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Edith Duffy

Edith Duffy

FAIRBANK — Edith Mae Duffy, 96, died Sunday, Feb. 4, at Mercy Hospital in Oelwein.

She was born June 25, 1921, on a farm in rural Buchanan County, daughter of Ira and Ruth Morarie Sankey. On Jan. 31, 1939, she married Robert H. Duffy at Immaculate Conception Church in Fairbank. He died Nov. 24, 1994.

Edith attended Oran Consolidated School in Oran. She and her husband lived and farmed in the Fairbank/Oran area where she was a homemaker, helping farm and raise their eight children. They retired from farming and moved to Fairbank in 1980. After moving to Fairbank, Edith was employed at Covenant Clinic and retired on her 80th birthday after 16 years. She had served on the Fairbank City Council, volunteered for hospice and was a longtime member of Immaculate Conception Church and the Ladies Guild.

Survived by: two daughters, Bev (Larry) Jans of Norwalk and Judy (Jeff) Schutte of Readlyn; four sons, Dick (Ida) Duffy of Port Richey, Fla., Tom (Connie) Duffy of Dunkerton, Jim (Dixie) Duffy of Oelwein and Mike (Teresa) Duffy of Fairbank; a brother, Cecil (Margaret) Sankey of San Angelo, Texas; a daughter-in-law, Dorothy Duffy of Fairbank; 31 grandchildren, 68 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren; as well as numerous stepgrandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: her parents; her husband; two sons, Larry and Ronald; two sisters, Bernice Graff and June Sankey; two brothers, Clarence and Roger Sankey; and a daughter-in-law, Sue Duffy.

Services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with burial at the church cemetery, both in Fairbank. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, with a 7 p.m. Scripture service at Woods Funeral Home, Fairbank.

Memorials: may be directed to the Fairbank American Legion Veterans Park or to the family.

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Edith and Bob loved to dance, play cards and entertain family and friends. After retiring she enjoyed traveling, playing bingo and spent many winters in Texas. She dearly loved her family, friends and flowers.

the life of: Edith Duffy (1921-2018)
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