Marjorie L. Duffin

Marjorie L. Duffin (Parks)

87, passed away peacefully in her home in Miami, Florida on Friday, December 21, 2012. She spent her final hours in the loving company of her family.

Marjorie was born on April 4, 1925 in Terre Haute, Indiana to W. Thurston Parks and Mary Emily Haught. She attended Wiley High School and the former Indiana State Teachers College before relocating to Washington, D.C., where she worked for the Navy during World War II. On December 9, 1949, Marjorie was married to Charles Randall Duffin, affectionately known as Duff. For most of their adult lives, Margie and Duff happily resided outside of Brownsburg, Indiana.

Margie was an accomplished artist and seamstress; she enjoyed gardening, home decorating and traveling, played a very supportive role in Duff's career, but found most happiness in just "being with the kids"…as the creative consultant for many memorable childhood activities.

Margie & Duff enjoyed eleven years of retirement in Hartwell, Georgia until Duff's death in 1999. In 2007, Margie moved to Miami to enjoy the warm climate and to be closer to family. Valued friendships with special people at Eastridge Retirement Village made her transition much easier.

Margie is survived by her brother, William Parks (Larrie) of Laguna Niguel, CA; daughter, Tracy Duffin O'Connell (Mark) of Miami, FL; son, Daniel Duffin of Avon, IN; stepson, Randall Duffin of Indianapolis, IN; stepdaughter, Jean Ann Neal (Rickey) of Marietta, GA; and ten grandchildren.

Margie's circle of life will be complete when she returns to Terre Haute to be buried next to her beloved husband and "best friend", Duff. A family graveside ceremony will be held at Calgary Cemetery on January 4, 2013. In lieu of flowers, please take a long, deep breath for Margie, be grateful for the ones you love and tell them so.

Margie had a a great sense of style, a hearty laugh and an unforgettable smile that could light up a room. She will be greatly missed.


Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Dec. 30, 2012