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Lela Dukes

Lela Ione Pershin Dukes, daughter of Forest Pershin and Audrey Raynor Pershin, was born March 26, 1913 near New Market, Iowa and departed this life at her home at Ellston, Iowa on December 29, 2011 at the age of 98.
Lela graduated from Gravity High School and then attended teachers college at Red Oak. She taught school north of Ellston at the Dickson Country School.
Lela married Vincent Dukes on February 27, 1932. At that time, she decided to stay home and work on the farm and raise a family.
Family and friends meant everything to Lela. She was the neighborhood grandma to many. She enjoyed dancing, gardening and playing cards. Lela was a member of the Ellston United Methodist Church.
Lela is survived by five children oldest daughter Jane Lee Feeback (Jim) of Mount Ayr, IA, daughter Dorothy Burgher (Gary) of Kellerton, IA, daughter Doris Jean Redman of Mount Ayr, IA, son Joe Dean Dukes (Jan) of Ellston, IA, and daughter Donna Rae Greenland (Kevin) of Ellston, IA. Lela is also survived by sixteen grandchildren, twenty-five great-grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren; sister-in-law Phyllis Dukes and nieces and nephews.
Lela was preceded in death by husband Vincent in 1987, son Jimmy Dukes in 1972 and brothers Dale, Lee, Elbert and Mack Pershin.
A memorial fund has been established to HCI Care Services in Mount Ayr, Iowa.

  • Visitation

    December 30, 2011
    12:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Family Present

    December 30, 2011
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Memorial Service

    December 31, 2011
    10:00 AM

    United Methodist Church

    Ellston, IA

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Lela was my bonus grandmother. Her family is intermingled with mine by marriage and love. Lela alway was there to provide help and love to everyone in her circle and reached beyond to those in need. She was a very special person and I am sure God is happy to have her home.

Posted by Chris Huff - Dexter, IA - Friend   February 17, 2012

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I''m so sorry to hear about Lela''s passing. I will always remember our long talks and the many sleep overs. I always loved being at your house and feeling like part of the family. Even after all these years of living so far away, she still made me feel loved. I will miss her and the letters she wrote keeping me up with what everyone was doing.
I send my love and prayers to all of you!!

Posted by Kim Huff Haak - Lynden, WA - Friend   January 01, 2012

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I have fond memories of Lela. As a child, I looked forward to the "threashing crew" going to Vince and Lela''s. Loved her iced tea. Lela and Donna were the only ones that called me by both names as my Mother. Our sympathy Lgoes out to all the family.
Lloyd & Kay Drake

Posted by Kay Drake - Tingley, IA   January 01, 2012

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I always enjoyed this great and fun lady! I shall never forget the fun we had at the dances when she and Vincent would dance for hours to my organ music. I loved to visit with her and hear about the fun things she was always doing with her family! She had such a beautiful spirit that was just so infectious to those who were priviledged to be in her presence. May those memories sustain you in this time of grief. I shall keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Jane Thomas - Mt Ayr, IA   January 01, 2012

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

She was a very special lady, treasure all the memories you have shared over the years. You were so lucky to have her with you all this time. I remember every time she saw us or Spence she would remind him of being his "pool partner" when he was a kid. Make God Bless You All in this time of loss and sorrow.

Posted by Curt and Sue Jones - Ellston, IA - Friend and Neighbor   December 31, 2011

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Thinking of all of you, Lela was a grand lady. She would help anyone and always had a postive attitude. She will be missed by many but left alot of great memories to be cherished for years to come.

Posted by Carol Wortman - Shannon City, IA - Friend of the family   December 30, 2011

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Lela was "family" to an untold number of us--to some, "Aunt Lela," to the next generation, "Gr''ma Dukes." We are all beneficiaries of her huge heart, encouraging words, her wit, and her helping hands. To her kids, grands, and greats: you were SO blessed to have such a lovely lady in your midst for so many precious years. Enjoy the memories!

Posted by Marian England Jennings - Mt. Ayr - Glad to have been a friend   December 30, 2011

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

My husband was helping my father paint Lela and Vincents house on my wedding day. We showered at Lela''s .....the only running water in town. It''s like losing my own mother. Kay

Posted by Mary Kay Fay McGougan - Kerrville, TX - family friend   December 30, 2011

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Just wanted to let all of you know that we are thinking of you. The first word that comes to mind when I think of Lela is "Spunky" and that she was. She will be missed.

Posted by Alan and Lois Ibbotson - Tingley, IA - Friend   December 30, 2011

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I recall at a very young age, eating breakfast at the Dukes table. Jimmy, Joe Dean, Donna Rae, Greg and Clyde Feeback and perhaps another kid was there( maybe that would have been Doris Jean). Shredded wheat ( lagre baled hay) and eggs and bacon. Lela Dukes has been around my entire life. She will be dearly missed.

Posted by Steve O''Grady - Bloomfield, IA - friend   December 30, 2011

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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