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Marcile May Duehr

May 24, 1922February 20, 2021

Marcile May Duehr, 98, of Texarkana, AR, passed from this life peacefully with family by her side on Saturday, February 20, 2021.

Marcile was born May 24, 1922, in Bluffton, OH, to Walter and Cora Sommer. She moved to Bloomington, IL, to attend Mennonite School of Nursing. She met Edward Duehr at a dance in O’Neil Park. After completing her nursing degree, Marcile and Edward married August 1, 1948. They raised their children Ron, Gary and Nancy in Bloomington, IL.

Marcile was a Registered Nurse for over 40 years retiring from Mennonite Hospital in 1987. She was a talented seamstress and quilter. Marcile often sewed clothes for her grandchildren along with making beautiful quilts that are treasured by her family. She spent her last six years in Texarkana, AR, while being cared for by her daughter. Marcile remained active by attending weekly bingo at the local Senior Center and playing Scrabble with friends and family. She loved attending church and quilting retreats with her daughter. Her Christian faith and values were evident to all who knew her.

Marcile was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Duehr, parents Walter and Cora Sommer, brothers Don, Wayne, Clyde, Evan and sister Eloise.

She was survived by her brother Dean Sommer of Bluffton, OH; son Ron Duehr and wife, Cathy, of Normal, IL, their children, Sarah Duehr and Jim Duehr; son Gary Duehr and wife, Lesley, of Somerville, MA, their daughter, Maggie Bay; daughter Nancy Rowe and husband, Buddy, of Texarkana, AR, their children, Leah Johnson and husband, Ray, Carla Edwards and husband, Don, and Morgan Rowe and wife, Dana; six great grandchildren, Trace and Craig Johnson; Hunter, Allie and Addison Edwards and Alexzandria Rowe.

A family memorial service will be planned on a future date.

The family would like to recognize the compassionate care received from Hospice of Texarkana and Arkansas Nursing & Rehab with a special thanks to Michelle of Elite Home Care for going above and beyond.

Calvert and Metzler Memorial in Bloomington, Illinois is handling arrangements. Online tributes may be submitted to or locally at


  • There will be a memorial service at a later date.


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Betty Eney

February 21, 2021

Marcile had a beautiful spirit. She was always smiling and happy.She attended church with us in Fouke at the Apostlic Life for four or five years. I enjoyed giving her hugs and visiting with her. She will be greatly missed.R.I.P. Sis. Marcile.Prayers for the family.

Dru Ates

February 21, 2021

Mrs Duehr was a great lady. I remember her from the years we lived in Bloomington, Il. She always had a smile and a kind word for us.
Her daughter, Nancy, and our two sons were best of friends.
She will be missed.

Wes & Dru Ates
Frisco, TX

Mary Craig

February 21, 2021

Mrs.Marcile was a precious friend to me & my husband, we took her to play Bingo on every Thursday, she loved that game , she was happy when she won a prize.
Then at times I took her to spring lake park to look around & took her to the 3 chick's feed & seed to look at a big turkey ,she was so thrilled about that .
So many memories we had together, she was a precious lady. we will miss her. Praying for the family

Michelle C

February 21, 2021

I am so thankful and blessed that I got to spend this last year with her. I loved her so much. We had such a bond. I will truly miss her my whole life. ❤️