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Mary Bell 'Babe' Duffy

April 3, 1943 February 5, 2020
Mary Bell 'Babe' Duffy
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Obituary for Mary Bell 'Babe' Duffy

Mary Belle (Brown) Duffy
Master Sergeant, USA Retired

Mary surrendered to her battle with cancer on Feb. 5, 2020 at her home in St. Elmo.

Mary was the fifth child of John and Madge (Springman) Brown, born on April 3, 1943. She married Martin Davis in Indiana in 1962. They had 3 children Sherri, Kristy and Charles Martin and later divorced.

After working for the Army Reserves as a civilian for several years, she enlisted in 1974. In 1984 she went on active duty and remained until 1996. Mary earned many awards and was an honor graduate for every military school she attended.

Mary met her best friend and future husband on active duty in 1986. She and MSG Terry Duffy married in 1996. He survives.

In addition to her military career Mary worked at Western Union St. Louis and Deerpark Distributors Brownstown. She also operated a food concession for 30 years at numerous county fairs, festivals and events.

Mary and Terry adopted a variety of companions from shelters including Centralia Humane Society and Second Chance Animal Rescue Vandalia. Memorials can be made to those organizations.

Surviving siblings include Marilyn Calvert, Suzanne Immen, Jake Brown, Lewis Brown, Dorothy Whitlock, Jewel Brown and Janet VanSant. Preceding her in death were her parents and sisters Isabelle Brown, Georgia Childers, and Betty Lou Brown, and brothers William Brown and Robert Brown.

Interment and military rights were at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis Mo. on Feb. 13, 2020.

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Cemetery Details


Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery Final Resting Place

Address: 2900 Sheridan Rd
St. Louis, MO 63125

Address: 2900 Sheridan Rd St. Louis 63125 MO
United States

Memorial Contribution

Second Chance Animal Rescue

Vandalia, IL 62471
or a Veteran's Organization of the Donor's Choice

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