Durward was the daughter of ophthalmologist Tom Lamkin and his wife, Anne Dahlene Lamkin of Mountain Brook. She graduated from Mountain Brook High School in 1987 and earned a bachelor of arts in economics at Washington and Lee University in Williamsburg, Virginia in 1991. She returned to Birmingham to complete a juris doctorate at Samford University's Cumberland School of Law in 1995. She married Gerard John Durward Jr in 2000.
Durward practiced family law with the firm of Massey, Stotser & Nichols for 22 years and had been made a partner and shareholder before being appointed to the bench by Governor Kay Ivey on June 5, 2020. She was re-elected without opposition in 2022.
In addition to her service on the bench, Durward coached Cumberland's National Moot Court Team and was honored as the school's Alumna of the Year in 2021. She has served as president of the Legal Aid Society of Birmingham and the board of the Birmingham Bar Foundation, president of the Alabama Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and as national president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation.
Durward died at home in May 2023.