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ST. REGIS — Marlene Durland passed away July 1, 2018 at her home in St. Regis of natural causes. She was born in Broadus, Jan. 19, 1937 to Elinor and Clyde Trevaskis, the middle of three children. An older brother Clyde and a younger brother Dwaine. They lived in the Broadus area for several years when Elinor and Clyde separated. Elinor met Alex Roots and they married, bringing two more children into the family, Ramona and Dallas. Marlene always thought of Alex as her father from then on. The new family then moved to Ronan. In 1947 they purchased a ranch in St. Regis. Marlene graduated from St. Regis High School in 1955 and then enrolled in St. Patrick School of Nursing graduating in 1958. She was the vice president of her graduating class. She returned to St. Regis working at Mineral County hospital for a short time before going to Spokane and working in Surgery at Deaconess Hospital. The following year she married Donald Durland. After a short time at the Wallace Ranger district, in Idaho, Don was transferred to Alaska. Marlene worked part time for doctors’ offices and they started their family, Dawn and Debbie both born in Ketchikan. In 1966 Don was transferred to Butte. Marlene worked for the American Red Cross Blood Bank and City/County Home Health Agency. A son David joined the family. 

In 1981 Don and Marlene retired to St. Regis where they purchased Marlene’s parents ranch and built their retirement home. During these years they enjoyed traveling and especially enjoyed getting together with the lifelong friends they made with the US Forest Service. Marlene will be missed by all, but everyone has many fond memories of her kind and caring ways. She always put others before herself. We will remember her dry sense of humor and her funny sayings. Days before she died, she told a hospice worker that “she had more problems than a one-legged man in a butt kicking contest.” She dealt with rheumatoid arthritis for 44 years, but never complained.

Marlene was preceeded in death by her parents, brother Dwaine and her husband Don. She is survived by her brothers Clyde Trevaskis, Dallas Roots and sister Ramona Hildahl, three children Dawn Jensen (Clay), Debbie Burkett (Steve) and Dave Durland, seven grandchildren, Amanda, Amber, Jacob, Nicholas, Beau, Patrick and Mark, six great grandchildren, Lashai, Jackson, Eli, Natalie, Olis and Kyla, several cousins, nieces, nephews and an aunt Allie Swope.

She requested that there be no service. Memorials in her memory may be sent to Partners in Home Care Hospice in Missoula or the Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation.

the life of: Virginia (Marlene) Lee Durland
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