Hester Katherine Duncan

December 15, 1915January 6, 2019

Former Connersville resident, H. Katherine “Kate” Duncan, 103, of Rock Hill, South Carolina, died Sunday morning, January 6, 2019, at White Oak Manor there.

Kate was a native of Marengo, born December 15, 1915 to Arthur and Olive Stevenson Harris. She was a graduate of Bosse High School in Evansville. On September 14, 1940, she was married in Evansville to Thomas W. Duncan. They moved to Connersville in 1963 when he joined the former Design and Manufacturing Company as Vice President of Engineering. Kate was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where she had served as a deacon and elder. She had served as President of the Psi Iota Xi Sorority in Connersville and liked to write poetry. Kate and her husband, who was a licensed pilot, visited many locations in the United States and Canada in their Piper Cherokee 6 airplane.

Kate is survived by her daughter and son-in-law: Kitty and Todd Tyrie of York, South Carolina; several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Kate was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, who died May 22, 1999; and her siblings: Bud and Bob Harris, Helen Zell.

Public graveside services will be conducted at 1 p.m. EST Friday at Grantsburg Cemetery in Crawford County near Marengo. Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the First Presbyterian Church in Connersville. Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home, Myers Chapel, Connersville is in charge of arrangements. Visit


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Kevin and Jill Yaryan

January 17, 2019

Kitty and Family,

Please accept our sincerest condolences in the death of your Mom. She was such a special lady and I
sure enjoyed the time she served on Deacons with me at First Presbyterian Church. I drove her to and
from the meetings and we had such good conversations. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with all.

Kathy Rose Simmerman

January 17, 2019

I have fond memories of Kate and Tom.
My family went to the Presbyterian Church also. Kate was a beautiful person, inside and out. I am so sorry for your loss Kitty. May God wrap his loving arms around your family at this difficult time.

Ron and Judi Smith

January 15, 2019

What a sweet, special lady! We were neighbors on Tulip Lane, and members of First Presbyterian Church in Connersville. My husband, Ron, still wears the red and blue polka-dotted tie that Kate gave him--it had been Tom's and she wanted Ron to have it. We send our love and condolences to Kitty and Todd.

Peggy Hollingsworth

January 10, 2019

Kate was an integral part of the Zeta Lambda Chapter of Psi Iota Xi sorority in Connersville for many years. Those of us who have been members since the 1970's have pleasant memories of her participation in our chapter projects and activities. Since Tom's death and her move to other places to be near Kitty, we have not kept in touch as we should have. Please accept our sincere sympathy upon the loss of your mother. Kate was a lady who was truly "a loyal member of Psi Iota Xi" and "believed in furthering charitable enterprises" in our community. We appreciate her example of a life well lived.

Pamela Hiers Marcum

January 10, 2019

I have wondered about Kate often and always think of her and Tom with the highest regards. Kitty, you all were such an indelible part of my childhood; such wonderful memories - riding Maid and Jet, Trooper the dog, your dad and his airplane trips, and watching Dark Shadows in your basement. My daughter Mia Katherine bears your and your mother's name. My sincere sympathy at the loss of your mother. Love and prayers - Pam