Laura Fay Duncan, 105, passed away on Saturday, June 2, 2012, at Sweetwater Healthcare Center. Funeral services will be Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Roscoe with Rev. Vernon Baker officiating. A visitation will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at McCoy Funeral Home in Sweetwater.
Laura Fay Wilson was born in Cisco, Texas, on May 7, 1907, and graduated from Cisco High School in 1924. In 1928, she graduated with a B.A. in English from Texas Women’s College in Fort Worth and that fall began her teaching career at Divide, where she taught for two years.
In 1930, she moved to Roscoe, where she was the high school English teacher until 1939. The seniors of 1939 dedicated the annual to her and that same year she retired from teaching and married Everett Duncan, who remained her husband until his death in 1978. In 1941, she completed her M.A. at Hardin-Simmons University. She had three sons: Joe, Edwin and David, and spent the 40s and 50s raising them.
As long as she was able, she was active in church and community and for many years was well known as a public speaker who gave talks to women’s clubs and organizations all over the big country. An artist, she also taught art classes and worked with ceramics and over the years made too many quilts to count. One of her paintings of a desert flower is in a museum in Arizona.
A lifelong Methodist, she had been a member of the Roscoe congregation since 1930 and taught Sunday school there for over 70 years.
She lived at home until she was 100 but had been at the Sweetwater Healthcare Center since November 2007.
This past month was proclaimed “Laura Fay Duncan Month” in Roscoe by the Mayor and City Council and in 2007 she received a similar honor and was Grand Marshal of Roscoe’s July 4 parade.
She is survived by three sons, Joe and wife Tove of Lilles and, Norway; Edwin of Roscoe and David and wife Rebecca of Roscoe; eight grandchildren, Hans, Erik and Heidi, all of Norway; Vanya of Denver, Colo.; Mary Grace and Laurie of Atlanta, Ga.; Karsten of Sacramento, Calif. and Katherine of Houston; and six great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Lonnie Orman, Landon Orman, Pete Porter, Billy Joe Jay, Kenny Landfried and Gary Pieper. Honorary pallbearers will be Arlon Wayne Orman, Harold Duvall and Darrell Aljoe.
Online condolences may be expressed at mccoyfh.com.