Duncan, Holly Ione

November 03, 1939 ~ October 21, 2021

DUNCAN, Holly Ione – It is with deeply saddened hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Holly Ione Duncan (nee Phillips) on October 21st, just thirteen days before her 82nd birthday. We are forever thankful for the opportunity to have been loved by such a kind hearted mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Holly was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. She spent her younger years growing up in the town of Petrolia, and often told us how she had to walk from the east end to the west end, either to go to school or to work at Tobias’. Holly ventured out of town with her best friend and husband, John, to try out life on the farm. John was able to convert Holly to living out in the country and together they created many wonderful memories raising their family. Holly enjoyed road trips in the motor home, drives along the river and stops for ice cream – particularly strawberry flavour. Anyone who knew her could tell you that her favourite colour was pink, and only she could pull off painting the kitchen fuchsia. She always found her way to Sunday morning church service and especially enjoyed bible study group. She loved music, and could often be found dancing along to her favourite tunes. Her quick wit always guaranteed to put a smile on your face and she was one of the most caring individuals we had the pleasure of having in our lives. Family was dear to Holly’s heart, and whether it was a card hand delivered to your doorstep or an extra kiss on the cheek, she always found a way to make each of us feel loved. We know she will be smiling, and pass on a hello from all of us, as she reunites with her loving husband of 58 years, John Duncan. Holly is the devoted mother to Mike (Cathy) Unsworth, Reg (Lisa) Duncan, Rod Duncan, Wendy (Rick) O’Hara, Kevin (Jenny) Duncan and Kayleen (Pete) Clubb. Grandma to Derek, Danny, David (Sabrina) and the late Chad Unsworth, Meghan and Tabitha Duncan and Jacob and Jessica Munday, Jason (Christie) and Nicole (Josh) Duncan, Janessa (Matt) and Jaelyn O’Hara and Duncan and Eric Clubb. Great grandma to Kaylyn, Ava, Autumn, Austin, Rylee and Jameson. Holly is survived by her brother, and great friend, Randy (Vinetta) Phillips and by sibling in laws Jackie (Sam) Kay, Rick (Cheska) Duncan, Alice Duncan, Don Metcalfe and Kathy Duncan. Holly is predeceased by her parents, Harwood and Mabel Phillips (nee Young), and by siblings Barry Phillips and Paul (Sophie) Phillips and by sibling in laws Kenneth Duncan, Betty (Bill) Hackett, Don Duncan, Merlyn – ‘Pork’ (Ann) Duncan, Shirley Metcalfe, Jean (Bob) McDonald, Doug Duncan and Ralph Duncan. Holly leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins and cherished friends and neighbours who will miss her visits, warm smile and cheerful laugh. A heartfelt thanks to Dr. Leonard and the staff at CEE hospital of Petrolia for taking such wonderful care of Holly over the past week. A grateful thank you to Rev. Deanna Gibson from Brigden United Church for coming to visit Holly and taking the time to chat with her. We hope you know just how fond of you she was. As Holly would always tell us, it is never a goodbye – just a see you later.

Funeral Details
A private family visitation and service will take place at STEADMAN BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, Brigden with interment to follow at Hillsdale Cemetery, Petrolia.

Sympathy may be expressed through donation to C.E.E. Hospital Foundation ceehf.ca/ or Brigden United Church. (Cheques mailed to funeral home).


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  1. Sincere sympathy to all the Duncan family on the passing of Holly. We sure did enjoy many good times on our travels with Holly & John. All of you will have lots of good memories. Holly will be smiling to be with John again.
    Love & hugs from Marie Sheppard

  2. To Our deepest sympathy

    To Kay and Pete and family our deepest sympathy and condolences during this most difficult time in the loss.
    Thinking of you
    Ted and Sandy Shea

  3. To the entire Duncan families. my sincere sympathy to you on the passing of Holly. Such a sweet lady with a genuine smile. Hold tight to beautiful memories There will be many..Blessings to you all. hugs Mary Ann Clark.

  4. To Holly’s family, We have had the pleasure of worshipping and working along with Holly and John at Brigden UC for many years. They were both lovely people, always supportive and encouraging of what we were doing at BUC. It was very evident that they were a solid team, looking out for each other. I hope you are comforted by the fact that by God’s grace they are once again a team! We, alongside all their Church family, mourn the loss of both Holly and John today.

  5. Sending hugs and prayers to the family. Holly is going to missed, loved her smile and laughter, she was such a sweet gentle person, loved it when her and John would pop in on one of their rides, Rest In Peace you and John are together now.

  6. Condolences to the Duncan families. I was so very sorry to hear of the loss of you mother and grandmother. Thoughts and prayers to you all at this difficult time.

  7. Wendy, Kayleen and family.
    So sorry to hear about your mom. She was such a sweet woman who will be missed by so many. What a difficult time you have had over the last few months, take care in knowing that so many are thinking of you. Cherish and hold on tight to those beautiful memories.

  8. Wendy, Rick & the Duncan family,
    So sorry to hear of Holly’s passing. She was a kind and warm person always with a smile! Thinking of your family. She will live on in your wonderful memories.

  9. Dear Duncan Family,
    We are sorry for your loss. I remember being young and staying at the Duncan home. Holly was always smiling and laughing. Her kind spirit will always be remembered.
    Sincerest Condolences,
    Cindy Kramer and Miami Fader

  10. Mike, Cathy and family, and Duncan family, Very Sorry to hear about Holly. She always had a smile. Our Deepest Condolences.

  11. So very sorry for your loss Pete, Kayleen and family. She sounds like she was a amazing lady. You will have such great memories.

  12. Too Mike Cathy Derek Danny David and the rest of the Duncan family, sorry for your loss of mother grandma and great grandma. You are in my thoughts and prayers. A lady I didn’t know, heard alot about, and a legacy that I want. Never an ill word spoken about, in fact very highly refered too.

  13. Wendy – so sorry to hear about your Mom. I see you in her eyes in this picture. She sounds like a wonderful person. My sincere condolences.

  14. Bill and I are so very sorry to hear of Holly’s passing. She was a light in Bill’s eye when they went to the day program together especially when she danced. I’m sure that John was there to greet her.

  15. To All the Duncan Families. I got to know Holly this past year and a half and she was the sweetest lady you’d ever find . Holly loved to chat and dance . Holly always had a beautiful smile when seeing her. Holly enjoyed her family and talked about them often . Thinking of you all at this difficult time. Holly will be so happy to meet John with opened arms. Hugs to everyone of you xoxo Maureen Bailey