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Funeral Service

Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church
Wednesday December 7th, 2022

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Mary "Marilu" Lucille Duncan

Mary Lucille (Marilu) Duncan of Dumas passed away on Friday, December 2, 2022. Funeral Service is scheduled for 10 o’clock in the morning on Wednesday, December 7, 2022, at St Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Graveside Service to follow immediately at Northlawn Memorial Gardens with Father Gabriel Garcia officiating. Friends and family are encouraged to gather at Morrison Funeral Home from 6pm to 8pm on Tuesday, December 6, to remember and celebrate her life.

Marilu was born February 20, 1930, in Menominee, Michigan, where she spent her childhood summers swimming and sailing on Green Bay and winters ice skating. After graduating from Lourdes Catholic High School in Marinette, Wisconsin, she attended and graduated from Chicago Wesley Memorial Nursing School. She began her medical career in Chicago and soon thereafter met Harold Basil Duncan, love of her life and devoted husband for over 59 years. They soon began their family with Jean born in Chicago; Scott born in Michigan City, IN; and Don born in Amarillo, TX.

Marilu served in various roles as a registered nurse until settling in Dumas in 1963 where she was employed at Dumas Memorial Hospital supervising surgery and central supply. Her medical career took a dramatic change when she accepted the position of industrial nurse at the newly opened Swift Beef Packing Plant in 1975 where she remained until her retirement in 1987. Among Marilu's diversified interests and associations were various roles in the Girl Scouts, Dumas Noon Lion's Club, Dance Club, swimming, golfing, fishing, and camping with her growing family.

Upon retirement, Marilu served for years with the Chamber of Commerce Women's Division, Catholic Women's Society, Beta Sigma Sorority, Ladies Golf Association, and Moore Bullish Broads, serving as president of all at various times. She was awarded numerous honors and recognition for her service, including Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year 2002 and 2011 as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019. She also enjoyed volunteering as a swim instructor at the YMCA and language instructor in ESL classes.

Marilu was preceded in death by her parents Joseph Stanley and Lucille Eleanor Smalter, her brother Don Smalter, and her husband Harold Basil Duncan.

Marilu is survived by her children and their spouses Jean and Orlando Lobo, Scott and Penny Duncan, and Don and Abby Duncan, along with her 6 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all her family and friends.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations may be made in Marilu's honor to the Memorial Brick Building Fund at the Saint Peter and Paul Catholic Church where she has been a parishioner since 1963. To donate, contact the church office at 806-935-5002.

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I had the pleasure of meeting of meeting Marilu when I started as a CNA. She was a very sweet woman.

Cynthia Cooksey Dec 8 2022 7:43 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Mary "Marilu" Duncan

Cynthia Cooksey Dec 8 2022 7:35 AM

Marilu spread joy and kindness to everyone everywhere. She will leave great memories in all of our hearts. What a wonderful sorority sister she was. Basil and Marilu were the ultimate host and hostess to many fun gatherings in their welcoming home.

B.W. & Barbara Hammontree Dec 7 2022 11:53 PM

Marilu was a nice lady and so committed to whatever she was involved in whether it was her work as a nurse, her church, Women's Division, or the countless other things she was involved in. She could always be counted on to do her part and more. Our deepest sympathies to her family. We wish you peace and comfort as you grieve.

Mike & Liz Cook Dec 7 2022 7:53 PM

Marilu was one of a kind, always had her heart in her work. Her kids were lucky to get such an incredible mother, we were all lucky to have known and loved her, a lady that will never be forgotten may she Rest In Peace 🙏🙏🙏

Imelda Maldonado Dec 7 2022 11:04 AM

So great a nurse, made her patients feel all better just walking into a room. Cling tightly to our Lord's unfailing and unchanging hand to never feel orphaned; follow the heritage left for you. Grieve-as-you must, not-as-others are telling you is right, wrong or indifferent. My daddy, Jack Green worked with and highly respected Basil and Marilu.

Jackie R. Green Sheldon Dec 6 2022 9:29 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Mary "Marilu" Duncan

Imelda Maldonado Dec 6 2022 7:15 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Mary "Marilu" Duncan

Sherry Krebbs Dec 6 2022 12:00 PM

Sincere condolences for the whole family.
Christina Lobo

Christina F Lobo Dec 6 2022 10:55 AM

Such an amazing woman. Enjoyed the many years of calling her friend.

Monet Lasater Dec 6 2022 9:18 AM

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