Posted: Wed 1:27 PM, Mar 13, 2013
Funeral Home: Young Funeral Home, Auburn chapel
Jessie Westerfield Duer, 71, of Auburn, passed away Saturday, March 9, 2013, in Navarre, Fla., after a long, valiant struggle with cancer.
She was born Nov. 8, 1941, in Morgantown the daughter of the late James Oliver and Alva Isabelle Fishburn Westerfield. She was united in marriage to James Huffines Duer of Auburn, who preceded her in death on June 5, 2012, after 51 years of marriage. Mrs. Duer was also preceded in death by a grandson, John Taylor Arney; a brother, Robert Westerfield, and sisters Barbara Moore and Mary Alva Hinkle.
Mrs. Duer achieved licensure as one of the state’s first female paramedics and was the first paramedic in Logan County. During her career, she served as director of the Auburn Ambulance Service and applied her lifesaving skills at other ambulance services throughout the state, most notably at The Medical Center at Bowling Green and the Butler, Hartford and Logan County ambulance services. At the time of her death, she was serving her second of two consecutive terms as an Auburn City Council member. She was instrumental in the completion of the Auburn Senior Center scheduled to open Sunday. She graduated from Butler County High School and attended Western Kentucky University. She loved bridge club and quilts and enjoyed watching UK basketball and Gaither gospel concerts. She was a member of West End Church of Christ in Bowling Green and spent much of the last year in the care of family members in Florida.
She is survived by her children, Jamie Duer Arney and her husband, John, of Franklin, James Arthur Duer and his wife, Josephine, of Nashville, Olivia Duer Nelson and her husband, Keith Nelson, of Navarre; eight loving grandchildren, Morgan, Mary Patton, Payne and Madeline Arney of Franklin, Samuel and James Patrick Duer of Nashville, and Colin and Daschle Nelson of Navarre; her siblings, James Weldon Westerfield of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Kathryn Westerfield Brown and her husband, Ben Brown, of Quality, William E. Westerfield and his wife, Sandee, of Loveland, Ohio, and Sonja Westerfield Stewart of Lexington.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Young Funeral Home Auburn Chapel, with burial in Auburn Cemetery. The family will greet friends at a visitation from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a memorial contribution be made in Mrs. Duer’s name to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or to a fund to improve the Auburn City park and senior center. Local residents wishing to donate to the local improvement funds should contact Mrs. Claudia Jordan or Mrs. Virginia Wilson of Auburn.