Marian Isabel Duff

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Marian Isabel Miller Duff, 84, of 1304 Briarcliff Road, Burlington died at Alamance Regional Medical Center on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 5:40 p.m. Born in Amherst, VA, she was the daughter of Napolean B. Miller and Annie Stinnett Miller, both deceased. Mrs. Duff graduated with honors in 1949 from Radford University with a B.S. degree in Education, English and Physical Education and received a minor in Social Science. She was a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority. At the 1998 Sigma Sigma Sigma 100th Anniversary Convention, she was selected as a "Centennial Woman of Distinction". There were approximately 65 women selected for this honor from a national membership of approximately 11, 000. Marian was a member of Front Street United Methodist Church where she was a member of the United Methodist Women and has held most offices. She was past member of the Administrative Board and member of the Builders Sunday School Class. She delivered audio tapes of Sunday Church Service to shut ins for the Tape Ministry and cheer bags for disabled church members and served on the Christmas church decorating committee. Mrs. Duff was very active in her community. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and past member and past president of the Burlington Civinette Club. Since 1963, she has been active in the Burlington Womans Club where she was past president and held all offices and club chairmanships several times. She has worked at the Womans Club Thrift Shop, at Camp Greenleaves, with the Senior Citizens Organization and with the High School Art Show. She volunteered to help with the United Way of Alamance County for 31 years and the Red Cross Bloodmobile for 26 years. Civic awards received by Marian are Burlington Woman of the Year by the Burlington Civitan Club in 1984, Honorary Lifetime Membership by The North Carolina Federation of Womans Clubs in 1991, Outstanding Volunteer Service for Individual Community Leadership by the Alamance County Community Council in 1992, N. C. Governor's Award for Outstanding Voluntary Service by the Honorable James Martin, Governor in 1992, N. C. Governor's Award for Outstanding Voluntary Service by the Honorable James Hunt, Governor in 1998, Senior Citizen of the Year by the Alamance County Community Council in 1998 and Alamance County Woman of the Year by the United Way of Alamance County in 1998. Marian enjoyed traveling, bridge, reading and needlepoint. In 1981, she wrote and published a personal family genealogy book on the Miller/Duff and related families. On February 4th, 1950, Marian married Herbert Lawrence Duff, Jr., who survives of their home. Other survivors include Sharon Duff Brengel of California and Lisa Duff Bright and husband Ed of Raleigh; two grandchildren, Christy Bright Austin and husband Chad and Stephen Philip Bright; a brother, Robert L. Miller of Winston-Salem; and a sister, Jean Miller Brooks of Richmond, VA. A graveside service will be held at 2 PM Saturday, February 16, 2013 at Old St. Luke's Church Cemetery, 14477 Benns Church Blvd, Smithfield, VA 23430. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Front Street United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 2597, Burlington, NC 27216

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