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1933 Elsie 2020

Elsie Mae Duke

December 20, 1933 — September 24, 2020

DURHAM- Mrs. Elsie Mae Drane Duke, 86, passed away on Thursday, September 24, 2020.

Mrs. Duke was born on December 20, 1933 to James and Kathleen Drane in Durham, North Carolina. Elsie retired from GTE/Verizon after 45 years. She was a member of the Bethesda Ruritan Club and attended Calvary Baptist Church. Elsie loved to paint, read, and garden. She enjoyed going to the beach and listening to blue grass music. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Mrs. Duke was preceded in death by her parents, James and Kathleen Drane, and her husband, Titus Duke.

Mrs. Duke is survived by her son, Thomas T. Duke (Christy); her daughter, Deborah Duke Kraus (Joe); grandchildren, Kevin Duke, Chris Duke, Elizabeth Duke, Jake Kraus, Rachel Kraus Kacie Reeder, and Chelcie Hansard; and five great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Duke, Jake Kraus, Wesley Parham, Keith Yancey and Caleb Hagwood.

Visitation will be held on Monday, September 28, 2020 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at Hudson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial to follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.

Flowers are acceptable and condolences can be made online at hudsonfuneralhome.com.

Hudson Funeral Home will be observing social distancing for visitation as well as the funeral service, and asks everyone in attendance to wear a mask when entering the building.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Elsie Mae Duke, please visit our flower store.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

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Thursday, September 29, 2022

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211 S Miami Blvd, Durham, NC 27703

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3712 Cheek Rd, Durham, NC 27704

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