Mary Ida "Ma" Duffy (1930 - 2018)

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Soldotna resident Mary Ida "Ma" Duffy, 87, died Monday, March 19, 2018 at Heritage Place in Soldotna.

Memorial Mass will be held at noon, Thursday, April 5, 2018 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 222 W. Redoubt Avenue in Soldotna. Father Roger, O.M.I., will officiate. A headstone will be placed at Fort Richardson National Cemetery where the cremated remains of both her and her husband will be laid to rest.

Mary was born April 15, 1930 in Wahkon, Minnesota. She graduated from McGregor High School in Minnesota. She moved to Alaska in 1930 living in the Matanuska Valley Colony, Big Lake, and finally Soldotna. Mary had numerous jobs in her life, but being a mother and wife was her full-time occupation. She was raised Christian and converted to the Catholic church with her husband Jim 15-plus years ago. She was a volunteer police officer in Soldotna and in California for more than 10 years. Her hobbies included anything to do with police enforcement. She loved to paint and was very talented at it. Bingo was also a love of hers in her youngers years.

Her family wrote, "She was a beloved wife, mother, sister and friend. Mary's life truly began the day she met and fell in love with Jim Duffy Sr. With his unwavering love for Mary, they became the parents they longed to be through the adoption of Jim Jr. in 1967 and his brother Jack in 1969. Mary was a hockey mom and her sons, grand and great-grandchildren will be her and her sweetheart Jim's legacy. Mary was known for her humor and feisty spirit to the end. We will miss her very much. Rest in Peace 'Ma' Duffy."

She was preceded in death by her parents, William Ray and Ruth Wilkes; brothers, Joe, Max, Howard and Norman; sister, June and beloved husband, Jim Duffy.

She is survived by her sons, Jim J. (Vicky L.) Duffy of Sterling and Jack M. (Melissa) Duffy of Alaska; granddaughters, Karen Lynn Brown of Post Falls, Idaho, Heather Joy Simons of Soldotna, and Willow S Duffy of Alaska; grandson, Dylan Duffy of Alaska; great-grandchild, Sawyer Elias Brown of Post Falls, Idaho; and sister, Margie McKiney of McGregor, Minnesota.

Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel & Crematory. Please sign or visit her online guestbook at

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Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Apr. 1, 2018
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