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Theresa M. Duncan

Jun 9, 2014 - Staff

Theresa Mae (Grice) Duncan, age 100, died Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at Westward Heights Care Center in Lander.

Born June 27, 1913, at Sundance to John and Josephine (Caldwell) Grice, she attended local schools and graduated in 1930 as Sundance High School class valedictorian. She took post-high school normal training, taught at a one-room elementary Weston County school, and worked for the Sundance-based family lumber and hardware business.

She married William L. (Bill) Duncan on May 20, 1934, at Deadwood, S.D.

The couple set up housekeeping in Green River, where Mr. Duncan was the University of Wyoming Agricultural Extension Agent for Sweetwater County. Her first two sons, Bill and Tom, were born at the nearest hospital in Rock Springs.

In September 1944, Mr. Duncan accepted a position as the Fremont County Extension Agent. The family moved to Lander, where Mrs. Duncan's third son, Bob, was born. She lived in Lander for the remainder of her life.

At Green River, she joined Eastern Star in May 1935 and at her death had been a member for 79 years. She also was a Girl Scout leader, established a Homemakers Club, and was active in the Green River Congregational Church.

In Lander, she worked in the grade school system in capacities ranging from substitute teaching to administrative secretary.

After they retired in 1966, the couple traveled extensively. Both participated in Eastern Star events and offices at local, state and national levels. In 1968, Mrs. Duncan was Worthy Grand Matron for the State of Wyoming.

She joined the Lander Methodist Church in 1944, where she later taught pre-school Sunday school classes, served as Sunday school superintendent, and participated in numerous church-related, public school, and community groups.

Survivors include sons Tom (Marilú) Duncan of Riverton, and Bob (Kath) Duncan of Chevy Chase, Md., nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 13 great-great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Husband William L. (Bill) Duncan, son William D. (Bill) Duncan, and sisters Darlene and Lola Jane, preceded her in death.

The Rev. Mark Calhoun conducts a memorial service at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 12, at the Lander United Methodist Church, 262 N. Third St., with burial at Mt. Hope Cemetery next to her husband.

Relatives and friends are welcome at a post-burial reception at the church.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Duncan-Chapela Scholarship Endowment at the Central Wyoming College Foundation, 2660 Peck Ave., Riverton, WY 82501.

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