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Joyce Durham, 88, Hospital Volunteer Director

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Joyce “Joy” Durham, 88, of St. Simons Island, Ga., died April 2.

Durham was a founding member of the White Plains Hospice and former director of volunteer services for White Plains Hospital.

She was born Feb. 1, 1924. A native of Birmingham, England, Durham served in the British Women's Land Army. She married Walter Durham on July 27, 1946 and in 1948, the couple moved to the U.S. In 1953, they moved to White Plains, where they lived for almost 30 years. Durham volunteered for many years as a Red Cross nurse aide at White Plains Hospital. She also volunteered for a reading center and day care.

After her husband’s premature death in 1973, Durham went to work at White Plains Hospital in the volunteer department, eventually becoming director of volunteer services. In 1989, she was named employee of the year for her dedication to patients. She retired in 1990 in order to be more available to her family.

Durham served on the vestry of St. Bartholomew's Church in White Plains and St. Mark's Church in Brunswick, Ga. She was a long time member of the board at Hospice of the Golden Isles and had recently been elected as Director Emeritus. Durham volunteered every week at the hospice for almost 20 years.

She is survived by two sons and three grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on April 14 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Brunswick. A reception and visitation will follow the service. There will be an additional visitation, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on April 16 at Ballard-Durand Funeral Home in White Plains. Following the visitation, she will be buried next to her husband in the White Plains Rural Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Golden Isles, 1692 Glynco Parkway, Brunswick, Ga., 31525 ( Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

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