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Ella May Drinkard Duckworth died on Saturday, January 25, 2021. Born in Lynchburg, VA on October 15, 1926, she was the daughter of George Lawson Drinkard and Margaret Buch Drinkard. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Paul Frederick Duckworth. She is survived by her 3 children, Mary Sue Childress (Deak) of Lynchburg, Peggy Martin (Archie) of Tybee Island, GA, and son, Fred Duckworth (Kathy) of Richmond, VA, 6 grandchildren, Brent Childress (Bianca), Deak Childress (Megan), McLeish Martin (Kiri), Paul Duckworth, Eliza Duckworth, and Nick Duckworth. She is also survived by her 8 great-grandchildren, Isabella, Ava May, Annalisa, Dylan, Zoe, Lawson, Ella and Hazel.

Ella graduated from EC Glass High School and Flora MacDonald College (now St. Andrews University) in Red Springs, NC. She taught math at Linkhorne Middle School for over 20 years, and her favorite hobby was making pottery with all her “pottery friends”, first at the Fine Arts Center and after it closed at the Academy Center of the Arts, May Carter studio. These friends provided many hours of joy and were considered a treasured part of her extended family. She also volunteered at the VA Baptist Hospital Gift Shop until the loss of her sight forced her to give it up.

Ella was the 2nd baby to be baptized at Westminster Presbyterian Church and she loved to tell people that her mother and dad first took her to church when she was only two weeks old. Until this past year with the Covid 19 outbreak you could find her faithfully in “her” pew every Sunday.

As one of her dear neighbors so aptly put it, she was an honorary mama and nana to all of her neighbors, past and present. Her love of reading, pottery, quick wit and afternoon glass of wine were an example and inspiration to all of them for a well lived life.

Due to the Covid Pandemic, services will not be held until the late Spring/Summer. An announcement will be forthcoming. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her memory to either the Presbyterian Cemetery, 2020 Grace St., Lynchburg, VA 24504 or Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1022 Floyd St., Lynchburg, VA 24501

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Pete Smith

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April 9, 2021

My condolences to the family, and my thoughts to Ella, my 4th cousin who I didn't know or meet. I have only just discovered the link, while doing family history research, and Ella and I were related through her ancestors, the Keiths, from a tiny village in Angus, Scotland. I wanted to leave a message for you Ella as you look like somebody who left the world a better place.

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Lewis H Averett

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February 2, 2021

Ella was a wonderful teacher and person. I am so sorry to hear of her passing and offer my most sincere sympathy to the family.

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Ona Dowdy

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February 1, 2021

The Lynchburg Public Library Circulation Staff members were saddened to learn of the passing of Mrs. Duckworth. She was a sweet lady and a long time patron of the library. Our condolences to her family. Ona Dowdy Circulation Supervisor

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Nancy Blackwell

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January 31, 2021

I was one of Ella's "pottery friends" at the Academy. We had a fun group and Ella was a lively participant! She was a wonderful LADY, and I have missed her since moving from Lynchburg nearly 3 years ago. My condolences to her family. Rest in peace good person. Nancy Blackwell Midlothian, VA

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Nancy Young

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January 31, 2021

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, I was a young, inexperienced counselor at Linkhorne Middle School and I fondly remember having many helpful conversations with Ella in the teacher's lounge and other places around the school. I can't recall the specifics of the conversations but when I saw her obituary this morning in the paper I knew in my heart that a very special person is no longer with us. I extend my deepest sympathy for all who are saddened by her death.

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John Woolard

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January 30, 2021

Fred ....Love you my friend....and all in your family. And cheers to a wonderful matriarch of a special era and to a special family. Celebrate her life well...

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A.C.George

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January 30, 2021

Fred, The photo of you mother is beautiful! I’m certain she was a grand lady, much to celebrate! Very best to you! A.C.

 

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