June 11, 1925
OBITUARY ~ MARY TERESA (O'CONNELL) DUNCAN
Mary Teresa OcConnell was born at Waukegan, Illinois, August 8, 1846, and departed this life at Omaha, Nebraska, June 3, 1925. She was united with Harvey S. Duncan on November 4, 1868, at Clifton, Iowa, to which union there were born nine children, two of whom preceded her in death, Mary, who died in childhood, and Andrew, who died at the age of 23. The surviving children are: Ellen A., Margaret K., John E. and William B. Duncan of Omaha, Nebraska; James E. Duncan of Clearfield, Iowa; A.B. Duncan of Shannon City, Iowa; and Harvey S. Duncan of Creston, Iowa.
Funeral services were held at St. Cecilia's Cathedral, Omaha, and at the Immaculate Conception church Maloy, Iowa. She was laid to rest in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Maloy, Iowa.
She received her education at Ferry Hall Seminary, Lake Forest, Illinois, graduating in 1866. She taught school at Clifton, Iowa, until the time of her marriage and continued her residence in Clifton until March 1882 at which time she moved to Clearfield, Iowa where she remained until June, 1918 when she moved to Omaha, Nebraska.
Her life was one of constant and unstinted devotion to her God and her family. Hers were the trials and hardships not uncommon to the pioneer farm folks of her generation and, like many of her old time neighbors, for whom she cherished the deepest love, she accepted her cross cheerfully and performed her duties as a labor of love. She was sustained and comforted throughout life and in death by an abiding faith in Jesus Christ. May she rest in peace.
Transcription by Lorelei Rusco, December of 2011
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