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Sally Duke George

July 7, 1934 — December 3, 2023



Sally Duke George (7-7-1934, died 12-3-23) was born in Nashville, Tennessee, to Raphael and Louise Duke. She spent her childhood there, along with her sister Mary. She attended the University of Kentucky, where she met William George, her future husband and jazz musician. They married on 11-27-53, and later moved to Northern Kentucky, settling in Erlanger. After having four children, Sally went back to finish her education at Thomas More College, earning a degree  in Elementary Education. She taught fifth grade for her whole career in the Erlanger-Elsmere school district. During the summers she traveled with her family to many places in the US, finally choosing the Boothbay Region in Maine where the family returned each year. She and Bill cruised the coast of Maine for several years, and  she enjoyed seeing and nurturing her children and grandchildren during those summers. She and Bill also travelled to Europe and Mexico, before discovering the city of Saint Augustine, where they spent the winter months until travel became too difficult. Generous, fiercely intelligent and devoted to her family, Sally was preceded in death by William (6-12-16), her husband of 63 years and great granddaughter Adeline (1-15-17). After Bill’s death, she moved to the Chicago area, to be close to her daughter Alice. She is survived by her four children, Paul (Sheri), Alice (Shawn), Leah (Jeff), and Sarah (James) plus seven grandchildren: Alex (Angie), Kyle, Sam, Sally, Madelyn, Clay and Claudia. In addition she had three great grandchildren, Theo, William, and Eliza. The family is having a private memorial. Gifts in honor of Sally can be made to the Boothbay Region Land Trust at

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