Margaret J. â??Pegâ? Dukes, 79, went to be with her savior, surrounded by her loving family in her home, April 23, 2013. It is with great sadness we say goodbye, but our hearts are also filled with joy in the knowledge that she is safe, healthy and whole in the arms of her Lord Jesus Christ.
She was born June 25, 1933, in Findlay, to the late Daniel and Edna Boalo Fox. She married the love of her life, beloved husband of 59 years Richard D. Dukes, on Nov. 21, 1954, who survives in Pandora.
Peg loved being a farmerâ??s wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her days were spent serving her Lord and caring for the people she loved. She was an avid reader, baker and cook, whose bookshelves were filled with novels and cookbooks. She loved trying new recipes and reading and cutting out recipes to share. She spent many hours in the kitchen cooking and baking for her family and friends. Her rose gardens flourished with her special care. Peg had the gift of hospitality, and loved to open her home for food, fellowship and laughter. During the Christmas season she hosted an open house for friends, family and neighbors because â??people just donâ??t get to visit anymore.â? She was a life member of Pleasant View United Methodist Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher for over 20 years.
Survivors include a son, Richard L. (Donna) Dukes, of Leipsic; daughters, Beth (John) Lee and Dana (Brian) Dukes-Norton, both of Pandora, and Judy Dukes, of Leipsic. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her greatest joy and blessing, 11 grandchildren include, Drew (Laura) Dukes, of Findlay, Derek Dukes, of Bluffton, Erin (Ben) Amstutz, of Tennessee, Megan (Eric) Wentz, of Gilboa, Amber, Nathan and Ryan Lee, of Pandora, Nick, Sydney and Samuel Norton, of Pandora, and Tylee Dukes, of Leipsic; seven great-grandchildren include, Lane Lee, Aubrey and Tucker Wentz, Kellen and Kayne Amstutz, and Grayson and Claire Dukes. She is also survived by her sister, Betty (Fox) Harpst; and sister-in-law, Cleo Fox.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Dan and James Fox; and sister-in-law, Mary Fox.
Peg will be remembered for her bravery, strength, love and faith. Her heart and mind always remained focused on those she loved.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Pleasant View United Methodist Church, Mount Cory. The Revs. David Havens and Jerry Lewis will officiate. Burial will be in Dukes Cemetery, Mount Cory.
Friends and family may call Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.
Memorial contributions may be made to the National Parkinsonâ??s Foundation.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at chiles-lamanfh.com.
Margaret J. â??Pegâ? Dukes