DURHAM - Doris Sellars Sorrell, 92, died Saturday at Croasdaile Pavilion. She was born Feb. 6, 1921, in Mebane, NC as one of six children to Julian and Minnie (Roney) Sellars. After studying music at Greensboro College she went to New York City to further her education at the New York School of Interior Decoration. Doris retired after 25 years from the University of North Carolina as the Director of the Interior Design Dept. In 1991 she was presented a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Alumni Assn. of Greensboro College. Throughout her life, Doris was a passionate and prolific gardener. Most recently she became known as the "flower lady" at Croasdaile Village, employing her talents in establishing the English garden, rose gardens and the Japanese garden. She was a longtime member of Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Surviving are her children, Jane Sorrell Walden of Durham and Fred Gordon Sorrell III of Costa Rica; her grandson, Geoffrey Sorrell of Waverly, AL; and sister, Catherine Sellars Green of Burlington. She was predeceased by her husband, Fred Sorrell Jr. in 1985.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday in the Few Chapel of Croasdaile Retirement Community. Private burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery. Donations in Doris' memory may be made to: Croasdaile Retirement Community, c/o Garden Fund, 2600 Croasdaile Farm Parkway, Durham NC 27705.
Arrangements are with Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Online memorials: hallwynne.com