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Nancy Kay Dukes

February 11, 1937 ~ December 24, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old

Nancy Dukes Obituary

Nancy Kay Dukes, 86, of Shelby, passed away Sunday, December 24, 2023. She was born February 11, 1937, the daughter of Roger and Ferrol (Bearss) Stevens.

Nancy married William “Bill” Dukes, August 20, 1952, and they settled in Shelby, later living near Stony Lake. After the youngest of their 6 children was in school, Nancy started college, working part time to pay tuition. She received an Associates of Arts from Muskegon Community College and later a Bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University.  She then taught elementary school for several years, first at Grace Lutheran in Muskegon and then in Green River, Wyoming where they had relocated for Bill’s work.

Nancy and Bill returned to Michigan after Bill's retirement and settled back in at Stony Lake.  It turned out Nancy wasn’t ready to retire, and she worked almost 20 years at Keehne Hardware.  She loved helping people, hearing about their families and what their latest projects were.   

You would never catch Nancy with a hair out of place or without her signature lipstick. She drank her coffee black and if it wasn’t coffee, it was a can of coke.  If a restaurant didn’t have Coke, no, Pepsi was not okay. Nancy was a lover of pizza and famous for her deviled eggs.

Nancy is survived by: her children, Roger Dukes, Norman (Delane) Dukes, Michaele (Chuck) Morgan, Kenneth (Jane) Dukes, and Jeffrey Dukes; 16 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; and sister Janice Dowling.

Nancy was preceded in death by: her husband, William; son, Matthew Dukes; daughter-in-law, DeAnne Dukes; grandchildren, Robbie Dutton Dukes, Kevin Ernst and Kimberly Snyder; and brothers, Robert Erickson and Douglas Erickson.

Memorial Service will be conducted at 11:00 AM, Saturday, February 10, 2024, at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 2087 North Water Road, Hart, MI 49420. The family will receive friends from Saturday, 10:00 AM until the time of services at the church.  

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Poppen Hospice House in Muskegon, Donate Now - Harbor Hospice (, or Our Savior Lutheran Church, 2087 North Water Rd, Hart, MI 49420.

The Harris Funeral Home, in Shelby, is handling arrangements

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February 10, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Our Savior Lutheran Church
2087 N. Water Road
Hart, MI 49420

Funeral Service
February 10, 2024

11:00 AM
Our Savior Lutheran Church
2087 N. Water Road
Hart, MI 49420


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