Grace Branham Bohl Duncan, 89, of Rogue River, died Monday, January 15, 2007 at Royale Gardens Health & Rehabilitation Center.
Memorial services will be at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, January 20, 2007 at the Rogue River Assembly of God Church with Pastor Lorin Short officiating. Private interment was at Woodville Cemetery. Hull & Hull Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Rogue River Assembly of God Church, 270 West Evans Creek Rd., Rogue River, OR 97537.
She was born to William Kelsey Branham and Gena Mariah Tyler Branham in the copper mining town of Thatcher, Arizona on April 15, 1917. Her early childhood was spent in Miami and Globe, Arizona. She and her siblings were placed in an orphanage in Carson City, Nevada in 1924 when she was six years old and were left there for six years.
Grace and her brother and sister were returned to their mother in Jacksonville, Oregon where she finished her public education. She Married James Joseph Bohl in 1935 and reared four daughters alone after the death of her husband in 1946.
Her occupations included fruit packing, secretary of COPCO, and Recording Clerk at Jackson County Courthouse from which she retired after marring Robert (Bob) Avery Duncan on April 22, 1966. Together they started a successful printing business, which they sold when Bob retired from Kogap.
As a member of the Woodville Fine Arts Society, she won many awards for her oil and acrylic paintings. She traveled extensively in the Southwest after retirement, finally settling in Rogue River where Bob passed away in 1993. She was also a member of the Rogue River Assemble of God Church. She remained very active in church and charity work, making and donating hundreds of handmade quilts, hats and gloves to the Salvation Army and church outreach programs.
She enjoyed oil and acrylic painting, quilting, knitting, and crocheting.
She is survived by her sister, Mary Kainrad of Seattle, Washington; her four daughters, Betty Charlene Downing of Gold Hill, Oregon; Mary Louise Casey (John) of Stockton, California; Janet Elaine Keller (Lewis) of Jacksonville, Oregon; and Geraldine Grace Conway (Larry) of Marfa, Texas; eight grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.
Her parents, two brothers, William & Kelsie Branham; two husbands and numerous pets preceded her in death.
Grace is remembered for her generosity, love of life and beauty, and devotion to God. In the words of one of her granddaughters, “Grandma, you are the glue that holds this family together.” She may be gone, but never forgotten. She will forever be our ‘Amazing Grace’.