Obituary: Bella Durga, 5, of New Era.

February 6, 2022

Bella Durga

Obituary: Bella Durga, 5, of New Era.

Bella Rae Durga, loving, caring, sassy, and witty daughter of Jordan and Sara (Dazey) Durga, passed away Friday, February 4, 2022, at her home in New Era. She was born September 21, 2016, in Muskegon.

Bella was a remarkable little girl, full of fun, happiness, and a joy to be around.  She had so much spunk and personality and a heart so much bigger than her little body that held it.  A born leader, with a heart of passion, always looking out for her brother and a mother to everyone, including her many baby dolls and Rosie.

She was such a daddy’s girl that had a special way of making the bad days better and the good days the best days!  Always a smile, a laugh, a crinkled nose or a giggle and nothing else mattered.  She loved the dad jokes and always had a more sassy and witty response, she was born to lead the way and made it easy to follow her.

A mommy’s girl through and through, always a desire to snuggle, laugh, make funny faces or selfies.  With an endless supply of blankets and babies, there was never a spot in the house that Bella wasn’t ready to snuggle and be silly with mommy.

As much as she was a daddy or mommy’s girl, more yet she was Nolan’s girl. The love, care, and happiness she shared with her brother was limitless.  Endless nights of hide and seek, building forts, snuggling, dance parties and bossing him around, there was never a moment Bella’s love for her brother didn’t shine through and his love for her was just the same.

Bella was a “Rae of Sunshine” to everyone, but most importantly to her family who she loved and cherished every day.  She loved her “Ahma” days more than anything and if it was her choice, every day would be an “Ahma” day.  Always ready to get dirty at a moment’s notice, Bella loved to work on cars and tractors and play in the mud puddles with her Papa Dan.  Never afraid of a challenge, she even mastered the art of drywall and painting with her Papa Paul.  Still a girly girl at heart, she loved all things pink, unicorns and dolls.  She loved playing dolls with her Grammy in her room and making silly faces on the phone.  No matter what was going on, she was never too busy for trip across the street to do nails and makeup with her favorite Aunt Katie, to tease or have a never-ending conversation with her Uncle Justin or play for hours with her cousin and big brother Carson!

She was a little girl with the biggest heart and touched every life she connected with.  We don’t know why or why now, but we know that Bella is in Heaven with her GG already running the show and dancing with Jesus.

Bella is survived by her parents; Jordan and Sara Durga; brother, Nolan Durga; paternal grandparents, Dan and Sheryl “Ahma” Durga; maternal grandparents, Paul (Veronica Buege) Dazey and Kym “Grammy” (Grant Miller) Dazey; great-grandparents, Howard Timmer, Rozanne Durga, Deanna Wilson, and Jim (Sally) Cilley; uncles and aunts, Justin and Katie Durga, Matt & Devin Bates, Mike Bates, Kelsey Baumgartner, Kyle White, and Tyler and Karissa Blohm, and; cousins, Carson, Kinsley, Emmy, Grace, Henry, Owen, and Emma; her dogs, “Pia” and Frankie; and a host of other loving family and friends.

Bella was preceded in death by: her great-grandmother, Janice “G.G.” Timmer; and great-grandfathers, Daniel Durga and Norman Dazey.

Funeral services for Bella Rae will be conducted at 2 p.m., Tuesday, February 8, 2022, at the New Era Christian School, 1901 Oak Avenue, New Era with Mr. Phil Morse officiating.

Our family is requesting that you wear your brightest colors, a unicorn shirt, or anything else that would celebrate the joy and happiness that Bella was every day.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service, and all are invited to a luncheon following the service at the New Era Bible Church, 5308 S Oceana Dr, New Era.

The Harris Funeral Home, in Shelby, is handling arrangements.

A prayer vigil will be held tonight, Sunday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Durga residence, 3200 W. Garfield Road, New Era. Everyone in the school community and community abroad is welcome to attend. There will be additional parking across the street at 3219 W. Garfield Rd., by the barn at that address, and two houses up at 3265 W. Garfield Rd and along the road.

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