Daisy Juanita (Rhude) Duke, 86, of Franklin, peacefully left this earth and was received by her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at Homeview Health and Rehabilitation in Franklin surrounded by friends and family singing her favorite song, “Jesus Is the Sweetest Name I Know.”
She was born Sept. 2, 1926, in Johnson County to Jennings Bryan Rhude and Lois (Smith) Rhude. She married Lloyd E. Duke on May 12, 1945, in Augusta, Ga. He preceded her in death on March 28, 1998.
She was a homemaker and had worked in the food service department of the Indiana Masonic Home in Franklin for seven years.
She was a 1945 graduate of Center Grove High School. She was a member of the Whiteland Church of Christ. She truly enjoyed spending time with her family and attending her church, fishing and gardening and was known for her green thumb. She left this life to go home.
Survivors include her children, Judy Lockard of Franklin, Morris Duke of Franklin, Merrill Duke (Dolly) of Greenwood, Loretta Roberts of Franklin, Pamela Harting (Russell) of Edinburgh, Sandra Miles (Steven) of Camby, and Randy Duke of Franklin; siblings, Elizabeth McCallie of Applington, Iowa, Reba McFarland of Indianapolis, Louise Whetten Edwardsburg, of Michigan, and Bryan Duke (Sonny) of Cloverdale; 12 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sons-in-law, Paul T. Roberts and Michael Lockard.
Ronnie Hewitt will conduct a service at 3 p.m. Friday at Whiteland Church of Christ, 6720 U.S. 31 North in Whiteland. Friends may call from 1 p.m. Friday until service time at the church. Burial will be in Bluff Creek Cemetery in the Center Grove area.
The family wishes to express special thanks to the St. Francis Cancer Center, Dr. Stephen E. Rubenstein of whom she adored, his nursing staff, Homeview Health and Rehabilitation, their caregivers, staff and loving personnel who always showed Daisy the utmost love and affection, and New Hope Hospice for their loving care.
Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center in Franklin is handling the arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.swartzmortuary.com.