Mary Grace Duncan, "Midge" to practically everyone who knew her, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 18, 2014, at the age of 99. Born December 3, 1914, in Kansas City, Missouri, Midge acquired her nickname from being the shortest member of her family. |
She spent the first decade of her life on 7 1/2 acres of undeveloped land outside of Kansas City, Missouri, and also learned to drive by operating a tractor at the age of 13. The Depression brought hard times to her family and a move to Topeka, Kansas. In the 1930's she attended both Washburn College and Kansas University, and took pride in being both an Ichabod and Jayhawk. She was also Kappa Alpha Theta. While she majored in Physical Education, she ultimately earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education.
In 1937 she moved to Los Angeles with her parents. She went to MacMahon Secretarial School in Beverly Hills and in 1939 she was employed by the gas and electric company, where she changed meter reader books in Van Nuys. In 1940 Midge married George Wallace "Wally" Duncan, an architect whom she had met back in Topeka. The couple moved to La Jolla in 1940 where they started a family, and then moved into a home that George designed in Rancho Santa Fe in 1949. In the 1950's and 60's, she raised four boys, occasionally keeping score for their Little League games.
Midge also loved to play golf and watched PGA tournaments as often as she could. As the years went by and the boys grew up, she enjoyed spending time knitting and playing in a bridge group. After Wally's untimely passing in 1981 Midge worked for many years for the Guild at the Rancho Santa Fe Library, something that complimented her life-long passion for reading.
While still remaining active, she moved to Encinitas in 1991 and often enjoyed visits from her grandchildren and playing bunco.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Melville Roy and Bessie Pearl Linscott; brother, Scott; and sisters, Lois and Ruth. She is survived by her four sons; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A service in celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, May 31, 2014, at 1:00 pm at the Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center.
Midge once said she wanted to be remembered for being a kind and loving person. Anyone who knew her would certainly attest to these being two of her best attributes. Midge/Mom/Oma – you will surely be missed.
Published in the Rancho Santa Fe Review on May 29, 2014