On March 1, 2018 in Sarnia, Ontario, after a brief battle with cancer, Melody (James) Durley, 51, of Sarnia, completed a life well-lived, lovingly surrounded by family and friends. Melody was born in Sarnia to Phillip and Marlene James on May 5, 1966. Melody is preceded in death by her father, Phillip James; step-father Beverly Connolly; brother Robert James; and mother-in-law Cecilia Durley. Melody is survived by her beloved husband John Durley of Sarnia; mother Marlene Connolly; step-mother Susan James; daughters Holly (Aaron) Huggett, Ashley Durley; three grandchildren Alexis, Jesse and Cohen; siblings Craig (Marika) Connolly, Kyle (Jodie) Connolly, Cyndi (Jamie) Callum, Dave (Kathy) Durley, Don (Terry) Durley, Cherry Durley, Lisa (Mark) Hennessy; and many cherished nieces and nephews, family and friends. Visitation will be held at The Rock Family Church, 1528 Michigan Line, Sarnia on March 5, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. A Celebration of Life will be held the Royal Canadian Legion, 286 Front Street, N., Sarnia on April 14, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St Joseph’s Hospice, 475 Christina Street N., Sarnia, ON N7T 5W3. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff of St. Joseph’s Hospice and Bluewater Health Sarnia Palliative Care for their gracious care in her final days. The family also wishes to extend a warm thank you to Melody’s family and friends who remained by her side: Cyndi Callum, Astrid Davies, Jamie Frew, Kelly Thompson, John and Melissa Blancher, and so many others. “Count your life by smiles, not tears. Count your age by friends, not years.”Arrangements entrusted to SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia.