Diana Lynn “Dee” Durbin

November 01, 1952 ‒ August 04, 2015

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: Diana Lynn “Dee” Durbin, 62, of Lexington, died peacefully Tuesday, August 4, 2015.  Both strong and brave, Dee handled her cancer diagnosis with grace and courage.

The daughter of Walter and Barbara (Thorp) Durbin, Dee was born November 1, 1952 in Mt. Vernon and graduated from Lexington High School.  The oldest daughter of nine children, Dee was her sibling’s second mom.

Dee enjoyed playing cards and games, especially euchre. She loved animals and had many fury friends. An encourager, Dee enjoyed watching sports and cheered on her siblings, and her nieces and nephews.  Her favorite sports teams included the Buckeyes, Browns, Indians and the Cavs.

A hard worker, most of her jobs were at night, during the midnight shift.   Dee loved to swim and took many trips to the beach.  She embraced her family and loved family gatherings.

Dee is survived by her daughter Misty Dawn Durbin (Amy) of Cleveland; siblings Rod (Sue) Durbin of Mansfield, Donald (Vanessa) Durbin of Lebanon, Il, Brian “Yogi” & Joy Durbin of Dublin, Teresa Durbin of Lexington, Steve & Valerie Durbin of Lexington, Michael “Pius” & Sally Durbin of Mansfield, Patty & Brian Wade of Bellville and Marty & Mary Durbin of Mansfield; and was a loving aunt to 21 and great aunt to 19 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

The family will receive friends Thursday August 6, 2015 from 4-8 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where funeral services will be Friday at 11 am.  Dee’s brother the Rev. Yogi Durbin will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Ohio Health Hospice may be made through the funeral home.

Online condolences and messages of sympathy to Dee’s family are encouraged by visiting:SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • I am so sorry to hear of Dee’s passing. Though I have not seen her in decades I have fond memories of her and the entire Durbin family. I feel sure the memories of happy times will sustain her extended family through this difficult time and in the years to come. She was a special lady and will be missed by all who knew her.

  • I’m so very sorry to hear this. May God give everyone in the Durbin clan His comfort and blessings.

  • My condolences to the Durbin family. I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your precious sister or family member. My thoughts are with you all.

  • My heartfelt Sympathy’s to the Durbin family. Dee and I worked together a long while ago. She was a sweet lady.
    I am praying for your whole family.That our Lord will give you peace that passes all understanding, and that He will give you the comfort at this time.
    Praying for strength for you too Pastor Yogi. Praying God envelopes you in His love ,and gives you the right words to say.

  • I’m so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. Much love to you Misty and to your family.

  • Dee was truly an amazing wonderful lady. I am glad to say she was truly a friend of mine.We shared the same birth month and year. I was born on the fifth.
    I will miss her deeply.

  • Dear Misty and Family,
    Deepest sympathy on the loss of your Mom. Rest assured she is pain free and at peace. Another Angel to watch over you. Please feel our arms around to hug you as comfort for the days ahead. Love to all!

  • Words cannot begin express my sorrow knowing the Durbin family is enduring such a profound loss of your beloved Dee. May the Lord’s light shine through your tears and help you all take some comfort knowing her suffering is over. Her sunset here on earth ,while difficult to bear, gives rise to her glorious sunrise in Heaven. Please except my deepest sympathies….

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the Durbin family at this time of loss. May you find comfort and peace knowing that she is “home” and suffers no more.

  • My heart and prayers for the family. May God bring you peace in the midst of you pain.

  • Beautifully written obituary. I’m so sorry for your loss, Misty. Your mom was so proud of the way you helped her through this time. You were a loving a dedicated daughter. To the Durbin clan I admired the way you gathered around Dee to make sure her last month’s were filled with love and laughter. You all are wonderful. Take care in the difficult days ahead.

  • Misty and Family, I am deeply sorry for your loss. Praying for your healing and strength at this time.

  • We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your sister. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
    Pam and Chris Shaffer

  • May the peace of Christ that passes understanding guard your hearts and minds on Dee’s passing. I’m very grateful for the friendship and influence of the Durbin family in my life. Dee was the glue that held it all together. I’m praying you can endure this agony with great hope. Dessert is on the way so keep your fork!

  • Our deepest sympathy to the Durbin Family. Our thoughts are with you all……… Bob and Carole Whitney

  • Our deepest thoughts and prayers go out to the Durbin Family. So sorry to hear about Dee. Again our deepest condolences

  • May the God of All Comfort surround you with his love and peace. When Dee closed her eyes here on this earth, she opened them anew on Heaven’s beautiful shores. Her lungs are healed and she is breathing deeply celestial air. Praise God for His promise of eternal life to all whose sins are forgiven through our Lord Jesus Christ. You will remain in our prayers.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May the Lord’s comfort surround your family with love and sweet memories.

  • Pius, May the memories of Dee’s legacy of love and God’s grace bring comfort to you and your family.

  • I am so sorry for your loss.She worked third shift and stocked my Depts. There was never a time that she did not have a smile on her face. She would “cut up” and have us laughing. She was always leaving when I came in, I miss seeing her. She will be greatly missed.

  • Thoughts and prayers of comfort to the Durbin family. I am sorry for your loss. I hope you all hold each up during the difficult days ahead.

  • You are held firmly in my heart, Misty. Wishing you strength for the journey that is ahead of you.

  • I am sorry to hear of your loss. Our family will lift yours up in prayer during this difficult time. I know God will carry you through and bring you out on the other side.

  • I am so sorry for the loss to all of you. I worked with Dee for several years, she was such a dear friend and wonderful co worker. She will be truly missed. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

  • My deepest condolences to the Durbin family. Our family felt so bad when we heard Dee was ill and continuing to pray for the family. She was always so nice and kind when I would see her or run into her. I believe she is in heaven with our Lord.

  • So sorry that this terrible affliction took another. Judging by her daughter, I’m certain Dee was a wonderful, loving person taken too soon.

    May God bless the entire family at this difficult time.


    Kevin and Kathy Lyons,

    Chardon, Ohio

  • Our most sincere condolences. Dee was kind and loving and devoted to her family. May you all find solace knowing you were there for her with your love and support when she needed you most. In the days ahead may your cherished fond memories of all your years together bring you comfort. We wish we could be there as you honor Dee’s life, but know that we are thinking of you with love in our hearts.

  • Terri and the Durbin family, I lift you in prayers and ask the Lord to bring all your wonderful memories of Dee to your minds when you need them most. May they be balm to your broken and aching hearts. I have fond memories of Dee in our youth that brings a smile to my heart. Our deepest sympathy to you all.

  • We’re very sorry to hear of the passing of Dee. The Durbin family has our deepest Sympathy. Dave and Debbie Schindler

  • Diana (my co-worker at WM) was the kind of person you wanted to be around. In all the time I knew her, I never once heard a negative comment come from her or hear her say anything bad about anyone. She just always smiled and it felt good to know she was there. If she knew she was ill, I never heard her complain. If she knew she was sick, she bore her pain in silence. I never told her how much I liked or respected her because I didn’t want her to think I was hitting on her. She made the world a better place and I am going to miss her very much. I wish I could have known her better.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Durbin family. We know how difficult it is to lose a sibling. So very sorry to hear of your loss.

  • Pious, I’my sorry for your loss. You and your family are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • I’m so sorry to hear Dee has passed. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Durbin Family.