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Ann Martin Durkos

December 3, 1940 — January 9, 2024

Indianapolis

Ann Martin Durkos, “the love of my life”, age 83, transitioned to new life on January 9, at Community North Hospital Indianapolis. Ann was born in Chicago, Illinois to Robert and  Agnes Martin. Ann Martin graduated with Honors from Shortridge High School in Indianapolis, then studied Communications at Purdue University. Her dream was to be a translator at the United Nation.   

Life intervened for Ann when she met Steve, and while at Purdue, they married. After leaving Purdue, Steve began his career while Ann began family life with two children, first Susan and then Duane. Just over two years later, life again intervened with a knock at Ann’s door by two sheriff’s deputies with the news that Steve was involved in a tragic, vehicle accident leaving Ann, at a very young age, to raise two babies on her own.  

During that time, Ann, in addition to caring for a family, learned the wide chasm of freedom and rights that existed between men and women in the workplace as she attempted to find employment. This inequity focused Ann’s social action and leadership toward women’s rights in general for the remainder of her life, mainly through and with the Episcopal Church.

On May 16, 1970,Ann and Larry Durkos married. Larry tells the story of great love: “I married the love of my life, Ann Martin Durkos, and we became one. That bond grew over 53 years; I would miss her presence if she had gone to the grocery, and my heart would fill with joy as her smiling face would meet mine as she returned to the garage. Time and space could separate our being but never our love-filled hearts.  Not now, not ever. We are soulmates always.”

She was preceded in death by her parents and older brother Joel Martin. Ann is survived by her husband, Larry Durkos, two children, Susan Durkos and Duane Durkos, and two grandchildren, Rachel Durkos and Jessica Kamdar. 

A Celebration of Life Service will be held for Ann at Trinity Episcopal Church, 33rd and Meridian Streets, Indianapolis, at 10:00 AM Saturday, May 4, 2024. A short visitation will follow the service. Ann’s life of service to others was carried out through her many associations in faith, fraternal, social, and business communities her entire adult life.  

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Ann Martin Durkos-Pearl Fund to aid university women, payable to Alpha Eta Corporation Board and indicating the Ann Martin Durkos-Pearl Fund. Mailing address, Alpha Eta Building Corporation c/o Jamie Peters, 584 S. Cleveland Drive. Crawfordsville, IN 47933.

Indiana Funeral Care and Crematory is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements.




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