Born November 2, 1952 in Vandalia, Illinois to Marion (“Goose”) and Iva (Symes) Duckworth, Ann married Robert (“Bob”) Dugan on April 8, 1978 in Vandalia, Illinois.
Her father, Goose Duckworth, in-laws Eldon & Tessie Dugan and sister, Phyliss Duckworth, preceded her in death. Her mother, Iva, joined her in heaven a few hours later. Surviving are her husband of 43 years, Bob, and her sisters, Jo Layne (Robert) Woodward of Troy, IL, Vicky (Dale) Huber of Hillsboro, IL and Brenda (Layne) Mayfield of Vandalia, IL. Also surviving are her niece, Jamie (Derek) Ward of Cottleville, MO and her nephews, Robert (Lisa) Woodward of Edwardsville, IL, Marion Mayfield of Champaign, IL, and Dusty Haupt of Vandalia, IL as well as her beloved great nephews Robert (“Bo”) Woodward, Taggart and Kip Ward, and great-niece Kayle Haupt.
Growing up, Ann was the “tomboy” of the family. She and her Dad loved the outdoors and broke many horses together to ride. She started school early because her Dad sold her favorite pony and she graduated in 1970 from Mulberry Grove High School. Following graduation, she went on to work at Graham Packing for 42 years, where she met Bob. She played competitive women’s softball, played bass guitar, and sang in multiple country-western bands. Following her retirement, she served as her mother’s caregiver, enabling Iva to remain in her home, and enjoy Sunday afternoon rides to Dairy Queen and Friday fish dinners.
Ann was a beloved member of Bethel Baptist Church in Vandalia, where she played bass guitar in the Praise Band and cooked for their Wednesday night Bible Study. She enjoyed helping at the Rehoboth Church Camp, where she taught kids to fish and led many activities. Ann served as the President of Taylor Cemetery in rural Vandalia. She loved her 1957 T-bird and one of her proudest moments was serving as a guardian on an Honor Flight with her mother and other veterans to Washington, DC.
Her niece and nephews loved her sense of humor, even when she tried her best to aggravate them in her own loving way. Her greats loved fishing with her and exploring her many tractors, animals, and instruments. They were always excited to see her, and then find out what new adventure they were going on that day. She was very loved by many and will be missed.
Services will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday, February 17, 2022 at the Bethel Baptist Church, Vandalia, IL with Dr. Ben Foxworth officiating. Burial will immediately follow the Funeral at Taylor Cemetery, Vandalia, IL. Visitation is from 9 - 11 AM on Thursday February 17, 2022 at Bethel Baptist Church, Vandalia, IL; The family requests donations be made to the Taylor Cemetery Maintenance Fund in lieu of flowers or memorials, Miller Funeral Home, Vandalia, IL, is in charge of arrangements. Online memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.millerfh.net.
Streaming information is available by contacting the Bethel Baptist Church – Vandalia, Illinois · 618-346-7451 bethelvandalia.org
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