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Mary Durkin Payton, formerly of Dunmore, a resident of Lackawanna Health and Rehab Center, died Wednesday. She was the widow of the late Timothy D. Payton, who died in 2002. Her first husband, James E. Durkin, died in 1970.
Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Patrick and the late Florence (Phillips) Ryan. Educated in Scranton schools, she was a graduate of St. Patrick's High School. Before retirement, she was employed at the former Clinical Laboratories in Scranton.
She is survived by a son, James (Lynn) Durkin, of Basking Ridge, N.J.; four daughters, Judy (James "Moon") Kelly, Dunmore; Karen Durkin, Scranton; Eugenia "Gene" (John) Beirne, of Richmond, Va.; and Mary (Stephane) Cloutier, of Ludlow, Mass.; nine grandchildren, Brendan Kelly, Julie Miller, Cate Simpson, Bridget Bennett, Erin Durkin Lyon, Kelley Durkin Envik, Kathleen Dooley, Kaitlyn and Emily Harned; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by six brothers, Thomas, Joseph, John, Paul, Patrick and Ryan; and three sisters, Mildred Williams, Jeanne Saccone and Therese Ann Ryan.
The family offers sincere thanks to staff members of Lackawanna Health and Rehab Center for the care and many kindnesses shown to their mother.
The funeral will be Saturday, May 5, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m., to be celebrated by Monsignor Neil J. Van Loon, at St. Paul's Church, 1500 Penn Ave., Scranton.
The family will receive relatives and friends from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Paul's Parish, 1510 Penn Ave., Scranton, PA 18509. For directions, or to leave an online condolence, visit the funeral home website.
Arrangements have been entrusted the care of the Jennings-Calvey Funeral and Cremation Service Inc., 111 Colburn Ave., Clarks Summit.
Visitation at St. Paul's Church, Scranton
My deepest sympathy for your loss. I worked with Mary along time at the Lab. She taught me how to do my job well. Please take care of yourselves and I know Mary is at peace now.
Kathy Strach May 5 2018 12:00 AM
My condolences go out to the family. We are sobered by death's approach, and the Bible encourages us to face death courageously saying: "Better is it to go to the house of mourning than to go to the banquet house, the one alive should take it to his heart: (Ecclesiastes 7:2).
angela Apr 23 2018 12:00 AM