Eddie Ernestine Durkin
Eddie Ernestine Durkin, 84, of San Diego, California passed away on July 31, 2020 after a long and courageous battle with Leukemia while in the care of her family. She was born March 1936 in De Queen Arkansas to Ernest and Gwendolyn Shands, the only daughter and the oldest of 5 children. Her family moved from Arkansas to San Diego in 1950. In 1954 she was part of the first graduating class from Kearny High School. In 1957 she met Leo Durkin while working as an elevator operator at a downtown department store. They married June 20, 1959. In 1958 she graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in Education. Ernestine amazingly completed her Master of Education degree in 1977 while working as a full- time teacher. Ernie loved continually improving her teaching skills through professional development and she became a Master Teacher and mentor in the San Diego Unified School district. She taught for over 38 years which included tutoring her grandchildren and friends’ children. She was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International and enjoyed keeping in touch with these teacher friends regularly. She was a devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend and a generous and compassionate soul. She was honest and loyal to her family and friends. She loved exploring the national parks with her family. She loved the frequent trips to the Salton Sea, Colorado River, and the fishing outings at Fiesta Island. In retirement she enjoyed traveling and visiting her children and exploring the country with her husband in their motorhome.
Ernie was a woman of principle. She was a Christian by faith. In 1977 she joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints. She served in a variety of volunteer positions. She served in the children’s Sunday school organization by mentoring teachers. She really loved coaching women’s volleyball and basketball.
She loved the weekly tradition of meeting for lunch with her siblings’. She was very appreciative of the love and support she received from her family especially the last few difficult years of her life. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, other family, and friends. She is survived by her husband, Leo W. Durkin Jr. , their children; son Leo W. Durkin III (Debra) and daughter Sherrie Davidson (Rob). She is also survived by siblings Bob &(Sonia)Shands, Don & (Rosie) Shands, Barney &(Debbie) Shands, Woody& (Judy) Shands, 14 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren, along with a great number of nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand nephews.
We appreciate all the love, prayers and support we have received from all of you during these challenging times. Due to the restrictions for gathering in California we are holding a family memorial service Aug 23rd via zoom. We would love for family and friends to share a memory or thought or two below about Ernie.