers to you all!!!! I enjoyed working with Lily at the greenhouse, her love for flowers and the community will always be remembered!!!!

    Carmen Haugen

  • Lily always was a staunch supporter of all of her family, my family and of all of her friends.
    We shared so many laughs around our dinner tables!
    And who can ever forget the ‘pool’ time watching our kids swim.
    Without a doubt these hundreds of shared joys are treasures.
    God must have realized that his flowers in heaven needed tending so he brought her home.
    My sadness is deep
    I am so very grateful that she was in my life
    She is and always will be my dearest friend
    Blessings to you Neal … and to Eric and Jackie and Grant and Cindy and the kids.