Rose Addis Durbin


Rose Addis Durbin, 90, of Connellsville, died Thursday, August 15, 2019, in the arms of her family in her current home of Clifton, Va. Rose was born September 2, 1928, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late Emmett M. and Mary Softcheck Addis.

Rose was a member of East Liberty Presbyterian Church in Vanderbilt, where she served as an elder and choir member for nearly 80 years. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Rose graduated as the valedictorian from Dunbar Township High School in 1946. After raising four children, Rose enjoyed a career as a teacher's assistant, served as the home-office executive director for Pennsylvania State Senate Majority Leader William J. Lincoln for more than 20 years and as the vice-chair of the Fayette County Democratic Party.

Surviving her are her daughter, Rickye Durbin-Farrell and her husband, Patrick Farrell of Clifton, Va.; her son, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Robert Durbin and his wife, Diana of Oakton, Va.; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Rose was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Robert "Bob" Durbin; and her sons, Randall Durbin and Rodd Durbin.

A memorial service celebrating Rose's life will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 14, at East Liberty Presbyterian Church, with Pastor H. David McElroy officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to East Liberty Presbyterian Church, Vanderbilt, PA 15486.

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