Duvall, Mary J.
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Mary J. Duvall, 62, a 28-year resident of Bullhead City, Ariz., passed away peacefully at home with her family at her side on Oct. 12, 2013, after a long and painful battle with cancer. She was born at Holy Family Hospital on Feb. 10, 1951, in Manitowoc, Wis., to Nobia and Clarence Krejcarek. Mary graduated from Lincoln High School in Manitowoc, Wis., class of 1969. She married Jerry Duvall on July 10, 1971, in a loving ceremony at St. Luke Catholic Church in Two Rivers, Wis. Mary worked as a nurse aide for many years in the Hamilton Home in Two Rivers, taking care of the elderly and sick.
Mary and Jerry moved to Bullhead City, Ariz., in July 1985 and she started her career as an Accounts Payable Supervisor at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Laughlin, Nev., where she worked for 22 years. Mary achieved "Employee of the Month" in 1998 and also received many recognitions for the great and valuable work she performed at the Golden Nugget Laughlin.
Mary was proud to be a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 10005 in Bullhead City. She was also a member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, where she was an active volunteer serving on the Altar Guild, as an Extraordinary Minister of Communion and as a money-counter.
Mary is survived by her husband, Gerald "Jerry" Duvall, Bullhead City, Ariz.; son, Jeremy Duvall and grandson, Joseph Chandler Duvall, Bullhead City; sisters, Linda Gallenberger, Sheboygan, Wis.; and Susan Verrett, Fort Mohave, Ariz.; brothers, Michael Krejcarek, Appleton, Wis,; and Wayne Krejcarek, Manitowoc, Wis. Mary was preceded in death by two children at birth, Lori and Jason Duvall; parents, Clarence and Nobia Krejcarek; and two sisters, Carol Schwoerer and Helen Jindra.
So much can be said about our Mary. What a wonderful, special, generous, compassionate, loving, courageous person. She always put everyone before herself. In many ways, she touched everyone she met. Goodness, that is what she saw in everyone. Her family was her greatest asset - Jerry, Jeremy, Joseph, Sue, Bruce, Renee, Adam and the rest of her family back in Wisconsin. Father Peter and all of her many friends were so important to her.
She fought so long and hard with courage, strength, strong will and determination. Many days during the treatments she probably felt like giving up - but no, she continued to fight. But battles do end and at that time Mary had to make some difficult decisions - fight no more - finally she waved the white flag to surrender - not to cancer but to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Mary is now in Heaven next to God free of all the pain and suffering she endured.
The Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, Oct. 18, at 11 a.m. preceded by a Rosary at 10:30 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Bullhead City, Ariz., officiated by Fr. Peter Dobrowski. Immediately following the Mass, all are welcome to join for a reception at the St. Margaret Mary Parish Hall adjacent to the church. Cremation burial will take place at a later date in the family plot at Holy Cross Cemetery in Two Rivers, Wis.
Arrangements by Desert Lawn Funeral Home, Crematory and Memorial Gardens in Mohave Valley, Ariz.
Desert Lawn Funeral Home
9250 S. Ranchero Lane Mohave Valley, AZ 86440
Published in Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter on Oct. 16, 2013