Violet Morgan Duncan
DICKINSON, TX. - Violet Morgan Duncan is remembered for her long and vibrant life. She expressed her creativity in many ways, but most notably through her cooking, painting, and needlework. She was happiest among family and friends, serving up big bowls of her trademark chicken gumbo and shrimp or crawfish etouffe. She loved to paint landscapes or portraits, and family members remember the many portraits and other designs she painted on fragile eggshells.
She also enjoyed crocheting and sewing, and when her hands weren’t holding a cup of black coffee, they were always busy with her latest project.
Violet was born on July 21, 1924, in Ridge, Louisiana, near the Indian Bayou home of her ancestors. As a child, she lived in many Louisiana and Texas oil towns since her father worked for Humble Oil and moved the family of twelve frequently. But in spite of all the moves, she remembered her dad always planted a garden.
A member of the first graduating class of Denver City High School, she was pictured with a friend kicking up their heels in the nearby Sand Hills of West Texas on their graduation day in 1941. After graduation she attended a business college in Lubbock, Texas, and acquired bookkeeping and other administrative skills. Those skills helped her land one of her first jobs, at the rice mill of Crowley, Louisiana, where her family had moved during the 1940s. In Crowley she met a handsome young man who had served as a Navy torpedoman in World War II. Bob and Violet Duncan were married in a small ceremony in Lafayette, Louisiana, on June 1, 1945, and remained together until his death in 2008.
A couple of years after they were wed, the couple moved to Texas. After living several years in Pasadena, Texas, where her children attended school, Violet and Bob returned to Crowley. There they attended the First United Methodist Church of Crowley, where she sang in the choir and he taught Sunday School classes. She also was a member of the Rebekahs and contributed many of her legendary lemon meringue and coconut cream pies to church and social functions. In addition, she worked in the office of the American Legion Hospital for several years.
Violet Morgan Duncan died on January 31, 2012, at the Gracious Living personal care home in Dickinson, Texas, at the age of 87. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert C. Duncan. She is survived by her son, Richard (Dewey) Duncan and daughter-in-law, Myrna Duncan, of Dickinson, Texas; her daughter, Roberta (Bobby) Sue Duncan of Austin, Texas; and three grandchildren: Todd Duncan of Pensacola, Florida; Vance Duncan of Mannville, Texas; and Tracy Duncan Alfultis of Austin, Texas. She is also survived by three great-grandsons: Kazman and Chase Duncan of Deer Park, Texas; and Hilton Duncan of Mannville, Texas.
One of ten children, she was predeceased by her parents, Annie and Soloman Morgan, her oldest sister, Ruth Morgan Avant, and four brothers, O.B., Wynen, Myrlen,and Richard Morgan. She is survived by two sisters, Irma Morgan Campbell of Houma, Louisiana, and Wilda Morgan Van Drome, of Lafayette, Louisiana. In addition, she leaves behind two brothers, Kenneth Morgan of Lafayette, and Bryan (Butch) Morgan of Deer Park, Texas. She is also survived by several nephews, nieces, and cousins.
A visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, February 3, 2012, at the Crowder Funeral Home in Dickinson, Texas.
Honorary pall bearers will be Michael Alfultis, James Campbell, Todd Duncan, Vance Duncan, Dan Hemker, Bryan Morgan, and Jonathan Morgan. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 4, 2012, at the Crowder Funeral Home in Dickinson, with The Rev. Zack McCoy officiating. Virna Argueta will sing some of Violet’s favorite hymns. Violet will be buried next to her husband at the Houston National Cemetery.
The family wishes to thank all the loving people who attended “Miss Violet” at the Gracious Living Personal Care Home, and to Hallmark Hospice of Galveston County, including her case nurse Lisa O’Brien and Raquel Sambrano. A special thanks is extended to Connie Alameda of League City, Texas, for her years of caring for both Violet and Bob Duncan, and for her help to the family.