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Sally Witt Duncan

Obituary for Sally Witt Duncan

March 1, 1926 - January 24, 2019
San Antonio, Texas | Age 92


Sally Witt Duncan passed away on Thursday, January 24, 2019.

Sally was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend. She was born in San Antonio, Texas on March 1, 1926, to Robert Richard Witt and Harriet Means Witt, and had one older sister, Ellison Witt Phelps, deceased May 14, 2002. Sally grew up in newly-founded Terrell Hills and fondly recalled riding her horse through the then sparsely populated neighborhood. She was an accomplished horsewoman, earning numerous trophies and ribbons.
Sally's education was equally impressive: She attended St. Mary's Hall, graduated from Chatham Hall, Virginia, and after one year at the University of Texas, went to Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she graduated with a degree in physics.

After college, Sally lived in San Francisco, making her mark on the social scene there too. She appeared on the cover of Vogue Magazine, and was a model for, and favorite of Christian Dior who knew her personally. Her lively personality ensured that she made friends wherever she went.
Sally returned to San Antonio, and married Addison Baker Duncan Jr. from Waco, TX on January 31, 1953. They moved to Houston, where two sons were born; Addison Baker Duncan III, and Richard Witt Duncan. In 1961 the family moved to Virginia, to Woodberry Forest School where Sally's husband was Headmaster. Sally dedicated herself to the beautification of the school grounds, was a gracious and generous hostess for the school, and had her third son, Andrew Prescott Duncan. Throughout their married life, Sally dedicated herself to the support of her husband.

The family returned to Sally's beloved San Antonio in 1970 where they resided in Terrell Hills and resided for a time in the home Sally's father had built at 410 Elizabeth. In 2016 Sally and Baker moved to The Forum in Lincoln Heights. Sally loved her special friends "The Friday Girls"; Patsy Steves, Wister Kampmann, Emma Roy, Lolly Negley, and Dody Oppenheimer. Her church St. David's Episcopal, and her volunteer service at Christian Assistance Ministries where she worked for 30 years were also important missions for her. She was a passionate and talented gardener, loved to travel – particularly to England, and enjoyed her weekend and summer homes at Canyon Lake and Chautauqua, in Boulder, Colorado.

She will be greatly missed by her children and their spouses: Baker and Susan, Richard and Rose, and Andy and Laurel; ten grandchildren: Sadie, Addison, Adam, Witt, Avery, Nigel, Asher, Lucy, Natalie and Alexander; three great-grandchildren: Larkin, Ethan and Baker; and two nephews: John, and Robert Phelps and wife Janice. She was preceded in death by her husband.

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In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Christian Assistance Ministries (CAM).

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San Antonio, TX 78212
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