Robena Mae “Roe” <I>Formby</I> Duncan

Robena Mae “Roe” Formby Duncan

McAdoo, Dickens County, Texas, USA
Death 14 Jan 2009 (aged 87)
Richardson, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Burial Vernon, Wilbarger County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 33029789 · View Source
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Robena Formby Duncan, 87, passed away on January 14, 2009 in Richardson. She was born on October 19, 1921 in McAdoo to Marshall and Mae Formby. Mrs. Duncan was preceded in death by her husband, Frank L. Duncan, District Conservationist for the United States Department of Agriculture in Vernon.

She was a loving mother to five children, Franki Duncan Locke and husband Tom of Fort Worth, Carol Duncan Wright and husband Tim of Plano, Mary Duncan Burgess of Washington, D.C., Senator Robert Duncan of Lubbock, and Jill Duncan and husband Mike Powers of Austin.

Mrs. Duncan was a fun grandmother to her 12 grandchildren, Cheryle Locke Pingel of Fort Worth, Tim Locke and wife Misty of Fort Worth, Danielle Locke Smith of Fort Worth, Tony Wright and wife Kathy of Wylie, Greg Wright of Fort Worth, Timothy Wright and wife Christie of Plano, Flynt Burgess of Houston, Claire Burgess of Washington, D.C., Vanessa Burgess of Lubbock, Lindsey Duncan of Lubbock, Matthew Duncan of Lubbock, and Kelsey Hladic of Austin.

She was also blessed in her lifetime with five great-grandchildren, Chase, Adrienne and Zander Pingel of Fort Worth, Andie Smith of Fort Worth, and Nathan Wright of Wylie.

Mrs. Duncan was preceded in death by her brother, the former Senator Marshall Formby, and she remained close to his wife, Sharleen Formby. She grew up with her nephew, Clint Formby of Hereford, a celebrated radio broadcaster.

Much of her family history is intertwined with that of Texas Tech University. She was a student at the Lubbock University, where she met and later married her dear husband, Frank L. Duncan. They celebrated a marriage of more than half a century, 55 years, before he passed away. Mrs. Duncan later married Joe King, who had been her high school sweetheart. The couple moved to San Marcos and later Roaring Springs. She was residing in Richardson near her daughter, Carol, when she passed away.

Robena Formby Duncan was a lively spirit, even as her body slowed down with age and illness. She still took pleasure from the golf course, and her bright mind continued to delight her family and friends. Her love for the Lord, commitment to family, and loyalty to her friends will continue to be an inspiration. She will be deeply missed.

Visitation is scheduled from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, January 19, 2009 at the Sullivan Funeral Home, 1801 Houston Street, Vernon, TX 76384. A public service will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at the First United Methodist Church of Vernon, 3029 Wilbarger, Vernon, TX 76384. Internment will follow immediately after the service.

Donations may be made in memory of Robena Formby Duncan to the American Diabetes Association by mail to 2499 South Capital of Texas Highway, Suite A-204, Austin; or online at

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  • Created by: Janice Williams Langley
  • Added: 18 Jan 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 33029789
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Robena Mae “Roe” Formby Duncan (19 Oct 1921–14 Jan 2009), Find a Grave Memorial no. 33029789, citing Wilbarger Memorial Park, Vernon, Wilbarger County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Janice Williams Langley (contributor 46826182) .