Berniece Helen Duke, daughter of the late Floyd and Willia (Denton) Baney, was born on March 1, 1933 in Dunn, Missouri, and departed this life on December 6, 2008 in Autumn Oaks Caring Center in Mtn. Grove, Missouri. She was 75 years, nine months and five days of age.
Berniece grew up and spent all her life in the Mtn. Grove, Missouri, community and graduated from Cabool High School, Cabool, Missouri, in 1948.
She was united in marriage to Ervin Earl Duke on September 22, 1949 in Mtn. Grove. Two children were born to this union.
She enjoyed taking care of her family and visiting with her many friends. She also enjoyed being outdoors tending to her vegetable and flower gardens each year. In her spare time she liked reading, crocheting and canning.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Duke on March 13, 2007; an infant daughter, Debra Earline; and a brother, Willard Baney.
She is survived by her son, Duane Duke and wife Sharon of Mtn. Grove; one grandson, Justin Duke and wife Melissa of Cabool; three great-grandchildren; one beloved sister, Ruby Strunk of Mtn. Grove; many nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends who will miss her very much.
Graveside services were held Wednesday, December 10, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. in Hillcrest Cemetery with Rev. Adam Parrish officiating. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mtn. Grove.
The family requests donations be given to the Community Hospice or the Faith Community Nazarene Church, c/o the funeral home.