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Mardella Kathryn Durst

May 20, 1927 - June 19, 2019
From: Cedar Falls, IA | Originally: Spencer, IA
Mardella Kathryn Durst

Mardella Kathryn Durst

Born: May 20, 1927
Died: June 19, 2019
Age: 92

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 Mardella Kathryn Durst (Mardy), born May 20, 1927 in Palmer, Iowa to Reamer and Nelly (Reiter) Aden.  She passed away at NewAldaya in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at the age of 92.  She was baptized June 18, 1927 and confirmed in her Christian faith on March 29, 1942, both at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Palmer, Iowa.  Mardy graduated from Havelock High School, May 19, 1944 and furthered her education in Omaha, Nebraska at Radio and Teletype School.  After completing the course, Mardy and a High School friend worked as waitresses at Carter Café in Des Moines, Iowa for about a year.

     Mardella married Meryl L. Smith March 15, 1946 at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Pocahontas, Iowa.  They raised a family of four daughters, Sandra Stone, Joyce Bailey, Donna Drake, and Connie Seaman.  Meryl and Mardella were divorced in 1971.

     On June 13, 1971 she married Paul Durst at a Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and resided in Spencer, Iowa.  Paul had two daughters and two sons.

     Mardy was a cook at South Clay High School in Gillett Grove, Iowa, and at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer, Iowa.  She was the bookkeeper at National Spencer, Spencer, Iowa.  She also worked on a contract basis to take surveys for businesses.

     Mardy enjoyed painting ceramics, embroidery, quilting, sewing, playing cards, gardening, camping and boating, time with family and friends, family vacations, the Clay County Fair, and going to Texas for the winter.

     Mardella was preceded in death by her husband, Paul, two brothers, Louie Aden and Leroy (Ruth) Aden, and a sister IvaLee (Roger) Coleman, two sons-in-law, Darrell Stone and Greg Seaman, and stepson, James Durst and step great granddaughter.

     Left to cherish her memory are her four daughters Sandra Stone, Cedar Falls, Iowa, Joyce (Floyd Mefferd) Bailey, Laurens, Iowa, Donna (Joe) Drake, Des Moines, Iowa, Connie Seaman, Dickens, Iowa; 13 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, five great-great grandchildren, three stepchildren Judy (John) Haulman, Pahrump, Nevada, Jeannie (David) Fitz, Ames, Iowa and Jerry Durst, Washta, Iowa; step daughter-in-law Connie Durst, Milford, Iowa, six step grandchildren, and eight step great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M., Friday, June 28, 2019, at the First English Lutheran Church in Spencer, Iowa.
Pastor Brian Saunders
Brian Bailey
Brent Bailey
Brad Bailey
Alex Drake
Joshua Seaman
Jacob Seaman
Will begin at 11:30 A.M., prior to the funeral service at the Church.
"All Who Believe And Are Baptized"
"How Sweet the Name Of Jesus Sounds"
"Now All The Vault Of Heaven Resounds"

Organist: Vicar Nathan Wille
Summit Hill Cemetery
Pocahontas, Iowa
Immediately following the services at the church


Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 2:52 PM
“Sorry for your loss. Would the Durst name be of any relation to the Michael Conrad Durst family of Pine Island, Mn. that migrated to Fairchild, wi.- thank you for a reply Don”
- Donald Lee [Durst} schutte
Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 7:58 PM
“My deepest sympathy to Connie, Donna, Joyce and Sandy. I am sending prayers and hugs to you all. I have such wonderful memories about my Aunt Mardella. I loved hearing her tell stories of growing up with my dad, IvaLee, Grandma and Grandpa on the farm. She worked hard, enjoyed her time off, made the best cinnamon rolls I've ever tasted and loved her family and extended family. Her life enriched my life and I am so thankful I got to be her niece. My thoughts and love are with you all.”
- Beth
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 7:23 AM
“Sorry for your loss, lots of good memories growing up with the Smith Family!
Take care and God Bless 🙏🏻”
- Randy and Suzanne Krukow
Monday, June 24, 2019 at 9:04 PM
“Dear Durst family:
Take comfort in knowing Mardella has the hope of living again in Paradise on earth when there will be no more crime, sickness or death- only peace, righteousness, and perfect health! Jehovah - “the God of all comfort” assures us of this. John 5:28, 29, Psalms 37:9-11 and 2 Corinthians 1:3,4. For more information on what God's Kingdom will do for mankind please visit
- Casandra
Monday, June 24, 2019 at 10:16 AM
“Sandy, Donna, Joyce and Connie and families. Sorry to hear about your mom. What a lady and what a life she has lived. Prayers to all”
- Bonnie Bailey Black
Friday, June 21, 2019 at 9:22 PM
“So very sorry to hear of Mardy's passing, thinking of you.”
- Mike and Terry Durst
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