Waco community mourns the loss of a civic leader

POSTED: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 2:43pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 2:58pm

Central Texans mourn the loss of a great civic leader in the Waco community. Mary Ruth Duncan, 82, died peacefully at her home on Saturday night, November 3.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 8, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Reverend Chuck Treadwell will be officiating.

Duncan was born August 27, 1930 in Galveston to John Patrick and Welda Mae Norris. Prior to her death, Duncan was a member of the Junior League of Waco, a former trustee of the Waco Independent School Board, and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Waco Humane Sociey and Central Texas Planned Parenthood.

"Back in the 80's, she was the one that was instrumental in forming the Humane Society of Central Texas and taking it over from the city, originally. And, she's always been an advocate for the animals and has done all the ground work to get this place started in the first place," said Waco Humane Society Interim Executive Director, Don Bland.

The Humane Society has a stained glass picture in Duncan's honor hanging over the entry doors (see picture). Another photo hangs in her honor behind the reception counter.

Duncan is survived by her husband, former Mayor of Waco, Malcolm Duncan, Sr. She is also survived by her four children, Malcolm Jr., Sarah, Joan and John; daughters-in-law, Susan and Claire; son-in-law, Scott; granddaughters, Frances and her husband, Tripp, and Laura; great-granddaughters, Grace and Harriet; and one sister, Joan of Lufkin.

Duncan asked that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Waco Humane Society and Central Texas Planned Parenthood.

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