Mary B. Duty

Charlottesville, Virginia


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Mary B. Duty

Mary B. Duty, 91, of Charlottesville, died on Sunday, March 25, 2012. She was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, on January 3, 1921.

Mary helped change the world from her early youth until the day of her passing. She was a mother, grandmother, great- grandmother, great-great- grandmother, Honorary Grandmother of the Appalachian Cherokee Nation and friend of the Monacan Indians, writer, author, journalist, student, researcher, poet, healer, intuitive consultant, and psychic reader. Her journals, published books, poetry and writings are cherished by all.

Mary is survived by a son and daughter, six grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, and six great-great- grandchildren. A memorial service will be conducted 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7, 2012, at Teague Funeral Service. In lieu of flowers, Mary asked that donations be made to the Appalachian Cherokee Nation Inc. to promote their college scholarship fund for Native American Youths.

Donations may be mailed to Chief Marshall Couch, P.O. Box 64, Gore, VA 22637, Phone 540-877-1450. Friends may sign a guest register at

This obituary was originally published in the Daily Progress.

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To all who loved Mary - She arrived in my life magically - guiding my marriage, my dealings with descendants, and bringing my daughter into this life. I feel her presence more strongly than ever and know that she will never leave those that love her. Emily

Dear Nanie,
I hope you know how much I love you and how much I miss you. Im so thankful to have had you in my life.

Aunt Mary, You were my Daddy's older sister and you always loved me. I remember going down to your house way out in the country. You always paid attention to me and made me feel I was special. I'll always love you for that. Life wasn't always kind to you but you showed so much love and kindness to others. "Go rest high on that mountain, for your work on earth is done..." Love you always, Theresa ("Tee")

You are a very special woman who will always have a place in my heart. You were always there when I just needed someone to talk to. You always stood by me and shared your stories to help me with my own situations. I will miss our talks and all the fun times we had. I am blessed to have had you in my life. You always said that god sent me to you but I know that you were my guardian angel. I love you nan and always will! I miss you so much but we will meet again!

Dear Nanny, You were a wonderful women, so smart, and talented. You touched so many people with your kind words of wisdom. We will all miss you dearly, you were the rock that held our family together. You will FOREVER be in our hearts!!!!!
I love and miss you so much ..... LOVE JENNY

Nannie, there is not a minute, hour, or day that I am not thinking of you and miss you. What keeps me strong is knowing what you would want me to do. To smile, love my family, and be the best woman that I can. I will never forget your stories and it is now the responsibility to all who loved you, to keep them going with our families. In that, you will never be forgotten, but will remain alive in our hearts and minds. Nothing has ever been as hard as saying goodbye but now you will not...

Mary Lee & Bill -

I'll never forget the good times we had when we all lived at Warren. Always loved to talk to your Mom. She was so full of information. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Mary Lee and Bill, The world will seem so empty without your mother. I think she was a mother to all of us at Warren when we were kids. She was a very loving and unique lady. My deepest sympathy to you both.

My dear friend,Mary
and family: I am deeply sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs.Duty. She must have had a wonderful and giving life and I know you all will miss her presence in your lives. May God be with you all.

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