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Ava Ann Brecheen Duncan

September 14, 1928 July 17, 2019
Ava Ann Brecheen Duncan
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Ava Ann Brecheen Duncan, born September 14, 1928 in Commerce, Texas, died July 17, 2019 in Houston. Also known as "Abie," she was the daughter of Ava Lee DeJernett and John Cameron Brecheen, and the granddaughter of Dr. W B. DeJernett, a pioneering physician in East Texas. As a teenager, Abie worked behind the candy counter at Commerce's movie theater, where she first discovered her love for Hershey bars. She graduated from East Texas State Teachers College (Texas A&M-Commerce) with a Master's Degree in Education. The years following were spent living in Ogden, Utah; Odessa (her happiest
times), Lubbock, and Seminole, Texas. One of her proudest moments occurred when she designed the new home that was built for her family in Seminole. In 1968, the family moved to Houston. Recently, she was a 25-year resident of the Meyerland area until Harvey forced her to move. Abie was a Sunday
School teacher and a Brownie Scout leader, and greatly enjoyed both roles. Her innate sense of curiosity led her to become "handy," a person who could fix anything. She loved gadgets and browsing hardware stores. She was most accomplished at fishing, a favorite sport. A lover of animals, Ava had a long string
of dogs and cats that she dearly loved. Telling stories of her childhood was a trademark, as was her collection of angels. Most important to her was her strong faith and belief in God. She loved God and all His wondrous creations. Her faith sustained her through many trials, including the loss of her son and her
ongoing medical challenges.

Ava was preceded in death by her parents; her three siblings, Nancy Grant, John Cameron Brecheen, Jr., and Norma Manning and husband, Joe; her son, Dave Pearce Duncan; and her former husband Louis "Fireball" Duncan. She is survived by her daughters, Sue Lindsey Duncan and Linda Marie McDaniel; her granddaughter, Lindsey Lee Gumz,, of Austin; nieces and nephews, Nancy Manning Reese, Joe Manning IV, Molly Manning Carpenter, Jim Lindsey Manning, Gay Grant Taylor and Sally Grant Tipton, as well as numerous grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Services will be at one o'clock, Saturday, July 20, 2019 at St. Philip's United Methodist Church, 5501 Beechnut St, Houston, TX 77096, with Reverend Lisa Callaway officiating. A reception will follow the service. A graveside service will be held at a later date in Commerce. If desired, memorial donations may be made to St. Philip's United Methodist Church.


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20

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1:00 PM 7/20/2019 1:00:00 PM
St. Phillip's United Methodist Church

5501 Beechnut St.
Houston, TX 77096

St. Phillip's United Methodist Church
5501 Beechnut St. Houston 77096 TX
United States
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