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Helen Grkovic Durand
(March 5, 1918 - December 17, 2012)

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Helen Grkovic Durand

Helen Grkovic Durand, 94 years of ages of Salmon, Idaho passed away at Steele Memorial Medical Center on Monday, December 17, 2012. Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at the Salmon Cemetery with Pastor Heidi Smith officiating. A Memorial service will be held in March at the First Presbyterian Church. Helen was born on March 3, 1918 in Helena, Montana to Eli and Zorka (Dakmanovich) Grkovic. She married Roy Victor Durand December 22, 1941 and two children were born of this union: Robert and Marcelen. She served on the Library Board for 59 years, Hospital Board, was a member of P.E.O for 50 years, Hugh Duncan Chapter #2 Order of Eastern Star, Anna Rebekah Lodge #14 and a member of the First Presbyterian Church. She stayed active into her 80’s. Helen loved Salmon and all of her friends. She loved to read, sew, knit, cook and especially enjoyed playing bridge with her card buddies. Her children and grandchildren were the recipients of her love and devotion. Her family will miss her and there is a big hole left in their hearts. There were many facets to Helen’s life. She traveled with many friends around the world. She liked to have a good time. Her church was her passion and she had a deep faith in God. We the family request that donations be made to the many activities she was involved with over the years. Please do so in her name. The First Presbyterian Church, P.E.O., Salmon Public Library and the Steele Memorial Hospital are just a few. The family wishes to thank you all who cared and loved Helen in her later years. She is survived by daughter: Marcelen (Larry) Queen of Chatsworth, California, three grandchildren: Laura (Gary) Tracy of Lancaster, California, Saundra (Daniel) Condraey of Simi Valley, California and Larry Keven (Cindy) Queen of Lancaster, California; eight great-grandchildren: Elizabeth, Jake, Jared, Jordon, Kailey, Eric, Cathy and Christopher; nephews: Duke (Carol) Grkovic, George “Skip” (Vivian) Grkovic and Charles Huber; nieces: Karen Grkovic, Jeanie, Janet and Vicki (Roger) Tracy; sister in law Waneta Grkovic. She was preceded in death her husband Roy Durand in 1982; parents, son Robert Durand, brothers: Duke, George and Nick Grkovic. Arrangements are under the direction of the Jones & Casey Funeral Home.


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