Louise Duke

Louise Duke

Louise Duke, 42, of Athena, died June 13, 2003, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Walla Walla, Wash.

She was born Feb. 24, 1961, in Eugene to Warren R. and Sharon (Olsen) Pritchard.

After graduating from Willamette High School in Eugene, she attended Eastern Oregon State College (now Eastern Oregon University) for a year before transferring to Lane Community College where she earned a licensed practical nursing degree.

After marrying Bill Duke in 1986, the couple moved to Joseph and Mrs. Duke worked at Wallowa Memorial Hospital. After moving to the Pendleton area, she continued to work in the medical field. She was involved in various youth activities including Little League, Partners in Education, and the Athena Elementary Reading Program. She loved life, her family, job, the outdoors and youth athletics.

Survivors include her husband, Bill Duke, and three sons, Jeff, Rob and Brian Duke, all at home in Athena; her mother and stepfather, Sharon and Jim Petree of Eugene; her father and stepmother, Warren and Lorraine Pritchard of Salem; a brother, Mike Pritchard of Lehi, Utah; three sisters, LaFern DeMolder of Neu-Anspach, Germany, Loreta Anderson of Eugene, and LaNola Ashley of San Jose, Calif.; a grandfather, Anton Olsen of Eugene; and various aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held June 17 with interment following at the Athena Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Weston-McEwen Scholarship Fund through the Weston-McEwen High School or the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home at 902 S. Main St., Milton-Freewater OR 97862.

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