Mavis B. Lee McDuffie
July 20, 1932 – September 09, 2023
On September 09, 2023, Grandma Mavis departed for the great quilting party in the sky. She was born to Otis and Annie Pendergraft on July 20, 1932, in Macedonia, Iowa. She descended from many long lines of American pioneers and enjoyed a long life of love for her family. She grew up on a farm starting school at Macedonia, IA, and graduating High School in Henderson, Iowa, in 1949.
While growing up on her parents farm in her younger years, Grandma Mavis learned the art of quilting from her mother, Annie. She carried on the tradition of being a faithful “quilting gal” and wouldn’t let old age slow her down. Her quilts were beautiful works of art that she designed for each member of the family. She was also known for making caramels from scratch in her kitchen and her grandchildren would fight over them. Even at 90 years old, she stood in her daughter’s kitchen for hours at Christmastime preparing caramels for the family with enough for many to take home extra tins to last for weeks.
She was preceded in death by her late husband, David McDuffie. She is survived by her children, Elizabeth Lind, Janet Barnett, George Schinker, Joe Schinker, all of Nebraska, and Helen Danish of Florida. She is also survived by countless grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mavis McDuffie will be interred at the Macedonia Cemetery.