Sarah S. Gorrell
Sarah S. Gorrell
  • October 29, 1930 - December 23, 2017
  • Greensboro, North Carolina

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Sarah Swain Gorrell passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 23rd at Well Spring Retirement Community. A celebration of her life will be 2 pm Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Well spring.

Sarah was a lifelong resident of Greensboro. She was born on October 29, 1930 to the late Judith Burton Swain and James Wood Swain. She attended Greensboro Senior High School and graduated from the Women's College of the University of North Carolina, now UNCG. As Executive Secretary for The North Carolina Savings and Loan Board, Sarah coordinated that group's special events and gatherings.

On January 31, 1952, Sarah married Robert Pinkney Gorrell - her beloved "Dink." For fifty-six years they shared a life of love, laughter, travel and friendships.

Sarah was a devoted member of Grace United Methodist Church. She served on the Executive Board of the Junior League of Greensboro and during her tenure in 1952, they helped establish the Cerebral Palsy School, now Gateway Education Center. Her past memberships also included Greensboro Garden Club, The Greensboro Wedgewood Hobby Club, Greensboro Country Club, and The Debutante Club of Greensboro.
Along with her husband, Sarah endowed and established the Duke Psychiatric Research Foundation at Duke University and the Gorrell Family Foundation devoted to serving causes in the community. She was a major supporter of ConeHealth Cancer Center and the Alight Program benefitting local breast cancer patients. She would be annoyed that we are listing these gifts for public display!

Known to her family as "Deutsie," Sarah was a fan of Duke athletics; a remarkable gardener of beautiful roses; a talented cook; and a noted card shark. She loved spending time at Figure Eight where sunsets over the marshes confirmed her abiding faith in God and His creation. Most of all, she adored her children and grandchildren.

Sarah is survived by her daughter Mary Gorrell Jones (Chuck), her daughter Sarah Gorrell Kuratnick (David), her son Robert Pinkney Gorrell, Jr. (Sabet Stroman), and her ten devoted grandchildren who loved her beyond measure.

The family is eternally grateful for the loving care Deutsie received over the past months from Dr. Gus Magrinat and his nurse Valerie Dodd; Dr. Thomas Brackbill and his nurse Melinda Pratt; as well as the compassionate nursing staff at Well Spring.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 438 West Friendly Avenue 27401 or Alight c/o ConeHealth Cancer Center, 2400 West Friendly Avenue 27403.

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