Doris Wofford Armenaki passed away peacefully after a brief illness at Wesley Long Hospital on February 5th, 2013. She had been residing in skilled care at Friends Home West for the past 14 months after a lengthy hospitalization transitioned her from independent living at Friends Home Guilford for the past several years.
Doris was born in Cornelia, Georgia on November 3, 1923 to Millie Irvin Wofford and Franklin Wofford, who precede her in death. She lived there during childhood and graduated from Cornelia High School in 1940 and from North Georgia College, a predominantly male military school in 1942. From there, Doris began a journey into nursing that would take us through decades of the person most of us knew.
In 1943, Doris entered Georgia Baptist Hospital School of Nursing, now a part of Mercer University, where she began training. While there, she joined the Army Nurse Corps, which offered nurses training in return for six months of military or civilian service during the war. Doris completed her training and was sent to Kennedy General Hospital in Memphis Tennessee where she accepted a commission for the Army Nurse Corps . Doris remained in service as a second lieutenant, until separation, in November of 1946.
During 1946, Doris met and married, Thomas T Armenaki. They relocated to Atlanta, GA where Tom ran a tearoom and a food affiliation business which served the Georgia Institute of Technology. The Armenakis came in 1956 to live for 18 months in Greensboro before living in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Tennessee. Tom passed away in 1971 and Doris returned to Greensboro and enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she completed her BSN, in 1974. She went on to complete her MSN of clinical oncology at the University of Alabama in 1975 before she joined the faculty at UNC-G in the fall of 1975. She remained there as Assistant Professor Emerita until her retirement in 1992. During her tenure at UNC-G, her role as teacher, mentor, friend and advocate to the students, faculty and profession of nursing was well known. Doris served not only the local community but as Director of the Outreach BSN program for several years and her life touched many. She continued to serve, as a life long member of the UNC-G Alumni Association, a member of Sigma Theta Tau, honor society of Nursing, member of American Nurses Association and a recruiter for students to the nursing program and profession she loved so dearly.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents, Millie Irvin Wofford, Franklin Wofford; Thomas T. Armenaki, husband; Sara Loudermilk, sister; Irving Wofford, brother; George Wofford, brother; and Dr. Clifford Loudermilk, nephew.
She is survived by her great nieces, Mason Loudermilk, Athens, GA; Marti Loudermilk Garber (Charlie), TImberville, VA; Marin Loudermilk Felz (Charles), Ames, Iowa; and great-great nieces and nephews, Cliff, Clay, Quinn, Avery and Landon; Marsha Loudermilk Crowell, mother of great nieces; Marey Wofford, sister-in-law, Savannah, GA; great goddaughters Katie Nowak, Washington, DC; Julie Drinkard, Washington, DC; special friends John and Sue Drinkard, Greensboro, NC; Dr. Sandra Reed, Greensboro; Dr. Gerald Taylor, Winston Salem; Arledge Armenaki, nephew, Franklin, NC; Elizabeth Brown Couey (Brownie), Birmingham AL, her college roommate at Georgia Baptist School of Nursing and to whom Doris served as maid of honor at her wedding in 1945. They remained friends for more than 60 years. And to the faculty and administration of UNC-G, to whom she had extensive colleagues and friends.
There are numerous friends and former students across the United States that will fondly remember the special part Doris played in their lives.
In lieu of flowers, Doris requested memorials be made to UNC-G School of Nursing, UNC-G Alumnae Association and to the Shepherd's Center of Greensboro.
Hanes Lineberry is servicing the transfer from Greensboro to Whitfield Funeral Home in Cornelia, GA, where the family will have a private burial.
The family and friends would like to express their sincere and deep gratitude to the staff at both Friends Home Guilford and West for the care and attention Doris received during her residence.