Born in: Dubuque, Iowa
Resided in: Denver, Colorado

Charlotte Royce Durbin was born in Dubuque, Iowa, to Monroe E. Royce and Matilda G. Royce (Accola). She was one of seven brothers and sisters.

She was pre-deceased by her husband, Roy J. Durbin, Sr.

She has left her children; Roy J. Durbin, Jr., Kathleen Klem, Daniel Durbin, Nancy Chabica; 13 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild.

She graduated from high school, became a telephone operator, and  then joined the first women’s military organization during the Korean War as a member of the United States Air Force. After leaving the Air Force, she devoted her time to her home, husband and children.  Three of Charlotte’s siblings had been  born deaf so from her childhood through her adult life Charlotte acted as a sign language interpreter and loved to teach others basic skills.

She enjoyed painting, ceramics, her grandchildren, and was an avid reader. She was always positive and had a great sense of humor.  She encouraged her children to  follow their dreams.

Charlotte  will be interred with her husband in Grants Pass, Oregon at the VA Cemetery.

She will be dearly missed.

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Memories Timeline


  1. She was a great and loved sister-in-law –taught me the alphabet in sign language at age 10yrs old and I never forgot it. We hard some very close and bonding time together when my brother was ill. A joy to be with always with a positive attitude. I have some of her art work as she enjoyed it and was gifted in that area. She passed that to her granddaughter . She will be missed and remembered well. I loved her very much. She’s with my brother now –there is peace in my heart knowing that.

  2. I got to know and chat with you a little bit when I help Rita with your last move. It was very interesting to hear you talk about how you met your husband and how much you were in love 💘 it was so sweet I’ll cherish that conversation forever. You will be missed. Be happy being together with your husband and dog . Love Sally

  3. Whenever I see a switchboard operator in an old movie I think of Grandma Durbin. Grandma loved all her grandkids and was good for telling us the family news and stories. I think I feel a connection to relatives around the country due to her.
    It’s a good picture of her that is posted here, because she’s smiling–for me she was a happy person and I always enjoyed visiting with her. She was special to me in my childhood for her tender and playful love (and not just because she made us pink heart-shaped cakes for St.Valentine’s Day). At some point I decided to call her “Super Granny,” and she thought that was just fine!
    Eternal rest, grant unto Charlotte, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

  4. I remember from a very young age, laying my head on Mom’s lap, and riding in the car with my arm around Mom and Dad. I remember sing alongs on road trips and some of Mom’s favorites were the old Irish songs and Mr. Dunderbeck… it always made us laugh. Mom was devoted to her family and extended family. I remember mom working tirelessly to orchestrate family holiday meals and gatherings. Mom taught us to be compassionate for others… And we all remember learning to sign our names and the deaf alphabet. I will miss Mom so much, but I am thankful that you are peacefully at rest. She told me a couple of years ago that she was looking forward to being there with Dad because he had already been there a while and he would show her around.

  5. I will miss her i love it when we went out and spent time with them .i wish my dad would of took roy offer to stay i really enjoyed myself with them .

  6. I am so sad that my favorite aunt has passed away. She was actually more of my second mother, always pulling me aside and giving me advice about life that my parents never could. I love you Charlotte. Rest In Peace. We’ll meet again


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