Martha Laverne Duncan

June 10, 1912October 20, 2013

Martha Duncan, 101, of Van Buren passed away Sunday, October 20, 2013. She was born June 10, 1912 in Sallisaw, OK to the late Greene and Martha Jane Griffith. She was an elementary school teacher in Roland, and a member of City Heights Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Duncan.

She is survived by a son, Jerry Duncan and wife Dorothy of Van Buren; three grandchildren, Perry Duncan and wife Angel of Anchorage, AK, James Duncan and wife Karla of Fort Smith, and Paul Duncan and wife Diana of Vancouver, WA; and six great-grandchildren, Eli, Rachel, Megan, Ryan, Seth, and Kaylee Duncan.

Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Chapel, with a private burial to follow, under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

The family will visit with friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home, 4100 Alma Highway, Van Buren, AR.

Memorial contributions may be made to City Heights Methodist Church, 1002 Fayetteville Road, Van Buren, AR 72956.


  • Visitation Tuesday, October 22, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Martha Laverne Duncan

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Douglas Kinney

October 24, 2013

Mrs. Duncan was my first grade teacher in 1964. She was a remarkable woman. I still remember those days, can still smell the chalkboard cleaner, and her beautiful smile. She will life for decades more in the heart and life's of the thousands of students she taught. My sincerely condolences to the Duncan Family.

Robbie Wilson

October 23, 2013

Mrs Duncan was my first grade teacher in 1965. I will never forget her. She was so sweet and so kind. I have thought of her often over the years. She was an important part of my childhood. I am sad that she has passed, but glad that God blessed her with a long life. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

Robert Hale

October 23, 2013

She was my 1st grade teacher in 1960, no one was more caring of her students. She made a very deep mark on the world with all she taught and helped through-out her life. The world is not as bright with her passing.

October 22, 2013

What a long good life she had, and how proud she was of her family! Love and sympathy to the Duncans.

Martha Holden Bagley