Doris Buffett
1928 - 2020
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Doris Buffett was a philanthropist who was the older sister of billionaire Warren Buffett and helped with his charitable giving efforts.

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Published in The Arizona Republic on Aug. 6, 2020.
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August 21, 2020
Doris Buffett at the Women and Girls Fund launch. <br />Photo courtesy of Tina Jackson photography
I am forever grateful to have shared so many good conversations with Doris. Her desire to impact those with the greatest need was inspiring.

Doris helped our community in so many ways – both big and small.

She gave to create programs for high school students to learn the art of philanthropy. She gave to support women who faced abuse from their partners. She gave to help those with mental illness have a place to stay. She gave to create homes for the homeless. She gave to support education-whether in prison or in high school. The list is endless. She did all of this without expecting anything in return.

I am thankful to have been a witness to her generosity and to have known the women of the Sunshine Lady Foundation who marched alongside her and made her vision a reality.

Teri McNally
Photo courtesy of Tina Jackson Photography


Teri McNally
Friend
August 20, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with the Buffett family and the wonderful ladies of the Sunshine Lady Foundation. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to personally get to know Doris and enjoyed our conversations on many topics including our shared passion for helping individuals on the Autism Spectrum. Doris, thru Mitty Beal and the Sunshine Lady Foundation, generously provided funding to create Mary Sunshine House, a program locating in Central, SC, named personally by Doris after her childhood nickname. Mary Sunshine House, when operational, will serve 45 adults on the Autism Spectrum by providing a wrap-around supervised program including apartments, educational day programs, vocational services, community activities and independent living services. Her kindness and spirit will live on thru Mary Sunshine House along with her compassion to give to others and help improve the lives of those in need. Doris will always be remembered for the grand lady she was as she begins her next journey. Thank you, Doris, and God Bless.
Lori Pendergraph, MSH Founder
Friend
August 19, 2020
I'll always be Thankful for Doris. I had seen her on Charlie Rose and realized how our early lives had been so much alike. It brought me to tears. I wrote a letter to her and she was kind enough to reply within a couple weeks. She said there were others like us. She referred to me as one of her Sorority. I never made it to the Fall luncheon, but I finally realized I wasn't alone. Thank you Doris Buffet. May you Rest in Peace
Barbara Curtis
Friend
August 17, 2020
This is such a tremendous loss. Long before higher education in prison was even known to more than a small handful of funders, Doris Buffett donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to keep programs around the country alive and thriving. She was completely unbureaucratic and relied entirely on her own judgment, along with a small handful of trusted colleagues, including especially the extraordinary Mitty Beal. After one weekend together in Rockport, Maine in 2007, she made a transformative gift to the Prison University Project that allowed us to move from being fiscally sponsored to becoming an independent nonprofit. Doris singlehandedly launched us as an organization. She said, you already know what you need to do; you just need the money to do it. Her attitude was completely no-nonsense and intuitive, and she had an incredible ability to make leaders feel supported, appreciated and encouraged. She also helped make possible the education of tens of thousands of incarcerated people all around the country.
Jody Lewen
Coworker
August 14, 2020
Doris had a significant positive impact on 100's of people. Her generosity provided incarcerated people an opportunity to earn an Associates Degree while incarcerated. I work for a community college inside a prison that was fortunate to receive funding from Doris. I remember her first trip to the penitentiary where she was funding an Associates degree, she meet with a small group of those men, one of the things she told them has stayed with me and shaped how I view our incarcerated students, she said something to the effect, “I’m often asked why I support education for incarcerated people, I see you as more than inmates, you are fathers, you are sons, you are brothers, you are husbands, all of you have an impact on other people, my contribution to your education is to help you be a better person”. Those aren’t her words exactly but something similar. She will be greatly missed.
Denise Kammers
Coworker
August 14, 2020
What an amazing woman she was. Our deepest condolences to the family. We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort the family during this difficult time.
August 12, 2020
The Salvation Army of Carteret County, NC sends our prayers and condolences to the family of Doris Buffett. We will always be grateful for her support, through her Sunshine Foundation. May God bless and keep you always, Ms. Buffett. The world is a better because of you.
Steven Oswald
Friend
August 12, 2020
I will miss Doris very much she wa
Lorraine Hustus
Friend
August 11, 2020
My very deepest condolences to the wonderful family of Doris Buffett.
My husband, Carl Lawrence, knew her brother, Warren, well and had
the deepest respect and admiration for the entire Buffett family. I
share his feelings, completely.
Sincerely,
Joan Lawrence
Joan Lawrence
Acquaintance
August 11, 2020
Alishia
August 10, 2020
What a great inspiration to us all. Thank you for being you!
August 10, 2020
I send sincere condolences to the Buffett family for your loss. Your loved one will be missed. May the God of tender mercies comfort you and give you strength.
Mary
Neighbor
August 10, 2020
May the memories carry you through this very difficult time.My condolences to the family. May God fulfill his promise of binding up the brokenhearted. (Isa 61:1.)
Jan Deer
August 9, 2020
I first met Doris years ago when she helped fund a playground at the elementary school where I was the principal. We continued to work together and she continued to help families throughout the community. I was honored to work with her and honored to call her a friend. I will miss the lunches at her house and the conversation we had about the world. We lost a great lady.
Mike Brown
Friend
August 9, 2020
Doris Buffett at Night of 1,000 Pies to raise funds for Empowerhouse in Fredericksburg, VA 2014
Kathy Anderson
Friend
August 9, 2020
Joe Rowe, Doris Buffett, Chris Rooney, Fredericksburg, VA
Kathy Anderson
Friend
August 9, 2020
Doris Buffett and Byron Glaser, Fredericksburg, VA
Kathy Anderson
Friend
August 9, 2020
My deepest condolences to Robin and your family. Your mom generously helped so many survivors of domestic violence in Fredericksburg and the surrounding area. She cared deeply for abuse survivors and made a huge difference through her gifts to support our sheltering facilities and work at Empowerhouse. Her legacy continues locally through the survivors who are awarded scholarships through her Women's Independent Scholarship Program and those who safely pass through our doors. She loved community and it was a pleasure to witness her delight in the community she inspired to action. May she rest in peace after living such a full and impactful life.
Kathy Anderson
Friend
August 8, 2020
Rest in Peace Doris may you live above the dome and waters in the above beautiful place and space and thank you for all your great charitable work.
Doris Robinson
Friend
August 8, 2020
My deepest sympathy to the "Buffett" family on the loss of Doris such a generous and gracious lady may the God of love and tender mercies comfort and sustain all of you in this painful period
KB
August 8, 2020
Sounds like a wonderful lady, just like her brother. Reading her obit brought tears to my eyes. Nice when you see there are wonderful, caring people in this world.
John Baltes
August 8, 2020
Condolences to Warren and family on the death of his sister. May her memory be a blessing as I know it must be for so many!
Brenda Honig
Teacher
August 7, 2020
When my dad told me some years ago that Doris Buffett lived in Carteret County, I really found that hard to believe! However, her generous philanthropy did, indeed, change the lives of many in that community and in innumerable other places as well. He and my mother lived in Morehead City the last 25 or so years of their life together and loved it—moving there from Trentwoods outside of New Bern. He never met Doris Buffett, to my knowledge, but they were contemporaries. He died in 2017 at almost 91. He spoke of her with great admiration and always admired the Buffetts. My sincere sympathy to the family of this kind woman who changed so many lives for the better.
Karen Hillman
August 7, 2020
Scott Chamberland
August 7, 2020
Deepest condolences to the Buffett Family, May the God of Tender Mercies comfort your grieving hearts with his loving kindness and peace as you mourn lose of Doris. Thank you for her loving generosity in helping others in the world.
BRY
August 7, 2020
May the God of all comfort be with you as a source of comfort and strength.
August 7, 2020
I will always be grateful to Ms. Buffett for helping me to finish my undergraduate degree. What a kind and generous woman. Much love.
Bonnie Blythe
August 7, 2020
A very good lady. I looked after her property in Camden for a number of years and we became friends. Many good memories. R.I.P.
Andrew East
Friend
August 7, 2020
What a great woman and landlady! She opened her doors to me while I was a student at GW over thirty years ago. Even then she was helping others. She got a kick out of life and quietly helped others along the way. What more can you ask of life? My condolences to the Buffett family. Sarah Davis McBride


Sarah McBride
Friend
August 7, 2020
I’ve heard about her brother but not Dorothy. Happiness in giving runs in the family. Sincere condolences to her family and those that were recipients of those gifts. She is resting in Gods memory.
JE Sowell
Teacher
August 7, 2020
My deepest condolences for the family of Doris Buffet for your loss, may the God of all comfort strengthen and comfort you during this most difficult time
Cas
August 7, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
leon robinson
August 7, 2020
Sincerest condolences to the Buffett family, so very sorry for your loss, may God give you comfort and strength as you go through this most difficult time.
August 7, 2020
I am deeply sorry to hear of the passing of this beautiful lady. She indeed had a beautiful and giving spirit. Many in Fredericksburg VA were recipients of her generosity. I had the pleasure of meeting her while serving on a board at Germanna Community College.
May she rest in peace. Her good works certainly are pleasing in God's sight.
Rev. Dr. Milton L. Branch, Sr.
Acquaintance
August 7, 2020
My condolences to Robin, Marshall, and Sydney. I have very fond memories of your mother. She was very kind.
David Gerber
Neighbor
August 7, 2020
Was a wonderful person who I never met, but someone who helped me in my time of need and someone I will not forget. Wish there where more people like her.
Dorothy Cwiklinski
August 6, 2020
My condolences go out to the entire Buffett family. Ms Doris was a kind and gentle soul and she is now with the Good Lord who will provide her with the Unconditional love that we all seek. Her kind nature is so admirable in a world that worships money more than our Lord Jesus Christ. Rest In Peace Ms Doris.
Gary Scurto
Friend
August 6, 2020
sister of a great man
Charlie Graham
Acquaintance
August 6, 2020
Condolences to the Buffet family
RIP Doris. You were/are highly
admired. Our Lord is waiting
for you, lovely lady.
August 6, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful Doris. Rest in peace.
Gosia Wallek
Acquaintance
August 6, 2020
Such a grand lady. It takes a special person to care for people in the manner that she gave. May God grant her peace and comfort as well as the family. I offer my sincere condolences.
Lindsey
August 6, 2020
Her legacy continues! Ms. Buffett was instrumental in opening a Boys & Girls Club in Morehead City, NC, named "The Sunshine Lady Club". Each day (preCOVID) more than 100 young people find a safe, happy, nurturing environment to support them. They have grown into college graduates, professionals, parents, and teachers. Each of them carries her legacy of generosity and joy! The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain will be forever grateful. Our thoughts and prayers are with the extended family as they mourn her loss and celebrate her remarkable life.
Kimberly Boyd
August 6, 2020
My condolences.
August 6, 2020
To everyone in the Buffett Family. I am so sorry to hear this sad tragic news two days later.
Warren, Oracle of Omaha hold strong! I hope you aren't in peril or in pain at all feeling this. You have done so much for the City of Omaha. This is sad news. Keep the Faith. Your sister was very awesome for what she did as well.

She is now entering the heavenly gates. R.I.P. Doris. You will be missed. The world's just lost a really good woman. God is waiting for her arrival for her wings.
Alex Diaz
Acquaintance
August 6, 2020
Thank you for all you did for the City of Fredericksburg in Virginia...your legacy and love lives on....RIP....
Carol Campbell
Friend
August 6, 2020
Doris Buffet was wise and generous. For years while I worked as an advisor with Project Self-Sufficiency, a program whose goal was to help single parents become self sufficient, we were able to apply for the Sunshine Lady, WISP scholarships for the single parents in our program. The application was thorough and seamless and the staff always cheerful and helpful. I am so grateful that Doris chose to use her inheritance to help change the lives of so many women.
Fran Richburg
Acquaintance
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