Elizabeth "Boo" Duke
Loving Funeral Home
3225 Academy Avenue
Portsmouth, VA
Elizabeth "Boo" Duke, 87, passed away on Saturday, September 25th at Sentara Obici Hospital in Suffolk, Va.

Born in Suffolk, Virginia, daughter of the late Elizabeth Byrd Rountree and Miles James Rountree, she is predeceased by a brother, Miles James Rountree, Jr.

A 1952 graduate of Suffolk High School and 1956 graduate from Mary Washington College, she began her teaching career at Princess Anne High School in 1956. She taught one year in Broward County, Florida before returning to Portsmouth. She began teaching at Churchland High School in 1960 and retired in 1996 as Chair of the Mathematics Department.

During her career at Churchland High School, she sponsored many activities; among them, Junior class and Senior class sponsor, Tri-Hi-Y, and Junior Varsity Cheerleading. She was the first president of the Alpha Epsilon chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, a service sorority dedicated to excellence in education and leadership, where she maintained active membership for more than 40 years.

Throughout her career and into retirement, one of her greatest joys was tutoring local students, as well as adults. Her passion was always encouraging others to think for themselves, not just memorize formulas, but to "just play with it," a saying well known to all her students.

She is survived by a daughter, Susan Duke Lawrence (Nathan), a son John Duke; and two grandchildren, Gage Lawrence and Lucy Duke. She is also survived by her brother, Richard Rountree (Rite), a sister-in-law, Sheila Rountree Bell; and a host of nieces, nephews and extended family, including her beloved "guardian angel," Leslie Gayle.

A Celebration of Elizabeth's life will be held on Saturday, October 16th at 11:00 a.m. at Centenary United Methodist Church. As per her wishes she will be cremated. To leave condolences visit www.LovingFuneralHome.com. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (www.stjude.org), Union Mission (unionmissionministries.org) or H.E.R (hershelter.com).
Published by The Virginian-Pilot on Sep. 29, 2021.
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I will always remember how vibrant and warm Boo was. I was touched by all the Christmas cards she sent me, and how much she cared about us when we talked. I know how hard it is to lose a parent. I send the family my deepest condolences. Know that Boo has left a very positive memory for me and I am delighted to have known the wonderful woman she was.
Alexia McKnight
October 15, 2021
Many good memories growing up with Mrs Duke. Both as neighbors and as a student of a fine and dedicated-educator. Thank you for your patience and guidance. You have touched countless individuals. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during these times. God Bless
B Sementelli
October 1, 2021
To the Duke Family My name is Yasmin Vaughn and I loved Mrs Duke. I went to her class to get a tutor for 10th grade math. I will miss her.
Yasmin Denise Vaughn
October 1, 2021
She made math fun at Churchland High in 1976.
Tim Mckinney
October 1, 2021
She was a great teacher and I appreciate all that she did for me back in 1968 at Churchland HS!! I am sure she was a role model for many future teachers and inspired many students as I was inspired to learn.
Ronnie Psimas
September 30, 2021
My sympathy and prayers for her family. Boo was a very special Lady that touched so many lives. Her smile lit up a room. Such great memories of a life well spent.
Sondra Underwood
September 29, 2021
Boo was a sweetheart. She was a great bridge player and we enjoyed our time with her laughing at our mistakes and playing for money ($1.00 each). If we didn´t win we wanted our $1.00 back. Loved her. God is with her now.
Hildred McLain
September 28, 2021
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