OBITUARY

George Anne Duckett

May 12, 1939May 25, 2019

George Anne Duckett, 80, of Stafford, VA passed away Saturday, May 25, 2019.

She was born on May 12, 1939 in Elgin, IL, she was the daughter of the late Viola M. Leach and Carver J. Leach, Sr. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother, Carver, Jr, Willard, and sister Hollis Caraway.

George Anne was elected to office and represented District 12 for 14 years on the Winnebago County Board. She was very active in the Democratic Party and served as Vice Chairman on the Winnebago Central Committee for several terms.

She attended Elgin High School and graduated in 1957 from Parker High School, in Chicago, IL. She continued her education and received an Associate Degree of Arts at the age of 70 years old. George Anne was the recipient of many awards and honors. She served on many boards and commissions.

She was Vice President of the Rockford Neighborhood and Development Corporation organization and was present(at O’Hara Airport) to receive the Points of Light, Presidential Award from President George H.W. Bush for the organization’s accomplishment of providing renovated homes to first time low income buyers.

She was also publisher and owner of the Vital Force Newspaper that was circulated in 7 cities for more than 20 years. The Vital Force was recognized by former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar and displayed at the state capital in Springfield, IL.

George Anne was a member of the NAACP, NCNW, Rainbow Push Coalition, ACLU Southern Poverty Law Center and the Democratic National Committee. George Anne will be remembered as a community activist and advocate for the disenfranchised.

She is survived by her sisters, Viola Yvonne Mayes (Denny) of Elgin, IL, Billie Jefferson of San Diego, CA and a brother Henry Leach (Paulette) of Las Vegas, NV.

She is also survived by her children, Geoffrey Duckett (Margot) of Charlotte, NC, Timothy Duckett (Karen) of Stafford, VA, Cynthia Wortham of Stafford, VA, Constance Duckett of Stafford, VA, Shelly Duckett of Stafford, VA; 12 grandchildren, Geoffrey, Amber, Danielle, Casey, Charmaine, Alexandrea, Taylur, Dominique, Carissa, Cara, Kelsey, Jensen and Hunter; 3 great grandchildren, Kyra, Evan, Kaylee, Rocco and Andrew and one on the way, Dash Sparks and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and special friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00am Thursday, June 6, 2019 at the United Faith Christian Ministry, 150 Susa Drive, Stafford VA with Bishop Leonard Lacy officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00pm Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service, Stafford and from 10:00-11:00am Thursday, June 6, 2019 at the United Faith Christian Ministry, 150 Susa Drive, Stafford VA.

Interment will follow at the Stafford Memorial Park.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, June 5, 2019
  • Visitation Thursday, June 6, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, June 6, 2019

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Michele Caldwell

June 13, 2019

Condolences to family.

Paulette Gilbert

June 6, 2019

To the family,
My thoughts and prayers are you all. I'm sure that you know the source of your strength, just as George Anne did.
George Anne was a dedicated and determined warrior, a tireless worker for causes she embraced and a fearless, challenging voice for them, a voice we have sorely missed since she left. My last memory is of a 6 am. taping we did on behalf of a NCNW program. We were laughing about not wanting to get up so early.
Whether you agreed with her or not, she earned your respect. Heaven is that much richer because of her loving spirit. May she rest in peace.

Yvette Wainwright

June 5, 2019

To The Duckett Family,
My prayers are with you all during this difficult time ,but know that God never makes mistakes ;we may not understand but this is one thing we know your Mother is at peace and all you have to do is ask the Father to keep you strong for each other, . Gods Blessings To AllOf You All 😇

Kelly Crudup

June 5, 2019

Geoffrey, Margot , and family, I am truly sorry for your loss. There are no words to comfort this great loss you have sustained. I only know how you feel. Take comfort in that your mom is with our lord and savior. He is loving on his beautiful child that she has come back home to him. I pray you will lean on those people you love to get you through this tough time in your lives. I pray that you might have strength and comfort. Remember all the Good times, and hold them close to your heart. I am sad I never had the chance to meet your GeGe, but from all the stories from Geoff and speaking to her briefly, I know for sure she was Loved by all who knew her, and she had a beautiful spirit! She lives in you and your children, and she is never too far away. My prayers, and love are with! 🙏🏽❤️

Virginia SterlingWare

June 5, 2019

My condolences and prayers go out to the family. GeorgeAnn left memories here in Rockford and will not be forgotten. No one has the energy and “where with all” like she did. May God bless her soul.

Vanessa M Dewalt

June 5, 2019

The sweetest person, I've ever known. I also, was lucky to have known her, her knowledge and wisdom, amazed me. She was always there to help, no matter what it was. She would find a way to get it done. She will surely will be missed. Condolences to her family.

Ann Higgins

June 4, 2019

I was saddened when I heard of George Anne transition. I worked on a few projects with her. She stood for what she believed in. I loved her sense of humor, and had to turn my head from her on a few occasions to keep from laughing. She will be missed!

Beth Ann Beal

June 4, 2019

To the family of George Anne Duckett - it is with a sad heart that I send my condolences to you. I am very thankful that I had the opportunity to be friends with and associated with her in many different aspects. It will be the great times of working with her on programs @ Booker Washington Community Center and with the Black Theater Ensemble that I will truly hold as good times in my heart. Be well family. "RED"

Sheila Warner

June 3, 2019

My prayers, thoughts and love are with you Geoff, Margot and your family. I am sad I didn’t get a chance to meet her. However, what an amazing son and daughter in law to represent her. May peace and the best of memories carry you all through the low points in the journey ahead.

Peace,
Sheila

Bobby and Sharon Berryman

June 3, 2019

To the Duckett family,
We consider you all family and are very blessed that MaMa Gi Gi touched our lives in such a joyous way. Enjoyed all the conversations with our intellectual beauty. She will remain in our heart.

Sending prayers and love. God Bless you.

Bobby and Sharon Berryman

FROM THE FAMILY