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Leon H. & Betta June DURHAM (d. 12.5.1966)

[San Mateo County Obit Board]

Posted by Newspaper Abstractor on Tuesday, October 10, 2006 at 18:39:02 :


Funeral services were held Friday from the Chapel of the Nauman and Lincoln Mortuary in South San Francisco for Betta June and Leon H. Durham who died suddenly in Brisbane, December 5.

They are survived by their seven children, Mrs. Esther Heinzle, Leon O., William L., Richard C., Paul D., Randall L., and Jeffery E. Durham, all of Brisbane.

Mrs. Durhamís parents are Mr. and Mrs. John Chapman of Los Altos, and Mr. Durhamís mother, Mrs. Fannie Lou Durham, resides in Brisbane.

Interment was at Golden Gate National Cemetery.

Record-Enterprise. Page 6, Sunday, December 11, 1966
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Accident Orphans Seven
Parents Killed In Brisbane

Seven Brisbane children were orphaned this Christmastide when both their parents were killed in a grinding one-car crash on Old Bayshore Road, late yesterday.

Leon Durham, 40, and his wife, Betta, 39, were returning home shortly after 4 p.m. when their car went into a spin on the rain-slick road and hurtled into a bulldozer parked parked some ten yards off the pavement.

Long-Time Residents
The Durhams were pronounced dead on arrival at Peninsula Hospital, where they were taken immediately after the accident.

The couple were long-time residents of Brisbane, residing at 169 Lake Street.

Durham was co-owner of the Hot Corner Bar in San Francisco. His wife worked as a cocktail waitress at Basin Street West, also in San Francisco.

The couple is survived by seven children, ranging in age from 5 to 20 years old, and two grandchildren.

Eldest of the Durham children is Esther Heinzle, 100 East Moltke Avenue, Daly City.

In School
The other children all reside in Brisbane. They are Jeffery, 5; Randy, 8; Paula 13; Ricky, 16; Larry, 17, and Lonnie, 18.

The three youngest children attend school is Brisbane, while the eldest attend Jefferson High School in Daly City.

Police said apparently Mrs. Durham was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident.

The force of the impact threw Mrs. Durham over to the passengerís side of the car, Police said.

A family spokesman said funeral arrangements were pending.

The San Mateo Times, Tuesday, December 6, 1966, Front Page, continued on page 8.

From CADI:
DURHAM BETTA J 06/04/1927 LINDSLEY F SOUTH DAKOTA SAN MATEO 12/05/1966 553-32-5612 39 yrs
DURHAM LEON H 08/29/1926 DAVIS M GEORGIA SAN MATEO 12/05/1966 418-24-1703 40 yrs

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