Helen Hoover Durlin Nichols of Rogers, AR, formerly of Eureka Springs, AR, born to Warren P. and Virginia Lee Lugenbeel Hoover on 10/15/1924 in Monett, MO, passed away on March 27, 2007, after a long illness, at age 82.
She graduated in 1942 from Eureka Springs High School and shortly after that joined her husband, Maurice E. Durlin, Sr. in California. She retired as a Federal Protective Services Officer guarding the U.S. Federal Building in Los Angeles, CA., in 1976 and returned to her beloved Ozarks, where she lived out her years.
Helen was a kind and giving person. She was always more concerned about how other people were doing than with her own well-being. It is widely believed that when her oldest child was critically injured as a teenager she made a promise to God that if only Ricky were spared she would never ask for anything for herself and she would take care of him. (He lived another 50 years, with her help and support). And that is how she lived her life to the end; reluctant to ask for help for herself, afraid that she was imposing on others, but generous to a fault when it came to taking care of everyone else.
She was preceded in death by her eldest son, Maurice E. (Ricky) Durlin, Jr., both of her parents, and four brothers; Warren P. (Paul) Hoover Jr., Joseph Howard Hoover, Henry (Jack) Foster Hoover, and James Archie (Jimmy) Hoover. Also, both husbands, Maurice E. Durlin, Sr. and Charles F Nichols preceded her in death.
Her remaining two sons, George Michael and wife Sandy Durlin of Garfield, and David Durlin of Rogers survive her. Her surviving siblings are one brother, Gary Carl Hoover of Greenbrier, AR, and four sisters, Mary and Pete Morgan of Seligman, MO, and Rita Alice Capps, Elizabeth (Betty) Huffman, and Barbara (Bobbie) Loriaux, all of Rogers, AR. Eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and a few aunts and uncles also survive her. All are near and dear to her heart.
A memorial service will be held at Benton County Funeral home at 12 pm on Saturday, March 31, 2007. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Heart Association. Online condolences can be made at www.bentoncountyfuneralhome.com
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