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Beverly Joyce Duncan

June 13, 1943 ~ December 19, 2018 (age 75)
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CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

June 13, 1943 - December 19, 2018

Beverly Joyce (Nagel) Duncan, 75, passed away on Wednesday, December 19, 2018. She is survived by her children, Jennifer, Craig, and Heather, granddaughter Jessie, her brothers James (Melody) Nagel and Dan (Donna) Nagel and several nieces and a nephew.

Beverly Duncan, daughter of Clara and Edwin Nagel was born in Los Angeles, CA. Oldest sister to brothers Jim and Dan, she attended high school in Twenty-Nine Palms and graduated in 1961. She married Sam Duncan in January of 1964 and graduated from LaVerne College the following year.

In 1969, Beverly, Sam, and their first child Jennifer, moved to Belgium for a year, preparatory to their move to Kimpese in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) the following year. They lived and worked in the DRC at the nearby university until 1979, under the auspices of the American Baptist Mission Center. Craig and then Heather were both born while the family was in the Congo.

While in the Congo, Beverly ran the household, made clothes for the family, and worked on arts and crafts with the children. She was kind-hearted to those in need, often going out of her way to help those she could.

Returning to the US in 1979, the Duncans lived in St. Louis, MO, until they were again approached by the American Baptist Mission Center to go to the Philippine Islands for Sam to teach at the Central Philippines University in Iloilo City, Panay Island. The family lived in the Philippines from 1981 until 1984. During those years, Beverly taught all three children at home using correspondence courses so that they could maintain their grade years for their eventual return to the US.

The family moved to Audubon, PA, in September 1984. Beverly worked in several departments at l.p.the American Baptist Mission Center in Valley Forge until around 2006. One of the projects that brought her the most pleasure was the Volunteer Skills Network, which connected volunteers with churches needing particular skills. She also did some work, including as an aide, in the Methacton School District.

Beverly enjoyed helping those she could, whether in the Congo, the Philippines, or the US. After her divorce in 1994, she often opened her home to others for a place to stay.

She enjoyed baking and during the holidays, she would prepare goodies for as many people as she could, whether neighbors, coworkers, friends, or family. Both daughters learned to bake from her - in fact, while in the Philippines, her daughter Jenn began baking weekly the family's bread supply.

The last few years of Beverly's life were spent in Charlotte, NC, where she lived with her son and spent time with her granddaughter.

There will be a memorial service for Beverly Duncan at the Royersford Baptist Church, located at 452 S. Lewis Rd, Royersford PA, on February 9 at 2 pm.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to UNICEF or to Doctors Without Borders.

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