Marya Ann Duncan|
Marya (Parkins) Duncan
Marya Ann Duncan passed away on August 7, 2014, in Twin Falls Idaho.
She was born in Clarkston Washington, on November 30, 1930, the third of seven children of Arlie and Nydia Parkins. Her childhood and early years were spent on the family farm, in Homedale and Marsing, ID, graduating from Marsing High in 1949. She was very athletic, participating in several sports and organizations. She was active and held leadership positions in 4-H. She was always interested in sewing and began creating unique fashions even as a young girl. She met her future husband, Art Duncan, while attending the University of Idaho. They were married on September 2, 1951, in Caldwell, Idaho, and were married over 62 years. To this marriage were born three children, Leah, Gary and Diane. They moved to Twin Falls in 1954. Marya and Art both were active participants in organizations and volunteered extensively. During the early years in Twin Falls, in addition to raising her three children, Marya was self-employed as a custom seamstress. She was able to solve complicated sewing problems for customers and friends, designing many unique fashions. Many wedding dresses, formals, drill team costumes and beautiful garments were created by Marya. She was multi-talented, building and upholstering furniture, remodeling interiors, and accomplishing any home related task with ease. She was interested in teaching others to sew and they were able to learn clever techniques from her. Marya completed her degree from the U of I, receiving a B.S. in Secondary Education and Vocational Home Economics in 1970. She taught Home Economics at Jerome Junior and Senior High School (70-72) and Twin Falls High School (72-86). Like everything else, she loved teaching and worked tirelessly during her career. After retiring from teaching Marya was involved in several volunteer activities, then started a costume designing business followed by alteration businesses, with 2 good friends, Sarah Benton and Remza Jasarevic. Some volunteer and civic activities in which she participated included leader/training chair and board member of Camp Fire Girls, Jay-C-Ettes member and past president, member and Sunday school teacher at the First Methodist Church, 4-H leader, Order of Eastern Star, Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority, Home Economics Club, Woman's I Club, Health and Welfare Community Action volunteer, Juvenile Probation TEAM program, Twin Falls Ladies Golf Association, past president and committee chairman, Twin Falls Junior Golf Club, president 4 years, IEA, TFEA, Foster Grandparents Program Advisory Council, Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers of Magic Valley and member of First Presbyterian Church of Twin Falls. She and Art helped several Bosnian refugees acquire English skills. Many young women golfers have remarked that the girls' golf clinics, which Marya started, fostered their interest in golf and encouraged their successful college golfing endeavors. Friends and relatives refer to Marya's creativity and talent often. Of all her accomplishments, Marya's gift of being a loving mother and grandmother as well as devoted wife, will be most missed by her family. She was a tremendously compassionate, giving person, who always wanted to help others.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Mac and Monte Parkins, and sister, Venet Larsen.
She is survived by her husband, Arthur Duncan, daughter Leah Whiteman (Brad) of Eagle, son Gary Duncan (Tracey), daughter Diane Fischer of Twin Falls, grandchildren, Hailey Duncan, Seattle, Randi Fischer, New Orleans, Blake Fischer, Boise, Kalli Duncan and Brandon Nelson Twin Falls, her siblings Artylee Turnbull, Tyra Parkins and Doran Parkins, and many beloved nieces, nephews and friends.
Art's loving care giving throughout the final years of Marya's life were so appreciated by her family. The family extends their gratitude to the loving caregivers associated with Chardonnay Assisted Living and Encompass Hospice for the wonderful care given to Marya during the final two weeks of her life.
A celebration of Marya's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the First Presbyterian Church, 209 5th Ave. North, Twin Falls with Pastor Phil Price officiating. Services are under the direction of Reynolds Funeral Chapel, Twin Falls.
Donations may be made to the
Greater Idaho (6126 W. State St. Suite 305, Boise, ID 83703), or the Twin Falls Public Library Foundation or a
Condolences may be left for the family by visiting www.reynoldschapel.com.
Published in Idaho Statesman from Aug. 10 to Aug. 12, 2014