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Wanda Wallace Duke, 79 passed away surrounded by her family, on Saturday March 9, 2013.

Wanda is preceded in death by her beloved husband of over 50 years, Edward Clifford Duke, the man she fell in love with at thirteen years of age. Also, preceding her in death were her parents, Clifford and Marguarite Wallace and her sister Barbara Wallace Posey. She leaves four children, Daphne Duke Vescovo (Mel), Sharon Duke Johnson (Travis) and William Britton "Brit" Duke II (Samantha) of Memphis, Tennessee and Mary Duke Hancock (Erik) of Charlotte, North Carolina. She also leaves five grandchildren, Rachael Helen Love (Kirk Brown), Edward Olen Johnson, Jessica Wallace Vescovo, Anna Genette Hancock, and Emily Louise Hancock, a brother, Walter "Butch" Wallace (Loretta) of Pensacola, Florida, six nieces and a nephew.

Wanda, "Duchess", as she was known to family and friends and her husband Edward were one of the founding members of Saint Louis Catholic Church and shared a great love of golf, regularly playing at Chickasaw Country Club and Memphis Country Club respectively. She was a five time winner and eight time runner up of the Memphis Ladies Golf Championship.

Wanda was an active member of the community and could have won the award for "Best Dressed" at any event that she attended. She was an active member of Madonna Circle, enjoyed fundraising for Christian Brothers University and Ave Maria foundation and regularly volunteered at The Church Health Center and other charitable organizations.

The visitation will be at 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 12 at Saint Louis Catholic Church with the funeral mass immediately following at 5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Saint Louis Catholic Church, The Church Health Center, Ave Maria, or the Charity of the donor's choice.

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