Sara Lea Duty

Sara Lea Duty

Sarah Lea Duty, 88, of Anna, died Sunday, June 2, 2024, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. 

She was born on July 20, 1935, in Cobden, the daughter of Claude Edward and Dessie Lea Casey Dillow. 

She married Donald Elbert Duty on June 25, 1952, in Jackson, Mo. He preceded her in death on May 15, 2023. 

She is survived by her children, Mitcheal (Renee) Duty of DeSoto and LaDonna (Roger) Johnson of Buncombe; grandchildren Michael Duty, James (Jessie) Duty, Alicia (Dylan) Duty, Leigh-Anne (Scott) Mitcheff and Karen (Kyle) Grant; great-grandchildren Amelia Alice Grace Gruny, Jayden Johnson, Julian Crippen, Ember, Lillian, Kaiya and Cain Mitcheff, Kylen (Nikki) Grant, Kalynn, Kollyn and Kaden Grant and Cain Briddick; other relatives and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald Elbert Duty; and five brothers, Clarence, Lester, Carl, Conrad and Raymond Eugene Dillow.

She will always be remembered as a loving wife, mother and granny to all of her grandchildren. 

She loved to cook and bake cakes. Anytime company was over, she was ready to feed them, whether they were hungry or not. 

She never shied away from work, there was always something to do on the farm. Sarah and Donald raised all sorts of animals, her favorites were her ducks and baby deer that she would bottle feed. 

Funeral services for Sarah Lea Duty will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 8, at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna, with Pastor Scott Foster officiating. Interment will follow in the Anna Cemetery in Anna. 

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday, June 7, at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.  

To view the obituary and to leave online condolences for the family, visit 

Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.

The Gazette-Democrat

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