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Vera Inez Carswell Duckworth

Vera Inez Carswell Duckworth
  • May 2, 1931 - February 22, 2020
  • Hickory, North Carolina

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“So sorry to hear of Vera's passing. What a dear, sweet lady she was. I don't think I ever met her that she didn't have a smile. She was such a...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Teresa Bumgarner - Hickory, NC

“Jessica,I am so sorry about the loss of your grandmother. Your family will always hold a special place in my heart. ”
2 of 5 | Posted by: Kim Norris - Rocky Mount, NC

“Karen I cannot begin to tell you how sorry I am. My heart breaks for you. You and your dear family will be in my prayers. ”
3 of 5 | Posted by: Donna Epps - SC

“Grandma Vera was one of the kindest, most gentle souls I have ever had the privilege of knowing. I never see the color yellow without thinking of...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Hillary Faulk - Friend

“Vera was a very special lady. And friend. Enjoy working with her ”
5 of 5 | Posted by: Janet Weaver - Lenoir, NC

Vera Inez Carswell Duckworth, 88, of Hickory, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday, February 22, 2020 after a period of declining health.

Vera was born on May 2, 1931 in Burke County to the late Frank and Sudie Brittain Carswell. She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church Hildebran, where she enjoyed teaching children in Sunday School, singing in the choir and helping with Young at Heart. Vera worked in her sister's hosiery mill until the early 1980's when she began work at Drexel Heritage until retirement. Vera thoroughly enjoyed pitching for both the church softball team and the Drexel Heritage Industrial team, and only stopped at the age of 68 due to doctors orders. Vera was also a member of the Icard Township Ladies Auxiliary while her husband, Howard, served as a volunteer fireman. In her later years, Vera enjoyed working on many different types of crafts, gardening, singing with a ladies choir who visited those in nursing homes, spoiling her grandchildren and great-grand children, and sitting on the front porch watching cars go by as she worked her puzzles.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years Howard Ivey Duckworth Sr. and two sisters Florence Freeman and Mary Lou Abee.

Vera is survived by a son, Howard Ivey Duckworth Jr. "Butch" and wife Joy of Hickory, a daughter, Karen Duckworth Clark and husband Bryson of Hickory, five grandchildren, Jessica Duckworth Horne, William Duckworth(Kristin), Kari Beth Duckworth, Brooke Clark Ward(Jared) and Nicholas Clark; and great-grandchildren, Laiton, Branson, Nova and Colton Duckworth, Jon Ayden and Adam Horne and Jace Ward. Also surviving are dear cousins Ruby McMillin and Mary Hull.

The family would like to thank The Berkeley in Morganton, NC for their compassionate care and love shown to her during her last few months, and Medi Home Hospice Care of Newland.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at First Baptist Hildebran.

The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 4:00 pm at First Baptist Hildebran with Rev. Ronald Arndt officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
Those serving as pallbearers are Nicholas Clark, Branson, Laiton, and William Duckworth, Jon Ayden and Adam Horne, Randy Sain, and Jared Ward.

Memorials may be sent to the First Baptist Church Hildebran, Building Fund for Sanctuary Windows, P.O. Box 220, Hildebran, NC 28637.

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Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the Duckworth family.