Rhoda Edna Durden

October 3, 1934 - August 1, 2023

Rhoda Edna Durden, 88, of Port Arthur, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, August 1, 2023. She was born on October 3, 1934, in Louisiana, to Eva Gertrude McRee Roark and Homer Houston Roark.

Rhoda married the love of her life, Yancy Durden, and together they began to build a life together.   Rhoda was the mother of three children, and she loved being a mom.  She ran a beauty shop from her home, and she welcomed neighbors and friends as they gathered at the shop for a cup of coffee and a good conversation.  She also had a great love for crossword puzzles, and you would find her working crossword puzzles for hours.

Family meant everything to Rhoda, commonly known around town as “Mama D”.  She was a number one fan of her children, grandchildren, and even her great-grandchildren, and you would see her at sporting events, twirling recitals, and many other extra-curricular activities, cheering each one on.

Travel was another pastime that Rhoda enjoyed.   She looked forward to family reunions where she got to see many generations, or just returning to West Monroe to visit family.   She also enjoyed traveling with family, and she looked forward to trips with them each year.

First and foremost, however, Rhoda loved the Lord.   It was evident in every aspect of her life.  She attended church faithfully each week, and she was an active member of the Silvertones choir at FBC, Nederland, until her health no longer allowed her to do so.  Her neighbors would see her every morning sitting on her porch reading her Bible with a good cup of coffee in hand.  Everyone in the family knew that she prayed for each of them daily.

Rhoda was a loving, caring, devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

Survivors include her sister, Doris Glen Miller of West Monroe; brother, DeWayne Roark and wife, Kitty,  of Shreveport; son, Ken Durden and his wife, Pam, of North Carolina: son, Carl Durden and his wife, Cindy, of Port Neches; six grandchildren, Michelle Durden; Kara Durden; Aaron Durden and his wife, Heather; Candace Field and her husband, Freeman; Naomi Dvoretsky and her spouse, Rachel; and Michael Lofton of Monroe; twelve great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Yancy Harvey Durden, Jr. and daughter, Debbie Black.

A gathering of Ms. Durden’s family and friends will begin at 1:00 p.m., with her celebration service starting at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 12, 2023, at Crossroads Fellowship Church, 2005 North Peterson Street, Nederland.


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Gathering of Family and Friends

Crossroads Fellowship Church
  • 2005, N Peterson St, Nederland, TX, 77627,
  • August 12, 2023
  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Celebration Service

Crossroads Fellowship Church
  • 2005, N Peterson St, Nederland, TX, 77627,
  • August 12, 2023
  • 2:00 pm

Comments (5)

    Wanda Grimes says:

    Aunt Rhoda was such a caring and loving person. I always enjoyed visiting her home when I was a child.
    I am so happy that she was able to come visit me a few years ago.
    She will always be remembered for her kindness.

    Emily Wickler says:

    Carl and family
    Your Mom was a very precious lady.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Emily and Marena Wickler

    Ida Brevell says:

    Mr. Carl Darden and Family, I am so very sorry for your great loss. I know she was so very special to you. You will see her again. Sending our love.

    Tamra Smith says:

    Mrs. Rhoda was the sweetest! I loved seeing her at church with that beautiful smile and warm hug she would akways give me. She was serving the Lord always and did everything she could to make our church a warm and welcome place. I know she’s walking those streets of gold with Jesus. She was so proud of her family and loved them dearly. I loved it when brother Carl would talk of something from his childhood and say “right mom!” She wiuld smile and nod her head yes. They had such a special relationship. She will be greatly missed. I thank Jesus for her! She was a beautiful light who reflected the love of Jesus!

    Claire Dill says:

    Carl, Cindy and family…
    I’m sorry for the loss of your mom.
    Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

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