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Mardell L Durnal

Mardell Lalman Durnal, 88, of Siloam Springs, Arkansas passed away Saturday, January 9, 2021 at the Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville.

Mardell was born on November 21, 1932 in Iola, Kansas. She was the daughter of Kenneth H. Lalman and Bernita A. Willis Lalman. She married James Durnal on September 25, 1950 in Huntsville, Arkansas, celebrating 70 years of marriage. Mardell was an LPN, having received her certification in the only class offered in Siloam Springs and worked for the Woodland Manor Nursing home for 47 years. The families and patients she attended to and the nurses she trained admired her. She was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church of Siloam Springs and held a strong faith. She enjoyed camping, traveling, reading, and working crossword puzzles.

She is survived by her husband James Durnal; one daughter, Mary Alice Strickland and husband Stanley of West Fork, Arkansas; two sons, Clay Durnal and wife Jill of White Rock, New Mexico, Randy Durnal and wife Nancy of Fort Scott, Kansas; two brothers, Jerry Lalman of Mapleton, Kansas and Bill Lalman of Fort Scott, Kansas; one sister, Betty Kastle of Washington, Kansas; eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Shirley Foster and Eloyse Stewart: and one brother Kenneth Lee Lalman.

The family will hold a private graveside service. Arrangements are entrusted to the direction of the Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home of Siloam Springs. To sign online guestbook please go to www.backstrom-pyeatte.com. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes or to the American Bible Society.



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Marvell was a sweet friend and so thoughtful of others! I admired her consistent caring for everyone around her. She is sorely missed

Betty Milam Feb 9 2021 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad and difficult time. Please know, that Mardell will continue to live in our hearts with fond memories and gratitude. Our love and sincere condolences, Frank, Astrid, Cosima and Saska Boswell

Astrid Boswell Jan 16 2021 12:00 AM

We are so saddened to hear of the loss of Mardell--- she was a high school class mate of Christine Spencer Curran and I (L. D. Curran)--- and have corresponded with her for all these years---- we have a lot of great memories from those High School days-- Mardell has so hard and been so faithful in caring for James all these years--- The Lord has another Saint in His house. May God Bless and keep all of the family-- L. D and Christine (Spencer) Curran

L. D. and Christine Curran Jan 13 2021 12:00 AM

My Condolences To You, Mary Alice & Family, On The Passing Of Your Loved One.

Randy Vohs Jan 12 2021 12:00 AM

My heart goes out to your family. Aunt Mardell was the strongest woman I knew and a true joy to have in our lives.

Tim Durnal Jan 12 2021 12:00 AM

I am so sorry about Mardells passing. She was such a good woman and a Faithful Christian example

Brodey Jan 12 2021 12:00 AM

Heartfelt sadness at the loss of your mother! So blessed to have known her. Keeping you all in prayer!

Sue Daugherty Jan 12 2021 12:00 AM

We really enjoyed visiting Mardell and James for the last few years as part of the Homebound Ministry. We were always impressed by her faithfulness to James,
We will miss her so much. We are praying for her family.

Carolyn &Jim Coats Jan 12 2021 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear about your mom - you were so blessed to have her as long as you did - sending big hugs your way!

Beth knight Jan 11 2021 12:00 AM