Lena Duncan, age 60, of Whiterocks, passed away June 14, 2022, at her home.
She was born March 5, 1962 in Roosevelt, Utah to Clifford H. and Lupe LaRose Duncan.
Lena began her professional career at 25, working as a secretary for the Ute Indian Housing Authority, eventually becoming executive director. She then moved to Washington, DC to work for the National American Indian Housing Council overseeing national conventions and serving as an important advisor to NAIHC’s leadership. Her dedication, professionalism, and good humor made her a popular figure at NAIHC meetings and her years of hard work improved hundreds of tribal housing programs, making life better for thousands of Native families.
She enjoyed running, baking, and spending time with family, especially her granddaughter. She was a lover of animals, especially her cats. She had the kindest heart and was always willing to help anyone in need.
Lena was a member of the Episcopal Church and Native American Church.
She is survived by her brother, Baldwin Duncan, Whiterocks; sister, Rena (Serenis) Kanip, Neola; daughter, Carrie Cuch (Adel Bernoukh), Falls Church, Virginia; granddaughter, Eva Bernoukh; aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Cliftene M. Duncan and Dawn H. Duncan, and great niece Gabrielle Luperose Manzanares.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Elizabeth Episcopal Church in Whiterocks. A wake will be held after 4:00 p.m. on Monday at her home.
Burial will be in the Ouray-Tabbee Cemetery.