Palma Wick Duea

Obituaries in Ames, IA | Story City Herald
Obituaries in Ames, IA | Story City Herald

Palma Wick Duea

July 7, 1928 – October 29, 2021

Palma Wick Duea, devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away on October 29, 2021 at the age of 93. Palma was born in Gilbert, Iowa to Gerhart John Wick and Hazel Satre Wick.

After graduating from Story City High School she attended Iowa State University and later became a flight attendant for TWA. In 1949, Palma married the love of her life, Paul Duea and they were together for nearly 68 years.

Paul's career took the family to Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and finally Louisiana. Palma loved antiques and while living in Louisiana she opened the Grey Barn Antiques and Tea Room. She treasured the family trips to Norway and England, but as an avid fisherwoman, her favorites were the fishing trips to Northern Minnesota and Canada. She was proud to say she caught the largest lake trout.

Palma was always ready for the next adventure in her life. After Paul's retirement they moved to Iowa and spent 10 years as fulltime farmers. They moved to the gulf coast but were soon forced out by Katrina and spent the next 3 years in Texas. They again moved back to the gulf and spent their days together enjoying the views and sounds of the Mississippi coast.

The grandchildren will always remember the fun times spent with her playing cards, golf, board games, swimming, playing the piano, making up songs, trying to play the accordion, baking Christmas cookies, and getting to eat chocolate cake and ice cream anytime of the day.

Despite losing her sight to glaucoma, in her 80's, Palma continued living independently until the last 2 months when she moved to assisted living. She still enjoyed playing the piano, visiting with family and friends, caring for her cat and knitting beautiful afghans. Her strength and outlook on life has always been an inspiration to her family.

Palma is preceded in death by her husband Paul Edward Duea, her parents, and her sister Joann Mohn.

She is survived by her children, Martha Duea Cook of Huntsville, TX, Mary Duea Burns and husband Roy of Bush, LA, and Mark Edward Duea of Gulfport, MS. Grandchildren, Molly Burns of Covington, LA, Erin Garrison and husband Grant of Conroe, TX, and Roy Burns III and wife Margaret of Covington, LA. Great-grandchildren, Bo Garrison, Barrett Garrison, Roy Burns IV and Bolden Burns.

A family Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Palma will be buried in the Biloxi National Cemetery next to her beloved husband, Paul.

Memorials may be sent in Palma Wick Duea's name, to St. Petri Lutheran Church 804 Grand Ave., Story City, IA 50248 or The Humane Society of South Mississippi, 2615 25th Ave., Gulfport, MS 39501

Posted online on November 08, 2021

Published in Story City Herald

Obituaries in Ames, IA | Story City Herald
Obituaries in Ames, IA | Story City Herald

Palma Wick Duea

Palma Wick Duea

July 7, 1928 – October 29, 2021

Palma Wick Duea, devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away on October 29, 2021 at the age of 93. Palma was born in Gilbert, Iowa to Gerhart John Wick and Hazel Satre Wick.

After graduating from Story City High School she attended Iowa State University and later became a flight attendant for TWA. In 1949, Palma married the love of her life, Paul Duea and they were together for nearly 68 years.

Paul's career took the family to Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and finally Louisiana. Palma loved antiques and while living in Louisiana she opened the Grey Barn Antiques and Tea Room. She treasured the family trips to Norway and England, but as an avid fisherwoman, her favorites were the fishing trips to Northern Minnesota and Canada. She was proud to say she caught the largest lake trout.

Palma was always ready for the next adventure in her life. After Paul's retirement they moved to Iowa and spent 10 years as fulltime farmers. They moved to the gulf coast but were soon forced out by Katrina and spent the next 3 years in Texas. They again moved back to the gulf and spent their days together enjoying the views and sounds of the Mississippi coast.

The grandchildren will always remember the fun times spent with her playing cards, golf, board games, swimming, playing the piano, making up songs, trying to play the accordion, baking Christmas cookies, and getting to eat chocolate cake and ice cream anytime of the day.

Despite losing her sight to glaucoma, in her 80's, Palma continued living independently until the last 2 months when she moved to assisted living. She still enjoyed playing the piano, visiting with family and friends, caring for her cat and knitting beautiful afghans. Her strength and outlook on life has always been an inspiration to her family.

Palma is preceded in death by her husband Paul Edward Duea, her parents, and her sister Joann Mohn.

She is survived by her children, Martha Duea Cook of Huntsville, TX, Mary Duea Burns and husband Roy of Bush, LA, and Mark Edward Duea of Gulfport, MS. Grandchildren, Molly Burns of Covington, LA, Erin Garrison and husband Grant of Conroe, TX, and Roy Burns III and wife Margaret of Covington, LA. Great-grandchildren, Bo Garrison, Barrett Garrison, Roy Burns IV and Bolden Burns.

A family Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Palma will be buried in the Biloxi National Cemetery next to her beloved husband, Paul.

Memorials may be sent in Palma Wick Duea's name, to St. Petri Lutheran Church 804 Grand Ave., Story City, IA 50248 or The Humane Society of South Mississippi, 2615 25th Ave., Gulfport, MS 39501

Posted online on November 08, 2021

Published in Story City Herald