Doris Simpson Linares Bufflap, 95, Tae Kwon Do brown belt who went hang gliding

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Doris Simpson Linares Bufflap died Oct. 18, 2015, at the age of 95.

Doris was born on Jan. 23, 1920, in Portsmouth, Virginia, to William and Willie Simpson. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Robert M. Simpson; and grandson, Scott Register. Doris was also preceded in death by her first and third husband, Lance Bufflap and her second husband and father of her children, Tony Linares.

Surviving are her daughter, Linda Linares, of Wilmington. Her surviving son, Bob Linares, along with his wife, Jill, their daughter, Rachael and their son, Jacob, all live in Georgia.

Doris had quite a full life. She was an executive secretary to lawyers and bankers and land developers. Upon her retirement, she filled her life with adventure and fun and education. She went white water rafting, hang gliding and both downhill and cross-country skiing. She played tennis and swam at the YMCA.

Doris performed in several Thalian Association productions in bit parts and was an extra in a couple of movies filmed here. The classes she took included American Sign Language, Tae Kwon Do (she got up to a brown belt!), tap dancing and small engine repair. Doris loved the outdoors and fed her special squirrels and birds, plus mowed her yard as long as she was able. She had certain flowering plants that she did not want bothered by anyone else who did her yard so she tied red ribbons to all of them as a warning.

There was never a dull moment with Doris around and the memories and stories will keep her precious memory alive forever. She really did want to outlive her mother, who died at age 101. But if that was not going to happen, she then wanted to simply go to sleep and not wake up, which is exactly what she did.

Special thanks to lifelong family friend, Lynne Kannaly, of Charlotte. She was like a second daughter to Doris as she was always there to listen to her complaints and she also shared in her joys. Dwayne Thomas was another special friend whom she thought the world of and valued his word and opinion over most others. Although she hated to go to doctors, the ones she was forced to go to were special to her, especially Jill Finnegan.

The family will have private graveside services and there will be a celebration of life service held at noon Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, at St. Jude MCC Church, 26th and Market Street, with a reception following.

In lieu of flowers, contributions would be appreciated to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physician’s Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401 or a charity of your choice.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.

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