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Janice Marie Duncan

May 5, 1945 July 9, 2018
Janice Marie Duncan
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Dr. Janice (Jan) Marie Duncan, PhD, passed from this life at age 73 early Monday July 9 at University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri following a brief illness. Janice was born May 5, 1945 in Rolla, to the late Oscar Lloyd and Alice Mae (Perrot) Duncan. She attended Rolla Public Schools. Following graduation from MIZZOU with bachelor degree in education and a master degree in French she entered a life-long career instructing foreign languages - French and German. She joined the faculty of Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar Missouri in 1969 instructing there for 14 years. She earned a PhD in French Literature from the University of Nebraska where authoring published papers in the process. She instructed foreign languages at Northeastern Oklahoma Baptist University in Tahlequah OK followed by instructing at Ouachita University in Arkadelphia Arkansas. She loved working with her students and really loved her many dear colleagues and friends. Upon retirement in 2012, she returned to Rolla where she cared for her mother Alice, until her passing in November 2016.

Janice's great passion was travel, especially to Europe where she lead a number of student groups during study abroad semester breaks. She was a voracious reader and a fine conversationalist. She delighted in participation in social gatherings of family and friends especially Christmas, reunions, and leisurely group breakfasts on Saturday mornings. She was a caring Christian attending the First Baptist Church and later Macedonia Baptist Church.

She is survived by three brothers: Jerald Duncan and wife Louise; Kenneth Duncan and wife Sharon; and Keith Duncan and wife Nancy; all of Rolla. She is also survived by six nephews and three nieces: Mike Duncan and wife Pat; Troy Duncan and wife Kathy; Kenny Duncan and wife Dana; Brad Duncan and friend Carla; and Gary Duncan, all of Rolla; Ron Duncan and wife Randi of Columbia SC; three nieces: Bonnie Giesler and husband Tim of Springfield MO; Stephanie Adams and husband Brian of Wildwood MO; and Maggie Duncan of Rolla. She is also survived by numerous great nephews, nieces and cousins. She will be greatly missed her relatives and many friends.

A funeral service for Janice M. Duncan will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at the Null and Son Funeral Home in Rolla. Interment will follow in the Ozark Hills Memorial Gardens Cemetery. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, July 14 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Rolla Animal Shelter.


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