Marilyn E. Duncan, (nee Welker), 79, of Beacon Hill, Florida passed Thursday, June 26 at Covenant Hospice Care in Panama City, F.L.
Born in Springfield, Illinois, Marilyn attended Illinois State University and married LeRoy E. Duncan on September 17, 1955. Marilyn was an active volunteer in the community while raising 6 children in Williamsville, Il., and was a lifelong member of the Williamsville United Methodist Church.
Marilyn pursued a professional career as a supervisor in policy owners’ and agents’ services at Franklin Life Insurance Company in Springfield, I.L. Upon retirement in 1995 she moved to Beacon Hill. There she continued her community involvement with several civic and environmental organizations, including the Sea Oats and Dunes Garden Club, Tauton Family Children's Home, and the Community Development Council of Mexico Beach. A dedicated animal lover, Marliyn was a lifetime charter member of the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society. She was a patron of the arts and lover of nature and supported many such causes.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Viola Welker and brother Ronald Welker. She is survived by her loving husband, LeRoy E. Duncan, of Beacon Hill, sister Judie Woods of Dayton, O.H., and brother Charles Welker, of Springfield. Six children include Michael Duncan, Terri Annis (Jeffery Annis), Gaithersburg, M.D., Denise Morris (George Morris, Jr.), Flossmoor, I.L., Deborah Duncan, Littleton, C.O., David Duncan, Commerce City, C.O., and Jennifer Duncan, Chicago, I.L.. In addition to many other nieces and nephews, beloved grandchildren include Rebecca and Miriam Annis and Mathew, Veronica, and Madeline Morris.
A celebration of life ceremony is planned for a future date. Interment will take place at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Williams Township, Sangamon County, I.L.
Those wishing to support Marilyn’s legacy may contribute to Covenant Hospice in Pensacola or the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society in Port St. Joe.