DUCKETT, Exia Marie

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Last Name
Given Names
Exia Marie
Howard, Exia Marie
Lawrence, Marie
Rankin, Marie
Better known as
Date of Birth
Age at Death
Place of Birth
Los Angeles, California
Family Tree
  Duckett Family Tree
Birth Mother
Birth Father
Robert Louis Rankin
Jeanette Blugina Duckett aka Dee Dee Lawrence, Jeanette Harrell; Ronald Charles Duckett aka Nicky Lawrence; Nawab Lawrence; Jameel Regina Lawrence
Non-Temple Relatives
Body Identification Number
[Identified in Serial 1869] 16-F [Listed as "Howard, Marie"]
Burial Location
Evergreen Cemetery, Oakland, CA (columbarium)
Source of Death Information
FBI document 89-4286-1302 (prepared 12/78)
Entry into Guyana
Residence (US)
San Francisco, California
Residence (JT)
Cottage 16
Occupation in U.S./Skills, Talents & Interests
cook (RYMUR 89-4286-X-5-a-26h); Marine biology (2nd PT occupation record); Fisheries, agricultural, refrigerator and mechanical repair (LJ memo); LVN training, nurse's aide (RYMUR 89-4286-E-2-A-1wwww)
Occupation in Jonestown (Temple Records)
Health, Education, Science—Health Care Center, Sanitation (RYMUR 89-4286-C-7-h-4b); Family Services—Miscellaneous Services, Landscaping (RYMUR 89-4286-C-7-A-11); Public utilities (RYMUR 89-4286-E-2-A-1wwww)
Jonestown Roles (FBI Records)
archery team (Security) (FBI document 89-4286-1207); teacher, maintenance inspector (FBI document 89-4286-1552)
Government Income
“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