DURHAM, Nan Vaughn
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Nan Vaughn Durham, 83, a lifelong resident of Marietta, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 4, 2013. She attended Marietta High School, and received a bachelor’s degree in art education from Florida State University, graduating from college and getting married on the same day in 1950. She is preceded in death by her parents, John William Vaughn and Ruth Galley Vaughn Hibble, her husband Henry M. Durham, Jr., son Henry M. Durham, III (Trey), and cousin Jane Sprayberry Plage. She is survived by her daughter, Mindy Durham Freeman and husband David of Milton, grandsons Andrew Freeman and wife Samantha of Portland, Aaron Freeman of Atlanta and Joseph Freeman of Boston, cousins Margaret Holland, Shelby Morris, Dotty Plage-Greene, Sherry Plage Rambo, Judy Plage Booker, and Vaughn Swofford. Nan was the epitome of a Southern lady: gracious, charming and generous of heart and spirit. She devoted her life to helping others and her career spanned from teaching, to social work with Cobb County Division of Family and Children Services, to Cobb County probation officer, where she was named Georgia Probation Officer of the Year in 1991. Nan also used her creativity and love of art to design ladies handbags and co-founded “Nan’s Originals,” a successful business that made and sold her sought-after designs through retail shops and major juried craft shows throughout the South and Eastern U. S. After retirement, she became a world traveler and planned many extended trips, following her sense of adventure as she mastered the roads, rails and rivers of Europe. Her favorite destination was France, and she loved to visit Mont St. Michel. Always generous, she delighted in introducing her family and friends to world travel. The family would like to thank Nan’s caregivers, Juli Reed and Noel Snyder for their love and devotion during her illness. The family will receive visitors at 4 p.m., Thursday, July 11, at Mayes Ward Dobbins Funeral Home on Church Street in Marietta. A memorial service will begin at 5 p.m., followed by a Celebration of Life at The Marlow House. Contributions can be made in Nan’s memory to: The NAMES Project Foundation 204 14th Street, N.W. Atlanta, GA 30318 Attn: Individual Giving Online http://www.aidsquilt.org or to The Salvation Army 1000 Center Place, N.W. Norcross, GA 30093 1-800-725-2769


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