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Patricia Duffney

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Memorial services for Patricia Duffney, 72, of Spencer, were held Monday, Jan. 21, 2008, at Bethany Lutehran Church in Spencer. The Rev. Scott Meier officiated the service. Cremation is in lieu of a burial.

Patricia passed away Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008, at Longhouse Residence in Spencer.

Patricia Josephine Duffney, the daughter of Lloyd and Winifred (Sain) Peters, was born March 1, 1935, in Lincoln, NE. Her family moved to Mason City, IA, in September, 1938, where Patricia received her education, graduating in 1953. She attended a girl's school in Alton, Ill., on an art scholarship. During the following summer, she attended Mason City Junior College and received a teacher's certificate in August 1955. She taught in Reinbeck, Sigourney and Rudd, Rockford, Marble Rock and Alton schools.

On June 9, 1963, Patricia married Lloyd Duffney in Robbinsdale, Minn. They continued to teach at St. James Military School until the end of the summer of 1970, when they moved to Ada, Minn., where they lived until 1977 and she worked for the Minnesota Dept. of Human Services. Due to educational budget cuts in Minnesota, her husband received a full time teaching job in Nebraska and they moved to Indianola, Neb. They moved back to New Providence, to be house parents at Quakerdale. In 1981, they moved to Spencer, IA, when Pat was hired by Clay County Dept. of Human Services where she worked until her retirement in 1995. She moved to Longhouse Residence in 1998 due to failing health. Patricia was a member of the Bethany Lutheran Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Patricia is survived by her husband, Lloyd, of Spencer; two sons: David Duffney and Ed Duffney, and his fiance, Jill -- all of Spencer; one daughter, Erin Duffney of Sheldon; 11 grandchildren; and one sister, Sandra Horne of Grundy Center nursing home.

Warner Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.