Our sweet, beautiful mother and grandmother, Verna Mae Duke passed away in the wee hours of Tuesday August 4, 2020 at the age of 83 years; our hearts are very heavy.
We are eternally grateful for her constant, unwavering love and support, and we find comfort that she is now reunited with our father and grandfather Tom, her husband of 63 years; her one true love. Always our best friend, her kind and gentle nature has nurtured us our whole lives and we will always remember her love of family, love of laughter, gentle advice, fierce strength, love of shopping and her stylish ways. We will forever feel her unconditional love.
Verna is survived by her son Sheldon Duke, daughter Terri (Maurice) Beaudoin, granddaughter Devin Mae Beaudoin (Riley), cat Benny, as well as her nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by her husband Tom in 2009, parents Ingrid & William Waitt, her brother Don, and sisters Joyce and Ellie.
Moms favorite poem: Footprints in the Sand (excerpt):
“My precious, precious child, I love you and would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints…it is then that I carried you.”
Mom, Nanny; we feel you carrying us now. Rest in Peace.
We will miss you every day, we love you!
A special thank you to Dr. Kagan for the friendship and support you have shown to our mother over many, many years.
Service to be held at a later date, when our family is able to gather. Cremation has taken place. Verna will be interred alongside Tom at the Holy Cross Cemetery.