Sherry Lee Durham

Jan 8th, 1939 - Dec 12th, 2017


Blue Funeral Home (Goreville)

Thu, Dec. 14th, 2017 5pm-8pm


Blue Funeral Home (Goreville)

Fri, Dec. 15th, 2017 11am

Sherry Lee Durham

Goreville-Sherry Lee Durham, 78, passed away on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at Herrin Hospital.

Sherry was born on January 8, 1939 in Marion to Elvis Dean and Mildred (Burklow) Parrish. She married Bill Durham on December 25, 1958 at the Methodist Church in Goreville.  He preceded her in death on May 4, 2008.

Sherry loved attending ballgames, sewing, playing dominos and cards, working crossword puzzles and especially loved spending time with all her family.

Survivors include:

Daughters-Toni Ames and husband Dennis of Goreville and Jackie Sue Durham of Vienna

Grandchildren-Lance and Jessica Merchant and Kelsey Merchant

Great grandchildren-Brooklyn Shay Ralls, Briley Shay Merchant and Brynna Jaye Merchant

Brothers-Jackie Parrish and wife Shirley of Marion and Denny Parrish and wife Alisa of Goreville

Sisters in law-Thelma Parrish of AZ and Donna Parrish of AZ

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Bill; brothers, Max Parrish, Kenneth Deon Parrish, Bill Parrish, Bobby Parrish, Carl “Tubby” Parrish and infant brother, John Wayne Parrish.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 15, 2017 at 11am at Blue Funeral Home in Goreville with Rev. R.G. Null officiating. Burial will follow at Cana Cemetery.  Visitation will be on Thursday, December 14, 2017 from 5pm-8pm at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at Blue Funeral Home/PO Box 411/Marion, IL 62959

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9 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Missy Parrish (Niece to Aunt Sherry)

    From: Scottsdale, Arizona

    Date: December 13, 2017

    Aunt Sherry- I will miss you so much! I will keep all my childhood memories of us so close to my heart! Your homemade pickles were my favorite and every time we visited, I got to stay with you and Jackie Sue and go to Dairy Queen! I love you and thank you for being my aunt! Fly High! I know my dad and brother and all our family in heaven are with you now! To all my family back home, may God wrap his arms around you and comfort you at this time! Much Love Missy Parrish

  • Guest: Everett Harris

    From: Rockport, Texas

    Date: December 13, 2017

    I am very sorry for your loss.

  • Guest: Vicki Nannie Groome

    From: Xenia, Illinois

    Date: December 14, 2017

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family with the loss of your mom

  • Guest: Rebecca D Burroughs

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: December 14, 2017

    Toni, my deepest sympathies. Your mother was a wonderful person. You are in my prayers.

  • Guest: Gail Dooley Moore

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: December 14, 2017

    Toni, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Just hearing your Mom’s name brings back a lot of memories. I know she will be missed.

  • Guest: Peggy Jean Smoot

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: December 14, 2017

    Toni, you have my sincere sympathy.

  • Guest: Brenda K Etheridge (Dooley)

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: December 14, 2017


    So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing she will be missed.I knew your mom and dad for along time.

  • Guest: Linda Harris Dietrich

    From: Granbury, Texas

    Date: December 16, 2017

    Had lots of good times with the Parrish children. Sherry was a wonderful person

  • Guest: Viola Harris

    From: Valirco, Florida

    Date: December 17, 2017

    The best friend you could have thru the schools years and thru life. Use to always stop at Sherry to walk to school. She was the greatest,