Mrs. Duke was born on January 3, 1922 near Mutual, Oklahoma to David D. and Mary Morgan Hummer of Huntoon, Texas.
Mrs. Duke attended Perryton Public Schools and graduated in 1938. She attended Texas State College for Women in Denton, Texas for about 6 months. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Panhandle A & M University at Goodwell, Oklahoma in 1943. She earned her Master of Arts in English from the University of Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1966.
She taught school at Booker Public Schools for 6 months, Perryton Public Schools for 5 years, and in Oklahoma at Bushyhead Public Schools for a year and a half, White Oak Public Schools for 2 years, at Ketchum Public Schools for 3 years, and at Vinita Public Schools for 19 years, where she was head of the English Department.
She married Martin Duke on December 24, 1943 at the Hummer family home near Huntoon, Texas. They resided in Perryton, Texas from 1947 until 1957, where they moved to the Duke family ranch near Big Cabin, Oklahoma. She lived there until moving to Amarillo in 2014.
She was a member of Perryton First Christian Church and Vinita First Christian Church, where she taught Sunday School for many years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Martin, in 2004, a daughter, Vivian Black of Big Cabin, Oklahoma in 2012, a sister, Marjorie Urban, of Perryton, Texas, a brother, David M. Hummer of Booker, Texas, and her parents, David D. and Mary Hummer of Booker, Texas.
She is survived by a daughter, Virginia Duke, of the home in Amarillo, a son, James Duke of Big Cabin, Oklahoma, a granddaughter, Elizabeth Black, a great-grandson, Larry Dudley, and a great-great granddaughter, Abagail Dudley, all of Big Cabin, Oklahoma; three sisters, Mary Hummer and Martha Hall, both of Amarillo, and Florence Conley of Beaver, Oklahoma; and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be held Monday, January 25, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at Boxwell Brothers Chapel in Perryton, Texas, with the Rev. Dr. Jeff Knighton officiating. Burial will be in Ochiltree Cemetery under the direction of Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home of Perryton, Texas.