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Mary Lou Duncan, 70, of Murphy died Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at her residence. She was a native of Macon County, but had lived most of her life in Cherokee County. She was owner and operator of Duncan’s Beauty Shop. Mary Lou was a member of Tomotla Baptist Church.


She was the daughter of the late Clyde Gwin and Eulee Bertie Douthit Allen and the wife of the late Harold D. Duncan, who died January 15, 2006.  She was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Meredith Stalcup.


Surviving are her daughter, Jill Stalcup and husband, Mark of Murphy; a step-son, Harold Dean Duncan and wife, Karen of Bakersville, NC; and a grandson, Nickolas Stalcup.


Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM Thursday, November 29 in the Chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy with the Rev. Harold Stiles and Dr. Chester Jones officiating. Interment was in Old Martins Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers were Flip Watson, Eric Sneed, Dwayne Hogsed, and Larry, Lonnie, and Jason Stalcup. Honorary pallbearers were George Worley, Joey Reid, Robert Stillwell, Carl Auvil, Bobby Barton, Richard Pullium, Bob Temple, David Alverson, Royce Hughes, Jonathan Watson, Jerry Angel, Roy Pipes, and David Hatcher.


The family received friends from 12-1:45 Thursday afternoon at the Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy prior to the services.


The family requests memorials be made in memory of Mary Lou Duncan to the Old Martins Creek Cemetery, c/o Janet Stiles, 2299 Martins Creek Road, Murphy, NC 28906.


Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy in charge of all arrangements.

#11 Terri M Keating 2012-12-03 13:45
I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. I remember her from the beauty shop when I was a little girl. My mother was still going to her when she could for hair cuts. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Terri Matheson Keating
#10 Shannon D Robertson 2012-12-03 11:56
My thoughts and prayers are with you all...I think back to all the years spent at the beauty shop growing up with you and being made to feel part of the family and all our years of being so close...She was one of the most caring and giving women I knew and will always remember her smile and welcoming spirit...God Bless and remember if you guys need anything I am a phone call away. Hugs and much love to you all.
#9 Debbie/Steve McDonal 2012-12-01 13:00
Jill and Mark. I am so sorry to hear about Mary Lou. She was a wonderful lady. She will be missed by all that knew her. Remember all the good times that you have had together, and all those special memories that you all have made together and she will always be close... Love you,
#8 Marla Kephart 2012-11-29 08:28
Jill, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. I remember her so well from the beauty shop downtown. She was a sweet lady and I know that you will miss her so very much. May God keep you and your family and comfort you during this difficult time.
#7 Lea Cannon 2012-11-29 07:47
Jill and Mark I am so sorry for your loss. I have known Mary Lou for many years and worked with her at the beauty salon. She was a wonderful and caring person who will be greatly missed. May God give you peace, Lea
#6 Freda Coffey 2012-11-28 23:40
So sorry to hear of your Mothers home going My thoughts and Prayers are with you.The menories we have of our loved one is for ever in our heart .God Bless you.
#5 Emmett thompson 2012-11-28 20:57
Sorry to hear this.Mary Lou was good lady.She was well liked over on Duke street.She use'd do my Grandma's hair.May god be with you all.
#4 Libby Huffman 2012-11-28 19:36
Jill & Mark, My thoughts and prayers are with you. I have so many happy memories of Mary Lou and our years growing up in Nantahala. I know you will miss her so much. She was a kind, wonderful person.
#3 Roy & Betty Pipes 2012-11-28 15:45
Mark & Jill, Sorry about Marylou's passing. I know you'll miss her. We'll remember her in our prayers.
#2 vickie dockery 2012-11-28 13:41
Jill, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Your mom was a special lady and will be greatly missed.
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