Elsie Geraldine Merrell Duncan

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Asheville ~ Elsie Geraldine Merrell Duncan, 75, of Asheville, passed away on Monday, January 25, 2010 at her residence. She was a native of Buncombe County and was the daughter of the late John Henry Merrell and Freddie Estelle Searcy Merrell. She was preceded in death by several sisters and brothers. Mrs. Duncan was a 1953 graduate and salutatorian of Fairview High School. She was retired with 29 years of service as a teacher assistant at Lucy Herring School and was a longtime member of Biltmore Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Bill Duncan of Asheville; a daughter, Cindy Bradley of Asheville; two sons, Rick Duncan and wife Patsy of Fletcher and Steve Duncan and wife Earlene of St. Thomas, VI; two grandchildren, Jennifer and Emily Bradley; three sisters, Louise Lyda of Fletcher, Frieda Lytle of Fairview and Pat Stoll of Asheville; a brother, Richard Merrell of Fairview. A funeral service will be held 3:00 P.M. Sunday in the chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian on Long Shoals Road with the Rev. Harold Savell officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. Saturday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association ~ Western Caro-lina Chapter, 31 College Place, Suite D320 Asheville, NC 28801 or Care Partners Hospice, P.O. Box 25338 Asheville, NC 28813.

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  1. To The Duncan Family: Please know you have been and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. I pray God will give you strength to face the difficult days ahead and a peace that passeth all understanding.
    Gerri and I worked together years ago in the children’s department at Biltmore Baptist.
    She was a fine Christian Lady.
    At least now she is not suffering.
    Again, you will be in my prayers.
    Betty Ponder

  2. We are so sorry for your loss. May the comfort of the Lord be with the family. love in christ Maurice and Sandra Clark

  3. Uncle Bill and family,
    I am so sorry for the loss of Aunt Gerry. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers and that I love you very much.

  4. Dear Bill,Rick,Cindy & Steve,

    I was saddened to hear of Gerry’s passing, but grateful for the memories I have of her and of the great times we cousins had when we all visited Granny & Grandaddy Merrell. I can imagine that she and Mom are having a great time in Heaven with all the other Merrell siblings. Please know you guys are in my prayers.


  5. Dear Uncle Bill, Rick,Cindy, and Steve,

    I was saddened to hear of your loss earlier this week. Aunt Gerry was a very special lady and I have fond memories of her. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

    May the Peace of the Lord, which passeth all understanding be with you.

    Valerie (Duncan) Martin

  6. Bill, Rick, Cindy, and Steve,

    We were so sorry to hear about Gerry. I know this has been a very painful journey for you all, but it is so wonderful knowing that Gerry is in heaven with Mama and all of the others who have gone before. As always, I’m sure there hasn’t been a dull moment up there. We will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers. God will be by your side and will give you strength in these hard days ahead. All of our love to each of you.

  7. Bill,Cindy,Rick, and Steve
    I wouldn’t take anything for time spent at Biltmore and Herring schools, and part of the reason for that is knowing Gerry’s friendship. We had some wonderful fun times together. May God richly bless and comfort you now and forever.

  8. Dear Bill, Cindy, Steve and Rick,
    Please know that you are very much in my thoughts and prayers. I loved Gerry and I cherish all the memories of the good times we shared working together. I am so thankful that life brought us together at Biltmore and Herring Schools. She had a love for our ‘special’ kids and they did for her. And, she made work so much more fun! God bless each of you.
    With love and Sympathy,
    Nancy Taylor

  9. Duncan Family,
    We were sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. She was always so kind to us and our family.
    With deepest sympathies,
    Chuck and Cheryl Durrant

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