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Marian Elizabeth Duke Jarrad

Marian Elizabeth Duke Jarrad was born Nov. 21, 1946, in Robstown, Texas, to Herbert Duke and Joyce Ehlers Duke. She gained her heavenly wings on Nov. 21 at the age of 75.

Marian grew up in Kingsville and spent her summers with her beloved Nana and cousins in Yorktown. She graduated from Kingsville High School, received a bachelor’s degree from Texas Lutheran College and received two master’s degrees from Southwest Texas State University. Marian raised four children with her former husband, Ray Simecek, in Seguin before beginning her career as an educator in Texas and Nevada. Some of her other passions included art, reading, fishing, antiquing and traveling with her adoring husband, Thomas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Joyce Duke, and her mother-in-law, Jane Jarrad. She is survived by her devoted husband of 22 years, Thomas Jarrad; daughter, Ashlie Cade; his sons, Chad Simecek and his wife Nicol, Brad Simecek, Tyler Simecek and his wife Tara; and six grandchildren – Cade and Colin Simecek, Tripp and Preston Cade and Ty and Teagan Simecek. She is also survived by numerous cousins and several fur babies.

Funeral Services for Marian will be held Saturday, Dec. 4, starting at 2 p.m. at Massey Funeral Home in Yorktown. A celebration of life will follow at the home of Sue Taylor at 506 W. 5th St., Yorktown.

Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial Giving, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

You may sign the online guest book at www.masseyfh.com

Services entrusted to Massey Funeral Home 361-564-2900.

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