Mildred Nicholson Duncan

April 21, 2013 

Mildred Nicholson Duncan of Durham, NC passed away peacefully on April 17th after a brief illness.

Millie, as she was called by those who knew her, was born in Laurel, Missippi on June 26, 1923, the first of three daughters born to Fred and Lillie Nicholson.

During World War II, she moved to Washington, DC, where she found work as a secretary. After the war she went to work at IBM, where she met her husband and love of her life, Rod Duncan. They married in 1948, and seven years later had their first child, Suzanne, followed by Paul in 1957, and Greg in 1958.

The family of five moved around frequently in the early years as Rod was promoted in his company. In 1965 they settled in Raleigh, NC, where they made many friends among the IBMers moving to Raleigh at that time, and among the native Raleighites, whose city they quickly adopted.

Millie valued most the things that were close to her- family, friends, church and community. While Rod and her children often enaged in discussions of politics around the dinner table, she kept focused on things close to home. From her middle age years until her later years, she delivered meals for Meals on Wheels, enjoyed the company of her golf and bridge friends, celebrated birthdays and holidays with her family, volunteered at the Duke Cancer Center, knitted prayer shawls, attended church on Sunday, and doted on her grandchildren.

Her husband Rod passed away in 2008, and while that was a great blow to her, his death was softened by frequent visits in her final years from her children and grandchildren, her many friends from the Treyburn community and Croasdaile Village, and from members of Aldersgate United Methodist church in Durham.

Millie is preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Lillie, sisters Kath ryn and Anne, and her husband of 60 years, Rod. She is survived by her children, Suzanne, Paul and Greg, son-in-law Dan, daughters-in-law Veronica and Atsuko, and grandchildren Ethan, Leah and Daniel.

She will be missed by the many people who knew and loved her, and always be remembered for her love of friends and family.

Millie's Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, April 28th at 4:00 p.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist church in Durham. For those who want to make a charitable donation, the family suggests two of Millie's and Rod's favorite charities, Meals on Wheels and the Salvation Army.

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