Mary Althea Dukes
July 22, 1937 – May 12, 2020
Mary Althea Christmas Dukes was born July 22, 1937 in Lake City, SC. to the late James Madison Christmas and Viola Christmas Miles. In her childhood, she and her family moved to Charleston, SC. where she attended Chicora High School. Mary later married the late Broward Dukes of Bonifay, FL. She was known to many affectionately as “Tootsie”. Mary was a resident on Morse Avenue, Johns Island for fifty-five years where she touched many neighbors and friends. She worked and retired after 20 years from Cummins Engine Company where she was an assembler, machinist and quality control inspector. She later worked at both Home Depot and Lowes as a cashier in the garden section and front cashier. Mary loved her family and friends and always had a loving heart. Mary enjoyed many pets over the years and had an amazing Koi goldfish pond in her backyard. She loved gardening, but, most of all she loved giving to others. She truly was Mary Christmas to all blessed to know her. Later in 2019, she moved to North Charleston to be near her son and family. Mary is survived by her son James Broward Dukes (Brad) and his wife Nga Ha of North Charleston and two grandchildren, Stephanie LeeAnn Dukes of Hanahan and James B. Dukes Jr of North Charleston. Mary is also survived by her two sisters, Darlene C. Bennett and Peggy C. Holmes and her brother Michael Christmas all of Moncks Corner. She also is survived by her loving Chihuahua, Sugar Dukes. There will be a visitation on Friday May 15, 5 pm to 7 pm following the covid19 guidelines. The life well celebrated graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2020, 11:30 am at the Carolina Memorial Gardens, 7113 Rivers Ave. North Charleston.
Visitation at Carolina Memorial Funeral home
Friday, May 15, 2020
A Life Well Celebrated Graveside Service at Carolina Memorial Gardens, 7118 Rivers Ave. North Charleston
Saturday, May 16, 2020
Mary Althea Dukes
Richard Arlen z Driggers
May 17, 2020
So sorry to hear of Tootsie’s passing. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers as you face the days ahead. Arlen Driggers
May 14, 2020
You are and will always be my sister and friend. I will never forget you. I have so many great memories of our visits and adventures. One of my favorites is eating at Olive Garden and having you give me directions to take you home that day. Actually you would give me directions and tell me how to drive whenever we went anywhere and I would just let you because spending time with you was worth it. I will miss our trips to Costco, Walmart, Jason’s Deli, The Tomato Shed and anywhere else you wanted to go. I did not ever expect to lose you so quickly. I miss all my daily phone calls, messages you left me whenever I missed a call and all the advice you have given me through the years. I am so glad we were able to have that Hardee’s hotdog you were wanting on Saturday. It is so hard realizing that I will not be with you any longer on this side of heaven. I know how proud you were of Brad. You talked about and praised him everyday. Whenever I’d ask if I could do anything to help you, you would always answer “Brad will do that, I just want you to sit and visit with me”. Go Rest High on the Mountain with the Angels until we meet again one day.
I love you always and forever, your sister Peggy
May 14, 2020
Mary was my dearest friend. Who was kind, understanding, funny and a joy to have in my life. One thing I always heard from her was she loved her son(Brad). She loved her two grandchildren . She was always positive person. I will miss her very much. I am sure she will be watching over from above smiling . My deepest condolences to all her family. Your friend forever. . MM
May 13, 2020
Mary was one of the sweetest, intelligent and interesting women I have had the pleasure of knowing. Always cheerful and loved her son, Brad dearly. She will be truly missed but will remain in my fondest memories. Wishing Brad and the entire family my heartfelt condolences.