Doris E. Durrett, 87, homemaker active in the church

February 02, 2006

Doris E. Durrett, a homemaker who assisted her husband in his ministry, died of heart failure Saturday at a nursing home in Phoenix, Ariz. The former Milford Mill resident was 87.

She was born Doris Elizabeth White in Alexandria, Va., the daughter of a Methodist minister. She was raised in Baltimore and Washington, where she graduated from McKinley High School.

In 1941, she married the Rev. William C. Durrett, who led eight United Methodist churches in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Washington during his 50-year career.

After retiring in 1978 from Milford Mill United Methodist, the couple moved to Phoenix, where they became active members of Crossroads United Methodist Church.

Her husband died last year.

Plans for graveside services in Baltimore were incomplete yesterday.

Surviving are a son, William R. Durrett of Virginia Beach, Va.; a daughter, Norma Jean Femiano of Phoenix; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.

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