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Lois M. Duncan

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By The Staff

Duncan – Lois M. Duncan passed away March 12, 2008, after a brief illness. Lois was cherished by her family and any who knew her for her loving and positive nature. She will be remembered as well for her beautiful oil paintings of fall aspens and mountain scenery.Lois was born on March 10, 1922, in Burdick, Kan., where she grew up on a farmstead. She attended Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., for a year and then moved on to Kansas City. During WWII, she worked in a munitions plant and met the man who was to be her husband and companion for 62 years, Wendell R. Duncan. In 1943, Lois and Wendell were married, he was called up to serve in the U.S. Army, and Lois gave birth to their first child, Janice. A second child, Carolyn was born in 1946 and shortly thereafter, the family moved to Los Alamos, where Wendell accepted a job with the AEC Protective Force.Although their families in Kansas and Missouri were convinced they were going to the edge of the earth by moving to the western frontier, Wendell and Lois loved it. A son, Gerald was born in 1949 in the old Quonset hut hospital in Los Alamos. During the years they lived in “the secret city,” they were active in the community and the First Methodist Church. The family moved to Santa Fe from 1953-1958.


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