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Doris Elizabeth McDuffie

September 28, 1940October 18, 2020
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Doris Elizabeth McDuffie was born on September 28, 1940 in Bladen County North Carolina to the late Roy W. McDuffie and Essie M. Guions McDuffie. Doris was called by God into her heavenly Home on Sunday, October 18, 2020.

Doris attended the public schools of Bladen County and graduated from Bladen Central High School in 1958. After many achievements and accomplishments from high school her potential was recognized and appreciated by her mentors and she was awarded a scholarship to attend Livingstone College of Salisbury, NC. Doris received her Bachelor of Science, graduating in May 1962. After graduating from Livingstone College, Doris started her teaching career in the state of Iowa. She later moved to New York where she taught a number of subjects from Physical Education to Business Courses for middle school students in Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY. Doris received a Masters degree from Columbia University – Teachers College, New York. Doris later received a Master’s of Science in Education Degree from Long Island University, Richard L. Conolly College, The Brooklyn Center. Doris’ career expanded over 30 plus years mentoring and educating throughout the Burroughs of New York. Upon her retirement in June1997, she returned to North Carolina and settled in her home in Raleigh to be amongst her loving family.

Doris confessed Christ at an early age and was a devoted Christian her entire life. An active member of Browns Creek A.M.E. Zion Church in Elizabethtown, NC before becoming a dedicated member of Body of Christ Church in Raleigh, NC. She was a dedicated servant at North Raleigh United Methodist Church, Raleigh, NC where she enjoyed participating in their Music Ministry. Other organizations to which she gave her time and services include: The Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., Livingstone College National Alumni Association Brooklyn – Queens Chapter and Raleigh-Wake Chapter, and the Livingstone National Alumni Association, Salisbury, NC. She was crowned Miss Alumni Livingstone College National Alumni Association in 1992-1993. She served on a number of boards and committees receiving numerous awards and accolades over her years. Doris loved to fellowship with family and her numerous circles of friends in New York, Bible Application Class (BAC), Silver Bells and Joy Group from North Raleigh United Methodist Church and friends of The Durant Trails Community where she resided.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents, Essie Mae and Roy McDuffie, and her brother, George Johnson. Cherishing her memories are her sister, Frances McKoy (Leandrews) of Hope Mills, NC, Sister-in-law, Ms. Pamela Johnson of Huntsville, AL, a very special life long friend, Juanita Raye Harper, of Columbia, MD and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Donations in Doris' honor may be made to RaleighWake Chapter/LCNAA, (119 Briar Rose Lane, Garner, NC, 27529), Duke Cancer Institute (http://www.dukecancerinstitute.org/donors), or the American Cancer Society (https://www.cancer.org/involved/donate.html)

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Kathy Aspenwall

October 22, 2020

Doris was a member of Silver Bells and I treasure the years I served as the director. Doris was always so willing to learn, try new things, share her faith, and be a positive influence to all around her. Many times she led our devotionals. Doris grew a great deal in her musical accomplishments even though she was humble about this. She was one of the few players that was willing to play any part. What I remember most is her living her Christianity. Doris was kind, thoughtful, caring, and a real inspiration to live as a Christian, not just say you are one. She was loved by all of us. While I'm no longer in that position, I will always remember our wonderful times together. Thank you, Doris, for being such a blessing to us! Kathy Aspenwall

Diane McKoy

October 22, 2020

During our last conversation via telephone Doris and I shared this:
Doris says, "Hilda although the Doctor says I have but a short while here, my last breath here will be my first breath in Heaven for sure."

CAROL PARKER

October 22, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss, and will miss Doris in our neighborhood. She was a very nice person and so accomplished. Let us know if we can help in any way.
Steve & Carol Parker at 8732 Courage Court

Kevin Dozier

October 21, 2020

Ms Doris was verse on many subjects but what made her eyes light up and bought that wonderful smile to her face was the deep discussion as it concerns the glory of our Lord. I imagine she is in His tender care now, till that day we meet again.

Deacon Kevin Dozier
BOCC Awana Ministry

John 14:27

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Donald Rush

October 21, 2020

"Aunt Doris" was not my biological aunt; however, she welcomed me into the family with open arms and embraced me like her other nieces and nephews. She even attended my wedding in 2013 and as you will see from the attached photo, was ecstatic to try out the photo booth at the reception. Over the years, we remained in touch via telephone or email and I was fortunate enough to visit her in Raleigh last summer along with my cousin, Sharday (her niece). We left her house with all kinds of treats, as she was always compelled to share the meals she would prepare. I am saddened to know she is no longer here physically, but so blessed in knowing she is now with the Father again. Rest well beloved aunt. Sending my love and condolences to the entire family from Geilenkirchen, Germany.

Phyllis O'Keef

October 21, 2020

This lovely lady, so full of grace and unconditional love, began ringing handbells under my direction at North Raleigh United Methodists Church. Through each weekly rehearsal, I—and the group were continually blessed by her, her warmth, her willingness to learn, try something new, her positive outlook and lovely smiling face. I feel sure that any who knew her, are saddened to learn of our loss, but rejoice in having known her and been in her presence.
Thank you, God, for dear Doris, a lovely Godly gift to humanity and us all.

Martha Nales

October 21, 2020

I was so sorry to hear of Doris' passing. We were in BAC together and I was in the bell choir ministry at NRUMC and loved to see Doris perform with the Silver Bells. She always had a smile on her face which brightened my day. I enjoyed reading about her life.
Your family is in my prayers and at the same time I am rejoicing that she is now in her Heavenly home (probably playing the bells with the angels) ~ Martha

Mary Lou Ervin

October 21, 2020

Doris loved the Lord and everyone she came in contact with. She will be missed.
Sorry for your lost, she loved her family and talked of you often.

Robert Price

October 20, 2020

Doris was our friend and good neighbor on Courage Court in Raleigh, NC. We admired her for her genuine warmth, intelligence, and humanity. Her wide life experience, deep religious faith and openness were refreshing.

We admire Doris' extended family for their loving care for her in the final chapter of her earthly life. Blessings be to all!

Bob and Phyllis Price



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