Jennie Lee Duncan

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Durango resident Jennie Lee Duncan died Monday, May 7, 2012, at Four Corners Health Care Center in Durango. She was 80. Ms. Duncan died of an infection that resulted from a fall and broken hip in April.

She was born to Oscar and Amelia Sittner on Feb. 2, 1932, in Montrose. Ms. Duncan grew up in Montrose and Ridgway. She often told stories of helping her father bring the cattle down off the mountain and helping him bring in the hay and other crops he raised.

Ms. Duncan lived in various places in Colorado, New Mexico and Montana.

She married George Nicks. The marriage later ended in divorce.

In the early 1960s, she moved to Durango with her son, Terry Nicks, and her parents. After moving here, she married L.B. Easter in Durango. The marriage later ended in divorce.

Mr. Sittner owned Wagon Wheel Liquors, and Ms. Duncan worked there for many years.

She also had businesses of her own at various times, including Mr. Terry’s, a bar where the Hampton Inn now is located, and a restaurant in Town Plaza before Oscar’s Cafe. She worked at several jobs in the area. Her last was at Peerless Tyre Co., where she worked in the 1980s and ’90s.

Her friends said she loved her life on the ranch in Ridgway growing up and life in general.

“Not many people knew that she was an awesome yodeler,” said her daughter, Gay Lynn Easter. “She used to yodel for her children and family.”

Ms. Duncan was preceded in death by her son, Terry Nicks.

She is survived by her daughter, Gay Lynn Easter, of Green Forest, Ark., and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Cremation has occurred. At her request, no services were held. At a later date, her ashes will be spread in Montana, where she loved to fish and camp when her children were young.