Genevieve “Jean” Duke, 87, passed away on Saturday, November 5 at Arbor Trace in Richmond.
She was born February 2, 1924 in Wayne County, Indiana to Russell and Pauline Longfellow Lacey. She graduated from Fountain City High School and graduated from the Reid Hospital Nursing School in 1945 as a Registered Nurse. She was honored in 2009 as an Army Corps Nurse in the Veteran’s Day Parade in Richmond.
Mrs. Duke worked as a public health nurse and later served patients at Heritage House in Richmond. She retired from nursing and operated her antique business, The Custer House, in Centerville. She enjoyed gardening, reading and was an avid NASCAR fan. She loved her cats, Alice and Tillie, as well as all animals, birds and her flowers.
Mrs. Duke is survived by her step-son, James Duke and his wife, Penny; step-son-in-law, John M. Statzer; step-daughter-in-law Ruth Bishop; step-grandchildren Meg Walton, Steve Bishop, Gail Meeker, John H. Statzer, Cleve Bishop and David Bishop; and several step-great-grandchildren and cousins.
Mrs. Duke was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Howard Duke and her sister, Kathleen Swift.
A funeral ceremony will be conducted by Pastor John Walker at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 9, at the Smith & McQuiston Funeral Home, 321 US 27 South, Fountain City. Interment will follow in Willow Grove Cemetery in Fountain City.
Family and friends may gather for visitation from 10-11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 9, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Help The Animals, 2101 West Main Street, Richmond, IN 47374; Boys & Girls Club of Wayne County, 1717 South L Street, Richmond, IN 47374 or the Wayne County Historical Museum, 1150 North A Street, Richmond, IN 47374.