Dorothy Jean (Tuell) Duncan

August 19, 1923 ~ March 25, 2020 (age 96)


Dorothy Jean Duncan (nee Tuell), of Newport News, VA died on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 after a short battle with cancer. She was 96.

Dorothy was born on August 19, 1923 to Clarence and Amanda Tuell in Brownstown, Indiana. She was the youngest of three sisters. She lived in Brownstown until approximately 1944 when she moved to Pueblo, Colorado where she met and married Lawrence Rijnovan. Lawrence served in World War II and continued to serve in the United States Air Force until he retired in Hampton, Virginia in 1965. This marriage took her around the world. She loved being an Officer’s wife. She served as a volunteer at the various bases where they were stationed. They were married for 55 years until his death in 1999. After being widowed for five years, she met and married Clifford Duncan. They were married for 12 years until he succumbed to cancer in 2015.

Dorothy is best remembered as a woman of faith and a humble follower of Jesus Christ. She belonged to a local church wherever she lived. Most recently, she attended church where she resided, The Arbors of Port Warwick. She was also known as a kind and loving soul to everyone she met. It was often said, “she never met a stranger!”

She is remembered with love by three daughters, Penny Huebsch (Jerome), Marsha (Mel) Renn, Debra (Bill) Lees, four grandchildren, Peter (Glynis) Jensen; Stephen P Linkous, Jr., Sean Linkous (Katy) and Jessica (Shane) Cox; seven great grandchildren and one great, great grand daughter. 

She is also remembered with love by three step children: Karen Duncan Pennington (Sam Benson); Harold Duncan (Carol); Donna (Ronald) Fonk. Five step grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. And one nephew, Paul Rodney Elstrod; her sister-in-love, Eleanora (James) Daly and her three children and numerous great nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her two sisters, Helen Elstrod and Esther Gunn and one nephew, Jack Elstrod.

There will be a private graveside service officiated by Jerry Bennett, Pastor for the Arbors of Port Warwick. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Please make any donations to your favorite charity in her honor. Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, Virginia is in charge of arrangements.












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