Barbara (Bobbie) Duke passed away peacefully on Monday, December 20, 2021 at Cedar Crest in Pompton Plains, NJ.
Born on March 5, 1924, Bobbie grew up in Fairport, NY. She met her loving husband, James B. Duke (deceased), while attending Russell Sage College in Troy, NY, having been on a blind date on April Fool’s Day.
Jim Duke graduated early as an officer in the US Navy, serving in the Pacific Theater during World War II. They married after the war on April 3, 1948, set up housekeeping in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey and raised their family of four girls there.
Throughout the 1960s and 1970s Bobbie travelled with Jim to Europe and Southeast Asia often conducting business and making friends. Although she loved Paris, Prague was her favorite city. Bobbie always wanted to use her award-winning typing and organization skills to work as an administrative assistant in a busy office and fulfilled that dream working for Brown-Fowler Realtors and the Nilson Agency.
She was active in the family church, Diamond Hill Community Church, and sang in the choir. From 1967 – 1971 she served as the president of Washington Rock Girl Scout Council.
After a business venture to Boulder, Colorado, the Dukes moved to Chatham. NJ and attended Stanley Congregational Church where Bobbie joined the choir and the bell choir as well.
In 1979 Jim and Bobbie bought “Ducks in a Row” on the Cape and spent summers there with their daughters and grandchildren who produced a play for family and friends for 10 years.
In 2003 the Dukes moved to Cedar Crest as some of the early residents. Bobbie organized a quilting group and volunteered three days a week as both a ticket seller and worker in the Treasure Chest. Of all her accomplishments, however, she was most proud of her four daughters: Linda, Teri Duke Kidd (Jim), Wendy D. O’Connor (Dennis) and Holly J. Carbonneau (Jay). She was blessed with seven grand-children and four great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are being handled by the M. John Scanlan Funeral Home in Pompton Plains. If you wish, please make a memorial contribution to the Staff Appreciation Fund at Cedar Crest, 1 Cedar Crest Drive, Pompton Plains, NJ 07444.
A Memorial Tree was planted for Barbara
We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at M John Scanlan Funeral Home