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Obituary: Sylvia Jane Burt Durrant

Sylvia Jane Burt Durrant, 93, died March 17, 2001, of causes related to age.

She was born July 2, 1907 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Frances Stimis and Carl C. Burt. She graduated from East High School in 1925, the University of Utah (Health and Physical Education) in 1929, and received a M.S. degree from Wellsley College (Health and Physical Education) in 1931. She taught at the University of Utah from 1931-1933. She married Stephen David Durrant on December 21, 1933. He preceded her in death on November 10, 1975. One sister, Betty Brooks, preceded her in death.

She is survived by her two children, Sue Marilynn Durrant, Pullman, WA., Stephen Carl Durrant, Virginia Beach, VA.; one granddaughter; two great-grandchildren; one sister, Virginia Doelle Tucker. Her career with the YWCA spanned many years, first as a volunteer (beginning in the late 1920's) and then as Health and Physical Education Director, where she taught swimming, tennis, golf for beginners from 1947 until retirement in 1972. At the YWCA, she chaired the volunteer health education committee, served on the Board of Directors, was President of the Board of Directors (1946), started the synchronized swimming program, and put on many water shows, started the mother-child program in gym-swim, started the women's aquacise program, and organized child care for the women in the program. Several generations of swimmers were under her direction. After retirement she remained active in the YWCA Past Presidents Committee, the Salt Lake Camera Club, and the University of Utah Women's Club. She was a lifelong member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church where she was active in St. Paul's Guild and the arts and crafts program. She was known as the Flower Lady for her lovely floral bouquets that graced the coffee table each Sunday during the growing season. She was a life member of the Photographic Society of America, the Salt Lake Photochrome Club, the Salt Lake Nature Photo Club, and the Salt Lake Camera Club. Her hobbies included river rafting, photography, gardening, fishing and camping. She ran her last river (the Lower Salmon River) at age 90.

In lieu of flowers donations are suggested to the YWCA (322 E. 3rd. So.) or to St. Paul's Church (261 So. 9th East).

A Memorial Service will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Monday, April 16, 2001 at noon. Interment Salt Lake Mausoleum.

Funeral Directors Garner Funeral Home.