Electa Clay (Heck) Duncan was born on October 10, 1922 and passed from the cloud of dementia into the brilliance of Heaven on March 24, 2023. She was mother of three, grandmother of four, great-grandmother of nine, great-great-grandmother of seven. Believing in the importance of education, she earned an RN degree from Welborn Hospital College of Nursing, a bachelor of science in nursing from Evansville College, a masters of education in nursing from Indiana University and a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certification from the University of Evansville. She spent her career as a nurse teacher, mostly at Harrison High School in Evansville. Following her retirement, she really got busy--as a volunteer teacher of adult basic education, with her sister Loraine engaging the “Big A Club” for underprivileged kids in the neighborhood around her church, going on mission trips to Native American reservations in Arizona and Utah, then on more localized missions to Southern Illinois and Western Kentucky.
Electa lived her faith. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Evansville from childhood until moving to Indianapolis in 2001 when she became an active member of Northside Baptist Church. She served the church as a Sunday School teacher and Vacation Bible School missions advocate and served on numerous committees and work groups. She believed more in living her faith than preaching it and endeavored to share Christ through mercy, grace and charity.
Electa was preceded in death by her parents, by her brother Howard Devine and sister Loraine Hillman, by daughter Judith Hayden. She is survived by daughter Jerri Anne Duncan and her husband John Goldberg, and by son David Michael Duncan and his wife Tippy and by the grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-children noted above.
There will be a Celebration of Life for Electa Duncan at Northside Baptist Church on Thursday, March 30 at 1:00 for visitation and 2:00 for the service. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org.