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Obituary for Allison Sockler Duesing

March 1, 1957 - April 3, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 61

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Allison Doran Sockler Duesing passed away peacefully and without pain on April 3, 2018, after diligently combatting lung cancer for nearly six years. An undeserving victim of lung cancer, Allison never asked why but fought it daily with faith and medicine. Allison was fueled by faith in the Lord and the hope He instilled in her. She was blessed with a magnetic personality that attracted many friends from many backgrounds from childhood to death.
Allison was born March 1, 1957, in Tulsa, OK, lived with her family in St. Louis, MO, Tachikawa, Japan, and Dallas, TX, prior to their move to Beaumont, TX. She was in the last graduating class of Beaumont High School, received an undergraduate business degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and a master's business degree from Trinity University. Deciding to remain in San Antonio, Allison worked at National Bank of Commerce, and met her future husband, Tom, at the 1981 Battle of Flowers Parade. Allison and Tom were married on July 10, 1982. After having her first son, Allison paused her professional career and raised him and later her second son while working at Coker United Methodist Church Mothers' Day Out. After the boys were more independent, she became an instructor at San Antonio College and later became a founding faculty member at Northeast Lakeview College. Allison taught accounting at NLC until she could no longer work. During Allison's sickness, through her loving friends and family, she raised $40,000 for New Orleans Lung Force. Lung Force educates the public about lung cancer, COPD, and other respiratory diseases and helps fund cancer research. Allison grew up committed to Trinity United Methodist Church in Beaumont and joined St. Mark's Episcopal Church with her husband and son 32 years ago. She held numerous positions at St. Marks, which today is her extended family.
Allison is survived by her husband of almost 36 years, Tom, and two sons, Thomas (Carrie Hurd) of San Antonio, and David of Cambridge, MA, her father, David Sockler (Everett Carlton Durham) of Charleston, SC, and her precious grandson, Milo of San Antonio. Allison is also survived by her brother, Steven (Danice Phillippi) of Alpharetta, GA, seven nieces and nephews, four beautiful grand nephews, and several cousins. Allison was preceded in death by her mother, Margaret Johnson Sockler and her sister, Elizabeth Sockler.
In her final years, Allison received much love and care from her family doctor, her oncologists, pulmonologists, surgeon, PAs, NPs, RNs, LPNs, and even housekeepers. Even in her illness, Allison naturally sought to learn about each one's family and life. She remained proud of "her team" who remained dedicated to heal Allison of their own desire. Allison's family extends full gratitude toward these professionals and the Methodist Healthcare system.
Those who knew Allison can testify that she was indeed a model "good and faithful servant". So good and faithful, in fact, she received a promotion and was called up to the big leagues.
The family asks that any contributions in honor of Allison be made to the 2018 New Orleans Lung Force Walk: http://action.lung.org/site/TR?fr_id=17270. Services were held on Friday, April 6, 2018 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church.

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