April 23, 1923-April 11, 2007
BENKELMAN -- Virginia M. Duke, 83, died Thursday (April 11, 2007), at Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman.
She was born April 23, 1923, in Otero County, Colo., to Harry P. and Edna (Wisiman) Jones and attended school near her home. She attended and graduated from high school in La Junta, Colo.
She lived for a short time in Oakley, Kan., and parts of Colorado before settling in Sharon Springs, Kan., where she lived until 2000, when she moved to Benkelman to be near her daughter, Carolyn.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Edna Jones; husbands, Edward Rains and Robert Duke; sons, Jeffrey Rains, Kenny Rains, Larry Rains; and one brother, Harry Jones.
Survivors include her daughters, Barbara Fischer of Wilson, Kan., Cathy John and husband, Terry, of Henley, Kan., andCarolyn Graham of Benkelman; brother, Morgan Jones of Cheraw, Colo.; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
No local services are planned at this time. A memorial service to celebrate her life will take place in Sharon Springs at a later time.
Arrangements are under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.