Anne Lucille Duffy (née Stanford), 89, passed away peacefully in her Green Township home June 1, 2020 in the care of her devoted children and Hospice of Cincinnati. Anne was born on July 10, 1930 in Laurel, MS to Leo and Sybil Lynch Stanford. She was the eldest of five children. Anne was a member of the first graduating class from the University of Mississippi School of Nursing in 1953. As part of her training in nursing, she traveled to Cincinnati, OH, where she met Thomas Duffy. In 1954, Anne and Tom were married in Biloxi, MS. They relocated to Cincinnati and raised five children together. Anne continued to work as a nurse and served as the Nursing Supervisor at Mother Margaret Hall for the Sisters of Charity for over 20 years. Family was of utmost importance to Anne. She supported Tom's work at the Duffy Real Estate Company and was a frequent volunteer at Mother of Mercy High School and St. Antoninus for her children. As a Girl Scout troop leader, she participated in fun camping trips and visits to places like Philadelphia, PA, and Washington DC. With patience and love, she taught her children to drive. Anne and Tom were married for over 50 years. They retired together to Clearwater, FL, but love for their children drew them back to Cincinnati as Tom's health declined. Anne was his loving caretaker through his long illness until he passed away in 2004. Anne continued to serve others through the Health Ministry at St. Ignatius of Loyola parish, where she was an active volunteer until 2015 when her own health interfered. In 2013, her contributions were recognized by the parish family with the Barbara J. Evans Matthew 25 Award.
Anne will always be remembered for her warm smile and sense of humor. Her laugh was infectious; once she started, everyone else couldn't help but laugh along with her. She was open to talking to anyone, anywhere, in an effort to brighten their day. One example is the fond memories her children have of Anne celebrating their milkman and egg delivery man when they retired. She had a generous heart and was always eager to help whoever needed her. Most of all, she loved having her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren around her. Her family brought her the most joy, and she remembered everything about the many various members of her large extended family. Even as her memory failed, Anne retained her joyful spirit.
Anne's lifelong dedication to being a servant of the Lord is an example for us of what it means to follow Jesus' words. If we who remain do just a small portion of what she did to serve others, our lives will be very well off.
Anne was the beloved wife of the late Thomas M. Duffy; loving mother of Kathleen (the late Mark Wagner) Duffy, Paula (Roger) Duffy-June, Carol (Steve) Pieper, Michael (Lorie) Duffy and Sheila (Marc) Sundstrom; devoted grandmother of Kimberly (Christopher) Wolfe, Kathleen (David Higgins) Pieper, Stephanie (Benjamin) Gerhardt, Allison June, Shane Duffy, Conner Duffy, Sara Rose Duffy, Joseph Davis, Timothy Davis, and the late Thomas June, and great grandmother of Willa and Anna Wolfe; dear sister of Mac (Sandra) Stanford, and sister-in-law of Alice Heilman. She is also survived by her many relatives of the Maddox, Fyffe, Thompson, Stanford, Duffy, Hudepohl, Ormond, Heilman, Flaherty, Hentz and Nolan families.
Services are private due to social distancing. Anne's funeral mass will be held at St. Ignatius of Loyola at 11:00am on Friday, June 5, and can be viewed live online here: https://sainti.org/church/worship/mass-schedule/watch-mass-online/
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
Jesuit International Missions
1010 N. Hooker Street
Chicago, IL 60642
(Please put on the lower left "For Fr. Kevin Flaherty")
St. Ignatius of Loyola Memorial Fund
5222 N. Bend Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45247