RIP Marilyn H. Durham
March 25, 2015
Marilyn J. (Wall) Durham
Marilyn J. (Wall) Durham, 84, of Evansville, Indiana, passed away Thursday, March 19, 2015 at Columbia Healthcare Center.
Marilyn was born in Evansville, Indiana on September 8, 1930 to the late Russell and Stacy (Birdsall) Wall. Marilyn wrote three novels, two of which became best-sellers. Her works include The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing (1972), Dutch Uncle (1973), and Flambard's Confession (1982). The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing was adapted into a film released in 1973, starring Burt Reynolds and British actress Sarah Miles. Marilyn spoke at numerous writing workshops at the University of Evansville, the University of Southern Indiana, and at other fiction writing groups in Evansville. She won the Fiction Award of the Society of Midland Authors in 1973. Marilyn worked as an instructor for McGraw-Hill's Continuing Education Center for over ten years. Marilyn taught Sunday school at Trinity United Methodist Church in downtown Evansville. She also enjoyed opera and reading "the unread treasures from the sales table" at Barnes & Noble.
Marilyn is survived by her daughter, Elaine Otto; sister and brother-in-law, Kay and Larry Henderson; grandsons Marine Staff Sgt. Robert Durham (Christina) and Andrew Otto; granddaughter Stacy Otto; great-grandchildren Theodore, Evalyn, and Elizabeth Durham; and cousins, Bill and Jan Fares.
Marilyn is preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Kilburn H. Durham, and her daughter, Jennifer Felker.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at Browning Funeral Home, 738 Diamond Avenue, Evansville, IN 47711, with Pastor Kaitlin Moore officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.
Friends may visit from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM, on Friday, March 27, 2015, and from 9:00 AM until service time on Saturday at Browning Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Smile Train, P.O. Box 96231, Washington, D.C. 20090-6231 or the Vanderburgh County Humane Society, 400 Millner Industrial Drive, Evansville, IN 47710.
Born: 9/8/1930, Evansville, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 3/19/2015,Evansville, Illinois, U.S.A.
Marilyn Durham’s western – author:
The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing - 1973