Nettie Duke

{April 18, 1926 - March 31, 2014}

Nettie Ellen Duke, 87, of Memphis, MO, died Monday, March 31, 2014, at Conway, MO.

The daughter of Harvey Harold and Audrey Oletha (Russell) Sedore, she was born on April 18, 1926, in Milton, IA.

On October 9, 1943, she married Gordon Russell Duke. He preceded her in death September 13, 1979.

In the past, Nettie was involved with the Bar B Saddle Club. She participated in a local bowling league and was involved with the Antique Fair Association. Nettie was also a lifelong member of the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial Post #4958 Ladies Auxiliary in Memphis.

She also enjoyed sewing, gardening and playing cards. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family. Nettie professed her faith early in life.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; two sisters, Ethelyn and Pearl; and two brothers, Russell and Doyle.

Survivors include a son, Gary Duke of Memphis; three daughters, Karon Dieterich of Memphis, Kathy Hyde of Conway, MO and Kim and husband David Swisher of Kirksville; twelve grandchildren: Penny Trueblood and husband Gene of Syracuse, NEB, Peggy Hudson and husband Brad of Arbela, Patrick Fountain and wife Vicki of Hamilton, IL, Kevin Fountain and fiancée Kaitlin Grubb of Memphis, Becky Webster and husband Norman of Phillipsburg, MO, Gary R. Duke, Jr. of Wichita, KS, Randy Duke and wife Monica of Spring Valley, CA, Leah Lee and husband Zeb of Lebanon, Johanna Green and husband William of Memphis, Damon Swisher and wife Paula of Kirksville, Dayna Swisher of Kirksville, and Darin Swisher of Kirksville; two sisters, Donna Van Laningham of Fairfield, IA and Hazel Reisch of Cantril, IA; a sister-in-law, Esther Sedore of Keosauqua, IA; sixteen great grandchildren; two great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, April 6, 2014, at 10 a.m. in the Gerth Funeral Chapel in Memphis with Leland Hyde officiating. Burial will be in Sunnyside Cemetery in Milton, IA.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014, from 6-8 p.m. in the Gerth Funeral Chapel.

The family requests that memorials be made to the family and may be left at or mailed to Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main, Memphis, MO 63555.

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  1. I wish to express my most sincere sympathy to the Nettie Duke family. Nettie was a very good friend and co-worker. She was so good to Lance when he worked at Gas & More, and then Lance married her great-granddaughter. She was a very hard worker and will be missed by the whole community.

    Comment by Sheri Kirchner on April 2, 2014 at 5:41 pm
  2. So sorry to hear of Nettie’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Comment by Bill & Deb (Ferguson) Herring on April 3, 2014 at 1:07 am
  3. So sorry for your loss. Prayers are with your family.

    Comment by Ben and Mary Parish on April 3, 2014 at 10:46 am
  4. Sorry to hear of Nettie’s passing. I worked with Nettie at the Dairy Queen in Memphis years and years ago when I was like 12 years old. She took me under her wing like her own child and watched over me over the years while working there. I will always remember Nettie for being there for me as a youngster. She made a memory in my life. Thank you Nettie!

    Comment by Jeanette Fogle on April 4, 2014 at 12:41 am
  5. Nettie was a wonderful person and a great school bus driver. She will be missed. Prayers and thoughts with you. So sorry for your loss.

    Comment by Carol and Matt Shoemaker on April 4, 2014 at 2:15 pm
  6. Thinking of all of the family during this tough time.

    Comment by Wendy Parish on April 4, 2014 at 3:33 pm
  7. So sorry for your loss. Prayers and thoughts to the family.

    Comment by Robert & Crystal Wiley on April 4, 2014 at 9:55 pm
  8. My thoughts and prayers are with you all!!

    Comment by Robin Ballhagen on April 5, 2014 at 1:48 am
  9. Nettie is a wonderful example of a life well lived. Kindest regards to her family for their loss.

    Comment by Laura Hines on April 5, 2014 at 10:46 pm
  10. So very sorry to hear of Nettie’s passing. I worked with her @ Ross’s Dairy Queen and rode on a few school busses to sport events. Nettie always stated that she “didn’t sugar coat things” and she let you know if she didn’t like something. She was a positve influence during my developing youth! My thoughts are with you during this time off loss!

    Comment by Sherry "Shelley" Lantz on April 16, 2014 at 10:23 pm

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