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Mishele "Shele" Terese Duncan

June 10, 1971 ~ May 4, 2019 (age 47)

The Life and Legacy Of


Mishele “Shele” Terese Duncan was born on June 10, 1971, at Daniel Freeman Hospital in Inglewood, CA and departed this earth on May 4, 2019, at the age of 47.

Shele was the youngest child of Samuel Arthur and Shirley Ann Duncan who proceeded her in death, her dad on May 17, 2015 and her mom on January 2, 2017. She is survived by her children, Tia Capree Phillips, the twins, Kaleb Boyea and Kaden Marcel Tolefree, their dad, Anthwon Tolefree, two siblings, Anita Marcel Autrey and Daryl Duncan. Her favorite sibling, Samuel Boyea Duncan died on Easter Sunday, April 7, 1996, at the age of 35.

A musician and an instrumentalist, Mishele sang, could play any woodwind instrument, the piano and most keyboard instruments. As the drum major at Raytown South High School she directed the music, gave commands, led and conducted the band on the football field and in parades. Shele was also a member of both the choir and the Chorale. While attending Lincoln University, Jefferson City, MO, she performed with a lyric-opera. Mishele was one course shy from completing the Masters Program at Park College.

Shortly after Tia was born in 1993, Mishele started her career in “Jeff City” with the State of Missouri Lottery. However, many of you met Shele when she transferred back to Kansas City to the Department of Motor Vehicle and worked at the downtown Missouri State Office Building. Mishele helped everybody get their car registered, new tags and/or driver’s license renewed. From 2005 until her untimely death, she served as the Post Judgement Supervisor, Department of Criminal Records, Circuit County Court of Jackson County, Missouri.

Mishele was kind, soft-spoken, and sweet. Her family and community of friends will take care of and love her children in her absence.   

May 9, 2019
2:00 PM
Centennial United Methodist Church
1834 Woodland Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64108

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