Marva L. Duncan, 83 of Auburn passed away peacefully Tuesday , June 1,2021 at the Finger Lakes Center for Living.
She was born in Buffalo, the daughter of the late Abe and Mary ( Gaskin) Chaffin and also resided in Massachusetts before settling in Auburn to raise her family. ‘ Ma Dukes’ as she was affectionately known by her family and friends was a Cayuga and Tompkins Community College graduate .
In her earlier years, Marva was employed as an RN at the former Mercy Hospital . She would also work as a business representative for Local 200 and upon retirement, worked for several years as a greeter at Wal Mart. Ma Dukes had many hobbies, including painting, horse back riding, ballet, and an occasional trip to one of our local casinos. Marva was most happy attending many of her children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events. She became her son’s #1 fan watching him participate on the Syracuse Express Semi-Pro Football Team. There will never be another ‘Ma Dukes’ quite like her. She will be sadly missed .
She is survived by her two children, son Jay Michael Duncan, daughter Marnie ( Sonny) Bigness all of Auburn, 11 grandchildren, Whitney, Shawna, Tara, Aaron, Cody, Lauren, Justin, Michael, Jeffrey, Brittany, Laydoris, mothers of her grandchildren, Debbie Eastman, Loretta Bovee, Sue Homick, several great- grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her parents, she was recently predeceased by a daughter Joy Duncan and her husband Jay C. Duncan.
The family will greet any friends next Saturday, June 12th from 2-3 pm, with a service to begin at 3 pm in the Pettigrass Funeral Home, 196 Genesee St.,Auburn.
In lieu of flowers, any donations may be made to the family to help offset any medical and funeral expenses, c/o Jay Michael Duncan, 90 North St., Schwartz Towers, #8I, Auburn, NY 13021.
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