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Shirley Jean (Priebe) Duncan

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Shirley Jean (Priebe) Duncan Obituary
Shirley Jean (Priebe) Duncan, age 80, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 25, 2018, in Austin, Texas, after a long battle with COPD. She received God's grace and is with her Savior Jesus Christ.
Shirley is survived by her children, Jeanne (Paul) DePauw of Geneseo, Il, Tracy (Wasena) Leavelle of Hereford, AZ, Deborah (William) Ginac of Austin, TX, and Daniel (Faith) Duncan of Austin, TX; 16 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; three of her brothers, Norman (Alicia) Priebe, Keith (Ginny) Priebe, and Kevin Priebe; and her sister, Karen (Jerry) Brzeg, all who reside in Michigan; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her former husband, David N. Duncan; daughter, Linda M. Duncan; son, David M. Duncan; parents, Walter August and Sylvia Ellen (Young) Priebe; and her brother, Raymond Priebe.
Shirley was the oldest of six children, born in Beaverton, Michigan, on June 5, 1938. Her youngest days were in upper Michigan living near family, and later her family lived in Detroit. She had many pleasant memories of growing up there and of her family and friends. She graduated from East Commerce High School in 1956.
In Detroit, she met David, a military man from Missouri, and they were married. She was a dedicated wife and willingly moved with him multiple times to California and Tennessee, to Washington, and finally to Michigan. Shirley was a devoted mother, raising her children singlehandedly during David's many yearlong deployments, while also working at home taking in laundry and ironing to make ends meet as she cared for her six children.
Her strength and values of diligence, integrity, and loyalty were a shining example and an inspiration to her children and to others. Her compassion compelled her to acknowledge the service and sacrifice of Vietnam Veterans, and she attended with her children, day or night, the homecomings of some of those who returned.
She loved her days working at the Chancery Court in Tennessee, and in Michigan, she was employed in managerial roles in the manufacturing field. Shirley purchased the Ellsworth House Bed and Breakfast in northern Michigan and wore every hat to care for it until she retired.
In her retirement, she had many worthwhile causes that she helped to promote, including fiercely working to protect our freedoms and the environment, being determined to help leave this world a better place. Austin, Texas, was her final home, but she desired to be living in her home state of Michigan.
Shirley loved a good book and shared her passion for reading with family and friends. She dearly loved her family, and treasured spending time with them. They often had a grand time singing together, playing cards, dominoes, and other games. She cherished her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and lovingly crocheted a baby blanket for each one. Shirley was fun-loving, a trailblazer, fiercely loyal, and a good wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, and friend. She maintained her independence until close to the end of her life, and her courage and determination inspired many. She will be remembered for her tenacity, compassion, loyalty, strength, her faithfulness, and the love that she demonstrated for each and every one of us. We all will miss her laugh, her love, her sweetness, and her spunk.
Shirley arranged for her body to be donated to BioGift Anatomical, Inc., for the advancement of science, and it was her desire that no funeral services be held.
Published in Gladwin County Record and Beaverton Clarion on July 25, 2018
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