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Wilma Jean Duke

May 4, 1942July 9, 2020

Wilma Jean Duke, 78, passed away at 4:00 am on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at Ascension St. Vincent Hospital in Kokomo, Indiana. Jeannie was born May 4, 1942 to Kenneth L. and Elizabeth H (Hawkins) Brown in Marion, Indiana. She married her husband Robert E. Duke, Sr. on January 7, 1962 at the First Christian Church in Marion. She passed with her sons by her side.

Jeannie was a 1960 graduate of Marion High School. Jeannie obtained an LPN Nursing degree and worked in a wide variety of nursing-related jobs during the course of her career. She attended McGrawsville United Methodist Church and enjoyed teaching Sunday School. She also enjoyed reading, decorating and fashion as well as spending time with her family.

Jeannie is preceded in death by her husband and her parents.

Jeannie is survived by her sons Robert (Teri) Duke, Jr. and Micheal (Lisa) Duke; grandchildren Rachel (Jeff) Seagrave, Silas Stiner, Danielle (Evan) Eikenberry, Robert Lewis Duke II, Joshua (Jacquline) Richard, Brynna Richard, Delaney Duke and Zachary Duke, and 8 great-grandchildren.

A Memorial and Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 PM on July 26, 2020 at Cross America, located at 840 Daniel Drive, Kokomo, IN. There will be a short Memorial Service at 2:00 pm followed by visitation with family and friends.


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Peggy Faulkner BSN RN Coordinator Nursing Honor Guard

July 16, 2020

The Nursing Honor Guard serving North Central Indiana would like to express our heartfelt sympathy to the entire Duke family. We are thankful for Jeannie's strength, wisdom, soothing words, compassion, gentle healing hands and love of nursing. More than 90 nurses in North Central Indiana are praying for your family as you prepare to celebrate Jeannie's life.

Jean Zell

July 10, 2020

Jean came to adore my great granddaughter Savanna Grace when we moved by her. Every day when Jean left she and Savanna waved and blew kisses at each other out the window. When Jean came home Savanna would run to give her hugs before she went into her apartment. Savanna called her Miss Jean. Savanna is 5 now. When told Miss Jean went to live with Jesus, she said, "Just like Marcia and She wont come home. "


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