Marianne Durham was a 63 year resident of Torrance, passed away Sunday July 22, 2018. Marianne was born in Meadville, Pennsylvania in 1922 and moved to California in 1951. She was a Radio City Rockette in the early 40’s with her two sisters. They traveled the world with the USO Camp shows entertaining the troops along the way with her friend Dave Brubeck the jazz pianist. Marianne was married to Sy Durham. She is survived by her four children Karen Simkiss of Colorado; Sandy Munn of Bellflower, California; Dave Durham of Torrance, California and Mary Lou Durham of Harbor City, California. She also has six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Rosary will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance on Wednesday July 25, 2018 at 7pm. Mass will be at St James Catholic Church Redondo Beach on Thursday July 26, 2018 at 10:00 am.Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City.

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  1. I am sorry for the loss of your Mom, Dave. My thoughts are with you and your family. Wishing you peace at this difficult time. Your mom will always be in your hearts and memories.

  2. Marianne was my aunt–my dad’s sister only one year younger than he was. By all accounts, she and he were best friends growing up, Aunt Marianne intervening on his behalf more than once when he got in trouble with Grandpa. Even after they were grown, Aunt Marianne looked out for Dad, creating and keeping a photo album for him, captioning the photos as if he were doing the writing. She became fast friends with my mother as well, once Mom and Dad began dating. Later, after I was born, Aunt Marianne and her sisters babied me, the first grandchild, and they sent me souvenirs from the Pacific when they were on tour with the Rockettes. When Marianne married Sy and moved away, she and I kept up a correspondence for a while, but we eventually lost touch. I am so thankful that I renewed my connection to her children recently, my wonderful cousins Karen, Sandy, Dave, and Mary Lou, and I was lucky enough to visit them a couple of years ago and see Aunt Marianne one last time. She was the last of her generation of the Kress family and will be missed by those she has left behind. And yet, if anybody has gone straight to Heaven upon his or her passing, it is my dear Aunt Marianne, who had a very personal relationship with God and the angels. I can see her now in my mind’s eye, reunited with her sisters Trix and Ginny and her brother Paul, my dad, as well as Grandma and Grandpa, who welcomed her in Heaven with open arms. Even now they must be together, remembering old stories and just happy to be in one another’s company again, as well as hearing about her sweet children and how they loved and cared for their mom. I am comforted by these thoughts even as I grieve for my darling Aunt Marianne. May my cousins be comforted as well. I love you guys!

  3. Sending love and heartfelt condolences to my cousins Karen, Dave, Sandy, and Mary Lou. Aunt M was a gem. She was kind, caring, and ever ready with a smile and a laugh. I am sure she is with her sisters, Trix and Ginny, rehearsing a new tap routine up in heaven with Uncle Paul and the rest of the family and loved ones looking on. Rest in peace, Aunt M. Love you.

  4. It took me a bit of hunting to find this site, so glad i finally did. As i watched and listed to the video of her, I recalled what a sweet heart your Mom was, her bright smile and happy laugh. Weren’t we so lucky and blessed to have had such wonderful parents! Sending you all, our love and sympathy. Even though the end is never easy, what a joy to know Marianne had a wonderful fulfilled life ,so loved by her family and so many others. God Bless. Love, Renata Coury

  5. Love and condolences to all the family of Marianne. She will always be special to me. Her daughter Karen and I have been friends for over 60 years.. The Durham home was like a second home for me and many others. She made my wedding cake when I got married. She was a troop leader for our Junior Catholic Daughters group. She always had a twinkle in her eye and a ready laugh. Sandy and Mimi and Dave and Karen, I am so very sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing your Mom with me and many others. Love to all.

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