Doris Thompson, mother, Nana, sister, friend, passed away peacefully on July 13, 2021. She was known for being keenly interested in drawing and painting, and, especially in her younger years, loving to dance. Known affectionately as “Darcy,” “Darse Ann” or simply “Doris,” she lived her life enjoying taking in the beauty around her.
Doris was born and raised in Johnston County, and except for the time her dear husband Ransom served in the Army, she spent her entire life near her childhood home. After graduating from Glendale High School, Doris married Ransom at the tender age of 18. Four years later, the young couple had their first and only child. Doris attended Troutman’s Beauty School and was successful in learning all the latest haircuts and styles. After years in the cosmetology world, even owning her own salon, she became bored with having to tolerate mundane comb outs and teasing “up dos” from ages past. Thus, she switched gears and began her time in office management, first at a clothing store, then at Wang Laboratories. Upon retirement, she settled into being full-time wife to Ransom and Nana to her five grandsons. She had to become accustomed to air travel since her grandchildren were being raised in Texas. She was a good sport to do all that travelling, and she was a loving Nana.
Doris is preceded in death by her parents Ernest Narron and Cynthia Viola Harris Narron; her brother Hugh Narron; and her husband of 49 years Douglas Ransom Thompson. Doris is survived by daughter Cynthia Thompson Blackwell (husband Jeb); grandsons James (wife Julie), Ryan, Eric (wife Avery), Andrew and Philip; and sister Shirley Hansley. Doris is also survived by countless loved ones who have cared for her, even when she was certain she didn’t need it. We express many thanks to the White Oak Baptist Church community who continued to hold her close to the end.
We would like to express thanks to Sunrise of North Hills for their dignified care, especially to Terri and the caregivers of Reminiscence East. Thanks also to the WakeMed community for their excellent care. Finally, we are grateful for the loving kindness of the staff of Transitions Life Care of Raleigh.
There will be a service celebrating Doris’ life on Monday, July 19 at 11:00 am at White Oak Baptist Church, 13943 Buffalo Road, Clayton. Family visitation is at 10:00 am. Doris loved flowers, but, if preferred, please make donations in her memory to Transitions Life Care (250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607).
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