Louellyn Pennington was born July 27, 1928 in Panhandle, Texas, daughter of Foy Henry Pennington and Wilda Slagle Pennington. The family later settled in Borger, Texas where Louellyn graduated from high school in 1945. In 1949 she graduated from West Texas State University in Canyon with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, Voice Performance. She married A. Bailey Duncan on October 30, 1949 at First Methodist Church in Borger.
Louellyn served in numerous Methodist (later United Methodist) churches over the next 35 years as wife of the pastor, Reverend Bailey Duncan. These include Marysville, Sivells Bend, Chico, Kemp, Roxton, Plymouth Park in Irving, Frisco, Henrietta, Ringgold, Centenary UMC in Pleasant Grove, Taylor, Thrall, Hubbard, Mt. Calm, Wortham, and Rio Vista. They retired to Hillsboro in 1984.
Throughout her life Louellyn was involved with numerous church and health-care volunteer organizations, among others. As a vocalist, she participated in church music ministry and choirs in most places where she lived and performed as soloist at countless weddings, funerals and other special and routine church events. A lady of impeccable integrity, she often acted as treasurer or bookkeeper for churches and volunteer organizations including United Methodist Women and its predecessor societies. She volunteered with the Hill Regional Hospital Auxiliary (“Pink Ladies”) and physical therapy center associated with the hospital for many years.
In 2011 Louellyn relocated to La Canada, California, to live with her children and grandchildren. Following a lengthy decline from dementia she died peacefully on June 1, 2018, in Pasadena, California, surrounded by family and caretakers.
Louellyn was pre-deceased by her mother and father, husband A. Bailey Duncan (1926-2000), and sister Narcidel Hoppe (1925-2009). She is survived by her son, Courtney B. Duncan and wife G. Viann Owens Duncan of La Canada, California; daughter, Wilda Lou Duncan and wife Elizabeth Ann Brave of San Diego, California; and three grandchildren: Viannah E. Duncan of Glen Burnie, Maryland; Katherine Louellyn Duncan Wallin and husband Andy Wallin of Fontana, California; and John Courtney Duncan and wife Dr. L ‘Trisha’ Kelley Duncan of Pasadena, California.
A tribute may be viewed at https://youtu.be/OJuvXU1dJFA
A graveside service at Panhandle Cemetery is planned for June 24, 2018 3:00 p.m.
The family suggests sending memorial contributions to Hill College, Office of Development, 112 Lamar Drive, Hillsboro, Texas 76645. On check, designate: Auxiliary Hill College Scholarship. Donations can also be made to the “Lewy Body Dementia Association” at https://www.lbda.org/node/add/campaign .