November 24, 1929 ~ October 8, 2022

Born in: Rainbow Springs, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Doris Lefler Gidney, 92, of Asheville, NC, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022, at Givens Estates Health Center.

She was born in a logging camp in Rainbow Springs, NC on Nov. 24, 1929. Her father, Frank A. Lefler, was the foreman of a logging crew and her mother, Edna Ammons Lefler, was the camp cook during Doris’ youth.

During that time, Doris stayed with a Methodist minister and his wife, where Doris learned to read music, play the piano, and sing. Singing and music were a large part of her life and brought her tremendous joy.

After high school, Doris graduated from Cecil’s Business College and became a bookkeeper. Her work with the church led to her becoming a Church and Community Worker (CCW). With this and her accounting expertise, Doris became a Certified Financial Planner and after 18 years retired as Director of Deferred Giving for Global Ministries-Southeast. During this time, she traveled to all 50 states, five continents, and many countries.

Following her retirement, Doris served as an estate planner and public relations liaison for Brooks-Howell Home in Asheville. She did pro bono tax preparation for retired missionaries for many years.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents and two granddaughters: Kendra Jenkins and Christy Jenkins Blazer. In 1994 she married Raymond Ferell who survives her. She is also survived by her sister, Lois Lynn of Canton, NC; and three children with deceased husband Charles W. Gidney: Mark Gidney (Julia) of Frisco, CO; Laura Jenkins (Bill) of Candler, NC; and Maggie Tilley (Harold) of Boone and Asheville, NC; three stepchildren: Nicky Ventura (Tony) of Carbondale IL; Tim Ferell of Cullowhee, NC; and Kai Ferell (Frances) of Cornelius, NC; as well as two granddaughters: Lisa Gidney Redman and Davis Gidney, three great-grandsons and two nieces.

A memorial service will be held in the Pulliam Chapel at Givens Estates on Tuesday, Nov. 22nd at 1:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages you to make a gift in memory of Doris’ life to the Givens Estates Resident Assistance Ministry, www.givenscommunities.org/giving, and choose “Givens Estates – Resident Assistance Ministry.” Or mail to Givens Communities, Office of Philanthropy, 2630 Sweeten Creek Rd, Asheville NC 28803.

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.

Services

Memorial Service: November 22, 2022 1:00 pm

Pulliam Chapel at Givens Estates
100 Wesley Drive
Asheville, 28803

(828)274-4800

Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704

(828)687-3530
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

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