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Annie Elvira Durgin

For many years an interested member of the Historical Society, a native of Medford, and since 1877 a teacher in the public schools, closed her long and faithful service, and after a wearisome fatal sickness entered into her rest on Saturday, October 17, 1925.

In former issues the Register has presented her memorials of her associates, and now we can do no better, and wish to add the following by her associates at Washington School, as presented in the Medford Messenger.—

Hardly a year has gone since Annie E. Durgin was in active service at the Washington School. Now she is called to a higher service to which she has deservedly been promoted. Through all the long weary months of her suffering, her old indomitable spirit had never failed. Her supreme faith in God, her love of life only so long as she could be of service, made her courageously face the inevitable end.

We said that she was a teacher of the ‘old school.’ Whether that were true or not, we do know she truly loved her work for itself alone. She had what every true teacher always has, the real missionary spirit. She assumed that the motherless and fatherless were her special interest, and those more fortunate were followed no less closely in ways they most needed. Children and their grandchildren passed through her tender care. She loved them all and they all loved her.

Many were her acts of charity to those less fortunate than she and often did she gladly sacrifice for those she loved. Seldom do we meet in life so thoroughly selfless a person.

It was a privilege for us to have the companionship of so noble a co-worker. We shall miss her earnest inquiries for the work and [p. 79] its progress, for this child and that. We are better teachers for the inspiration of her life. We are better women for her example. The whole community has benefited because she lived and, like Abou Ben Adhem, her name shall be written among the first, because she loved her fellow men.

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