Pernola Duckley, 98

Factory worker

October 21, 2006

Pernola F. Duckley, a retired factory worker and longtime active church member, died in her sleep Monday at her daughter's Baltimore home. She was 98.

She was born Pernola Farr in Spartanburg, S.C., the daughter of sharecroppers, and moved to Baltimore during her teenage years.

She was a machine operator and shop steward at Continental Can Co.'s East Baltimore plant for 30 years before retiring in 1964.

Mrs. Duckley, who had lived at Memorial Apartments for the past decade, had earlier been a longtime Rayner Avenue resident.

A member of Providence Baptist Church since 1941, Mrs. Duckley made crafts that were sold at fundraisers and also drove the church bus.

"She had a wonderful can-do attitude about things," said her daughter, Joyce Duckley Robinson, her only survivor. "She was also known for her beautiful garden and large tomatoes and string beans."

Mrs. Duckley liked to crochet and make dolls, which she gave to family and friends or donated to her church for sale. "She liked to cook and entertain, and she was best known for her Jewish apple cake," her daughter said.

She was married for 47 years to Albert Duckley, a Bethlehem Steel Corp. worker, who died in 1986.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Providence Baptist Church, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave.

Her only grandchild, Marcus Robinson, died in 2000.

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