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On Thursday, April 20th of 2023, the world lost a caring and loving woman, Elizabeth Anne Duffey. Elizabeth was 67 and had been battling ill health for quite some time. Unfortunately, it was time for peace, and she passed while surrounded by her family.
Elizabeth was born to Jerry and Gloria (Maremont) Lapkin, on March 5, 1956. She came into this world as a beautiful person, both inside and out. Her childhood was not the best, but she always saw the best in people.
Gary was fortunate to meet this lovely person 50 years ago and married her 49 years ago this April 11th. Together, they raised two beautiful sons, Michael P. Duffey, who is a Chemist and Keith A. Duffey, who is a Master Electrician.
Their sons were in the Raytown South High School marching band. While competing, they would load buses at 7AM and didn’t get back until 4PM or later. When Liz found out about the exorbitant prices that the kids were being charged for unhealthy food, she said enough is enough. She coordinated with band parents and local merchants feeding those (120+) kids for the five or six trips each year, helping to keep costs low while eating healthier. After 5+ years the band awarded her a plaque Honoring “Momma D”.
Elizabeth continued this tradition of caring while her sons were at Northwest Missouri State University (Maryville), bringing home-made fudge for the band at every home game. She earned another endearing moniker of ‘Momma D, the Fudge Lady”.
Her main belief was that “Children will live up to your expectations”, and while those expectations were raised, she was always there to support and lift others to better themselves.
She may not be among us in body, but her expectations and inspirations will live on in each of us that she touched.
A memorial gathering will be held from 2:00pm -4:00pm on Monday, May 1, 2023 at Heartland Cremation and Burial Society, 6113 Blue Ridge Blvd Raytown, MO.