Mark 16:15

"Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature"

LeAnn Denise Morgan Duke (1957-2020)

A little after noon on Monday, January 6, 2020, a five-year battle ended, an earthly life ended, and a dear loved one slipped away quietly from the bonds of earth into the unseen realm of souls departed. LeAnn put up a valiant fight for almost five years with a dreaded rare blood cancer. Treatments exhausted, her body worn and weary, she closed her eyes in death and opened them in that long-awaited home. She refused to go through any more devastating radical treatments saying often that she was ready to go on and be with the Lord. She died at home surrounded by those who knew and loved her most. I believe perhaps she passed as gracefully as one could from this life, granted time to be with loved ones and tell them goodbye.
Born in South Bend, Indiana, LeAnn spent her formative years just across the state line in Niles, Michigan. By the time folks here met her she had been widowed, the result of a tragic traffic accident that took her first husband, Brian Wright’s life.
Brother Malcolm Hill had met her much earlier while he was holding a Gospel meeting at Niles in the late 60s and had given her and her twin Linda an airplane ride.
LeAnn met and married Kerry Duke. For most everyone the common reference was “Kerry and LeAnn.” They were a great team who loved the Lord and each other. Together they took on the task of rearing a family of four (two boys, two girls). Along the way they touched many lives both at home and abroad. LeAnn was an active part of several Russian mission teams to Moscow. She traveled with Kerry to mission points in Asia as well as several mission trips in the U.S. She ran the business office for Tennessee Bible College during the 90s helping to transform the office from old to new technology. LeAnn was a talented writer with several published articles. She contributed two chapters to the book
My Sister’s Keeper and was often called on for ladies’ day programs. LeAnn was a Bible school and ladies’ Bible class teacher for many years at the West End Church of Christ in Livingston.
She was always touched by individuals in need. Those of us who knew her well often saw her stop whatever she was doing for the possibility of helping someone. There could be no clearer example of her giving spirit than her live kidney donation which helped extend the life of our Tammi Hill for ten years. She did it without one word of doubt or remorse. That was LeAnn.
It would be impossible to remember LeAnn without a mention of Kerry. Through her years of suffering, he has been a prince of a man. While he could have grown bitter, complained, or even been a quitter, brother Kerry cared for his dear wife, continued all of his work, and did so masterfully. Many of us, his colleagues, have marveled at all that he has done. Through it all he’s never lost his sense of humor, and he with LeAnn’s blessing has been very benevolent in time and labor to help others. Though heartbroken, Kerry has found relief in her passing—relief in the cessation of her suffering and in the promise of better things to come (Phil. 1:23).
We’ll miss LeAnn but it won’t be very long until we meet on the other side in that beautiful home of the soul that we’ve sung about for years.
In addition to her husband Kerry, LeAnn will be missed by two children, two step-children, and seven grandchildren, three adopted sons in the faith as well as an adopted daughter in the Lord. Pray for those who remain, those who wait here in this low land of sin and sorrow. Do as LeAnn, look forward to a great reunion some day.

David Hill