Duncan Marks Century

Betty Ruth Duncan

Betty Ruth Duncan will celebrate her 100th birthday on Feb. 19.

She was born Feb. 19, 1918, in Hundred, daughter of Oscar and Ova Smith. She was one of 10 siblings raised in Greene County, Pa. She married Ralph Edwin Duncan on Feb. 11, 1935, in Littleton.

Duncan began her career as a seamstress for Stewart’s Department Store in Baltimore, Md. She went on to become the director in the dietary department of Springfield Hospital in Sykesville, Md. where she served for 19 years. In retirement, she dedicated her life to God and caring for those around her and making everyone in her presence feel special. She is a member of Centerville Presbyterian Church where she served as deacon for four years and has been very active in her family’s lives. At age 75, she went to work for the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, where she spent 14 years as a provider until age 89.

An inspiration to all, she has remained independent and in good health throughout her life and looks forward to turning 100. Today, she enjoys visits from her family and friends, and watching Fox News and football.

She has four children: Patty K. (Duane) Moore, Michael E. (Grace) Duncan, Deanna (Henry) Furman and Lynda J. Duncan. She has 10 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren.

Her family will host a party to celebrate the occasion at the Centerville Community Center.

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