OBITUARY

Connie R. Duke

November 18, 1928November 12, 2020
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Connie R. Duke passed from this life to her eternal home only 6 days short of her 92nd birthday on November 18th, 2020.

She is survived by her devoted children, Cindy Brown and son- in-law Hal Brown of Austin, Texas, Pamela Andrews and son-in-law Mike Andrews of Oxnard, California, and her son Craig A. Duke of Austin, Texas. Connie was loved by her grandchildren Derek Brown and his wife Holly of Austin, Texas, Ross Brown of Austin, Texas, Jill Lamoureux and her husband Haven of Los Angeles California, Jake Boxberger of Birmingham, Alabama, and Geoffrey Boxberger of Wichita, Kansas. She adored her adored great-grand children Ryan, Ames, and Bowen Brown, Jonah and Weston Brown, Rhodes and Wilder Lamoureux. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Jean Romine and her devoted nieces, Jay Ann Quilter, Ann Shaw, Gwynne Canales, Jeanne Schattenberg, Karen Paris, Jackie Romine, Lynn Wheeler, Judy Fields, Robin Moore and their families. Connie became like a second mom to many of her children’s friends who to this day refer to her as “Aunt Connie”. The family would also like to remember her special family friendship of over 60 years with Albert Fischer and his late wife Betty. Connie is also lovingly survived by her special companion and best friend of the last 7 years, Mr. L. F. “Corkey” Robinson.

Connie was preceded in death by her parents Ethel J. and Hugh J. Romine, her brothers Hugh J. Romine Jr, Robert N. Romine, and her husband of 60 years, Harvey Jack Duke.

Connie has been described as beautiful, elegant, and gracious. She was outgoing, fun, generous and enormously thoughtful to those around her; her positive attitude and infectious good spirit were well known to all her friends and family. Connie loved the Texas Hill Country near Bandera and the Duke children have wonderful memories of weekends spent at the Hill Country ranch with aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents. She loved the Texas coast around Rockport and Port Aransas where she and Jack began a tradition in the early 1980’s of spending the fall of each year entertaining friends and family on the beach in Port Aransas. A family and friends Thanksgiving dinner in Port Aransas was a tradition for many years which continued until Connie could no longer travel.

She was an avid fisherman and enjoyed fishing the shallow water from Baffin Bay to Copano Bay as well as sport fishing the Gulf of Mexico off Port Aransas with close family friends Donald and Gaye Belcher. Connie loved the mountains of Colorado and spent many winter and spring seasons with her children and grandchildren skiing the slopes of Beaver Creek. She was always up for an adventure and during a summer in Beaver Creek she even joined her grandsons on a white water river rafting trip. Connie was an eternal optimist and boy did she have fun!!!!

After Jack’s passing in 2007, she decided to move to Longhorn Village to, in her words, “be around people my own age who want to have fun”. Shortly after moving there she met Corkey Robinson. Corkey and Connie quickly became best friends and they shared years of enjoying social events and music. Together they attended social events, charity benefits, and parties at the Longhorn Village, the Austin Symphony, The Austin Club, The Headliners Club, and Austin Country Club. Connie’s family would like to thank the medical and memory care staff of Longhorn Village for the friendship and caring they showed Connie during the last few years as she battled Alzheimer’s disease. We would also like to give a special thanks to her private caregiver Marc Pulver for his amazing spirit, care, and love for our mom.

Due to COVID 19 there will not be a memorial service and the family asks that donations in her honor be sent to:

The Alzheimer’s Association 7719 Wood Hollow Drive #157 Austin, Texas 78731

A private celebration of Connie’s life for family members will be held in in Port Aransas. Connie requested that her family spread her ashes on the dunes in front of the Aransas Princess as the morning sun breaks over the horizon on her beloved Gulf of Mexico.

“I am the resurrection and the Life.” John 11:25

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Marc Pulver

November 20, 2020

Cindy, Pam & Craig sending my deepest condolences to you and your family. I truly feel honored to have been given the opportunity to be Connie’s caregiver personal trainer and friend over the years! She touched my heart in countless ways every day! I will miss doing her nails, curling her hair and making her feel like the glamorous woman she was! She is now our angel in heaven but remains in our hearts for ever!
😇RIP Connie Ruth Duke😇
Picture was taken on 10/21/2020

Yvonne Kozol

November 19, 2020

Loved her to death! Will miss her dearly but may she RIP

Mitchell Mayad

November 17, 2020

Craig, Pam and Cindy,
I wanted to send my sincere condolences to your family.
Craig and I have been friends for so many years that I feel like I knew your Mother very well. My thoughts and prayers will be with you during this difficult time. May you all find peace in sharing the wonderful memories of your Mother.

Many Blessings, Mitchell

Pam Andrews

November 16, 2020

This is one of my favorite pictures of Mom!!

Jennifer Logue

November 16, 2020

I have not met Connie in person, but have heard so much from Craig that I feel like I know her.
As I scroll through these pictures I see the perfect southern belle who lived life with a huge heart and style who brought joy to a beautiful family and all around her.
I am praying for the entire family and send my sincere condolences to you all.

Mark Quilter

November 16, 2020

Cindy, Pam, Craig & the extended Duke family; So sorry to hear of Connies passing. I have nothing but the fondest of memories - having been the beneficiary of sharing Thanksgiving with Connie & Jack & family when I was attending St Ed’s.
I learned quickly what “Texas Hospitality” meant. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all.
Mark Quilter.

Jeanne Duke Schattenberg

November 14, 2020

Cindy, Pam & Craig,
Thinking of you all and remembering Aunt Connie & good times spent on Oakway Drive. Sending you love & hugs, dear cousins.
Jeanne

Sallie Bishop

November 14, 2020

My most heartfelt condolences. I have many fond memories of this beautiful lady when I was in high school. You all were very blessed to share her life. With love, Sallie Bishop

Anne Duke-Shaw

November 14, 2020

Some of my fondest memories were with Aunt Connie. My mom and I had a wonderful trip to Como, Texas, where I snapped this photo of two beautiful family matriarchs.

I am comforted to know she is with Uncle Jack again.

Karen Paris

November 14, 2020

Adding another photo for the memories, as I am only able to add 1 photo per entry.

Love, Karen

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