DUCKETT, Exia Marie

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Last Name
 
DUCKETT
Given Names
 
Exia Marie
AKA's
 
Marie Lawrence, Exia Maria Howard, Marie Rankin
Better known as
 
Date of Birth
 
1/20/1945
Age at Death
 
33
Place of Birth
 
Los Angeles, California
Residence (US)
 
San Francisco, California
Residence (JT)
 
Cottage 16
Residence (JT) Abbreviated
 
C16
Religion
 
Race
 
Black
Gender
 
Female
Information on __Source of Death
 
FBI document 89-4286-1302 (prepared 12/78)
Body Identification Number
 
Occupation outside __Peoples Temple
 
cook (PT occupation record); Marine biology (2nd PT occupation record); Fisheries, agricultural, refrigerator and mechanical repair (LJ memo)
Occupation inside __Peoples Temple
 
Government Income
 
Entry in Guyana
 
5/29/1977
Occupation at __Jonestown
 
Archery team (security) (FBI document 89-4286-1207); Teacher, Maintenance inspector (FBI document 89-4286-1552)
Birth Mother
 
Birth Father
 
Siblings
 
Partner
 
Robert Louis Rankin
Children
 
Jeanette Blugina Duckett aka Dee Dee Lawrence, Jeanette Harrell; Ronald Charles Duckett aka Nicky Lawrence; Nawab Lawrence; Jameel Regina Lawrence
Non-Temple Relatives
 
Family Tree
 
Discrepancies
 
Remembrances
 
“Although Exia Duckett was her legal name, in Peoples Temple she went by Marie Lawrence. Marie had had a very tough life. And, when she got to Guyana, she felt like she beat the odds. In the US, she had made a series of terrible decisions and often was not able to care for her children. When she joined Peoples Temple, she found the structure and tight-knit family around her to bring out her best. She was a very physical person, and loved working on heavy equipment doing heavy lifting and moving. In many ways, she met the challenges of Jonestown and really fell in love with it. She is one of the people I think of when I think of people who found themselves and took charge of their lives while in Peoples Temple. Marie was a born leader, and had a quick wit. She worked with total focus, and when she horsed around, she was fully in play mode. She had a beautiful smile and a wonderful deep laugh. She always spoke directly. She did not mince words. It was fun conversing and hanging out with Marie. She was a bit like a stick of dynamite, with the burn always going. She was fiery and quick, and on the move, and just entertaining. She was great to watch when she corralled her kids, who were also spunky. Marie was a wonderful example of someone whose life was better while she lived in Peoples Temple. She was a rising star. ” - Laura Johnston Kohl