Margaret Booker Duncan
  • 100 years old
  • Date of birth: Oct 7, 1912
  • Place of birth:
    Washington, District of Columbia, United States
  • Date of passing: Jan 22, 2013
  • Place of passing:
    Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
Let the memory of Margaret be with us forever

Mrs. Margaret Booker Johnson Duncan, educator in the Seventh-day Adventist Church for 60 years, passed at age 100 on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at her home in Scottsdale, Arizona.   

Please join us at her Memorial service:

     Sabbath March 23, 2013
TIME:      2:30 p.m.
PLACE:   Camelback SDA Church
                 5902 E. Camelback Rd
                 Phoenix, AZ 85018
                 480.947.3781 (main)

Memorial Gifts
        The family request that Mrs. Duncan be honored by supporting Pine Forge Academy’s Paul Jones Center, which will house the new library named in her honor. 

To contribute:
          Go to “Donors and Friends” at www.pfafoundation.org
          All gifts on-line will receive an immediate receipt.
 By Check:
         Make checks payable to Pine Forge Academy Foundation or PFAF 
          Please note your designation in the memo section or a note accompanying
          your check or money order.



Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by tollea marshall on 17th October 2017

"Gone not never forgotten  i see your picture on my wall everyday  and you will always be in my heart."

This tribute was added by Leanor Johnson on 8th October 2017

"Mom, you would have been 105 today (technically yesterday). You've been gone four years and I still sorely miss you. Wish you were here to see your great granddaughter, Asia, attend Pine Forge Academy & use the library which you built.  Eternally loving you,
Leanor,  your daughter-in-love    ❤️❤️"

This tribute was added by William Johnson on 22nd January 2017

"Missing Mother Duncan today, the 4th anniversary of her passing. But then I miss her every day. I'm now in our home library surrounded by the 2000+ books she cataloged with the Dewey system. She loved order. This morning I picked produce from the garden plot she established decades ago. As a witness to our pledge to honor her green-thumb legacy, we harvested an 11" x 8" x 11" eggplant. Every day there is something to remind me of her wit, humor, effortlessly reciting the writings of great English writers to illuminate the most mundane situations, love for advancing educational experiences for her children, grandchildren, great grand, & others, her devotion to God's work, willingness to discuss the most delicate church issues, her delight when preparing meals for company, and the 'missing' goes on and on. So, thankful for her life and the blessed Hope.

Leanor Boulin Johnson"

This tribute was added by Lisa Francis on 22nd January 2016

"Always remembering this amazing woman!  She will forever be missed until someday when we're all in Heaven laughing with her, again!"

This tribute was added by Lisa Francis on 7th October 2015

"Happy Birthday in Heaven, Miss Margaret!  You're very much missed!  xoxoxoxoxox"

This tribute was added by Lisa Francis on 22nd January 2015

"I still think about this wonderful woman quite often!  She was and always will be special to me!"

This tribute was added by Lisa Francis on 7th October 2014

"Still missing this wonderful lady after all this time!  I find myself telling stories about her quite often and remembering her charm, wit, grace and craziness all at the same time!  Thank you to her family for bringing me into her life and experiencing her amazing personality!  Love to all!!"

This tribute was added by Cynthia Poole-Gibson on 7th October 2014

"Mrs. Duncan was first my teacher, my librarian , my administrator and then my friend.  I will never forget the laughing times we had together. She encouraged you to do more than you thought possible but she never lauded her own accomplishments. I remeber her visit back to Pine Forge when I was Headmaster.  I rode all over PA to find a slip cover for the chair in the library because I could NOT let Mrs. Duncan come into the library and see a dirty chair. LOL I will always fondly remeber our last visit together in her home in Scottsdale, great conversation, showing me the home library (her work), sharing pictures, good food and walking down memory lane.  She will always be missed."

This tribute was added by charles white on 23rd January 2014

"As we approach Black History Month it is with the recognition that mother Duncan was instrumental in being an amazingly wonderful representative of the African/American community.  Because of her educational status, her Christian commitment, and her persona she did more than can be imagined to uplift those around her.  Here at Camelback which was her church for quite a few years she was loved and revered.  We still miss her and the positive influence she had."

This tribute was added by Margaret von Hake on 22nd January 2014

"Thinking of Margaret brings many special memories to my mind and renewed sorrow at her passing. She touched so many lives and left each one the better for it. I shall always think of her with deep affection and great respect. My heart goes out to her family and many friends on this anniversary of losing her. May God be with you all."

This tribute was added by Lee Wisel on 7th October 2013

"I became a librarian and am a library director today because of her tremendous support and encouragement.  I would never have done it without her!"

This tribute was added by Pat Neff on 7th October 2013

"I can't believe that it has been one year already since we celebrated Mother Duncan's 100th birthday. I am so happy that the Lord blessed her with such a long life. She had such a beautiful heart and was able to touch thousands, who will follow her example by being a blessing to others. What an awesome legacy she left!"

This tribute was added by Linton Johnson on 7th October 2013

"I miss my grandma so much."

This tribute was added by Margaret von Hake on 22nd March 2013

"Margaret Duncan was a remarkable woman: dedicated, responsible, courageous, fun, exacting, innovative, inspiring, loving, persevering, influential, open to new ideas & technologies, a consummate professional librarian & mentor —I could go on & on. I am grateful that I had the opportunity & pleasure to know & work with her in the library at CUC, and she will live forever in my memory."

This tribute was added by Carl McCoy on 22nd March 2013

"May God welcome Mrs Duncan to his heavenly home and give her everlasting life. May we all remember the life she lived, the love she gave and known that she is at peace. We thank God for her life.She will always be remembered.
The McCoy family."

This tribute was added by Janet Corley on 22nd March 2013

"Mrs. Duncan was an inspiration and role model  to us during our time at Pine Forge. Our prayers are with her family. She will be forever missed.

Dorothy and Janet Corley"

This tribute was added by Sara Pitts on 21st March 2013

"Mrs. Duncan was one who encouraged students to be high achievers and was always concerned about proper usage of the library at the "Pines".  She was my teacher and librarian in the old school (1950-1953),  She returned to the "Pines" to upgrade the library; we also returned in 1977.  My husband was business manager and I was the school nurse. She was a real blessing to the school!"

This tribute was added by Ruth Maddox Swan on 21st March 2013

"Mrs. Duncan was a major professional mentor and then my friend. She taught my very first class in librarianship at CUC(now WAU); ensured that my work was no less than perfect; and then followed and nurtured my career - always excited to know about any accomplishments. Her own accomplishments, her wide influence,  total dedication to PFA; her smile; her youthfulness, are great memories!!"

This tribute was added by Lisa Francis on 16th March 2013

"Margaret Duncan.....what an amazing woman and I am honored to have known her for the last year and a half of her life.  It was a pleasure spending time with her and taking care of her.  What an inspiration she was to everyone who touched her life.  God bless you, Margaret and your entire family.  I will miss you, Miss Margaret!  xoxoxo"

This tribute was added by PATRICIA LANDRY on 15th March 2013

"I have wonderful memories of the times we shared with laughter, gardening and cooking. The greatest moments when we had our girly talks over a cup of tea.  Warm,friendly and lovely lady with a great smile. Mrs Duncan will be missed but not forgotton. .Thanks for the friendship, love and memories."

This tribute was added by Merv Williams on 8th March 2013

"My family and I, have for many years enjoyed the endearing friendship we have had with this beautiful lady, we affectionately called "Mother Duncan". Her wit, and knowledge about current events, her recall with clarity, the many years of her life's experiences were always a blessing. She will be greatly missed."

This tribute was added by Curtis Fox on 7th March 2013

"I had the privilege of meeting Ms. Duncan  once in 2006. I was impressed with her love and care for people, as well as her sharp mind and wit. Mom was often the topic of conversation between Leanor and myself. She was deeply loved. She was a dear soul and the memory of her will be cherished."

This tribute was added by Yvonne Washington on 7th March 2013

"Mama Duncan was my other mother through my brother in law, William,(my sister's husband).  We had such great times exercising in the swimming pool, cooking together, talking about everything, sharing jokes, etc.  She was so much fun. I always looked forward to going to Arizona to see her and everyone else.  I loved her very much and will greatly miss her.  She was an outstanding person!"

This tribute was added by Pat Neff on 7th March 2013

"Mother Duncan, your heart was so big that you made room for me and my family. Your love was felt every time we saw you and your smile never wavered throughout the years, even to the very end. I am so blessed to have shared in your life and to hold a piece of you in my heart and memory."

This tribute was added by janice williams on 4th March 2013

"Mrs. Duncan will be remembered as a quiet caring teacher and for her commitment to Adventist education.  Thank God for her influence."

This tribute was added by Leanor Johnson on 25th February 2013

"My Mom through marriage, my best friend through sharing, my everlasting love pledged to you because you loved our family unconditionally."

This tribute was added by William Johnson on 24th February 2013

"Mother Duncan was my mother who I will forever love and miss. I can't believe she's gone. I love you mom!!!"

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