Doris H. Musselwhite, 80, loved camping and NASCAR races

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Doris H. Musselwhite
Doris H. Musselwhite

Doris H. Musselwhite entered her heavenly home on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at Hospice & LifeCareCenter following a lengthy illness. She was born on February 23, 1936, to Edgar Stewart Harrell and Ada Mae Turner Harrell in Wilmington.

She married the love of her life, Robert T. ‘Bob’ Musselwhite Sr. on October 17, 1953. They were married for 62 years. They spent many wonderful years together. During her illness, he faithfully took care of her every need.

Doris graduated from New Hanover High School in 1954. She worked and raised her family until all children were in school. She then returned to school at Cape Fear Community College, where she received an LPN nursing degree. She retired from the New Hanover County Health Department after 20 years of service.

Some of her favorite things were camping out with her family and attending NASCAR races. She was an avid North Carolina Tarheels fan and rarely ever missed watching a game, even during her hospital stays, and as recently as last week.

She was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church and faithfully served until her illness prevented her from attending church. She was a compassionate, caring person who always put others needs as her top priority.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Frances H. Biggs.

Doris is survived by her husband; sons Robert ‘Bobby’ Jr. (Rhonda), Mike and Randall S. ‘Randy’ (Karen); daughter, Tina (Jay Tanenbaum); three grandchildren, Heather Fritz (Nate), Kelly Musselwhite and Stewart Musselwhite; two great-grandchildren, Ada Louise Fritz and Sadie Lee Fritz; two sisters, Edna H. Wells and Mildred H. Aldridge; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

A special thanks to all the many doctors and nurses who participated in her healthcare during the past several years.

A visitation will be held at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Home at 1 p.m. Monday, April 4, followed by a celebration of her life beginning at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Flowers are welcome, or donations may be made to your favorite charity.

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