Marian (Worrell) Duncan

January 21, 1936 ~ May 28, 2022 (age 86)


Marian Worrell Duncan passed away peacefully on May 28, at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill with her
daughters by her side. She was born January 21, 1936 in a snowstorm, in Lake Waccamaw, North
Carolina, the first child of Herbert Munroe Worrell and wife, Annie Mae Flynn Worrell. Marian
graduated from Hallsboro High School and was a lifelong student, completing post secondary degrees at
Campbell College, Southeastern Community College, the University of New York, and Central Michigan
University where she received her Masters Degree in Public Health Administration. Marian spent her
entire career in Public Health and retired as Columbus County’s first female Health Director. She was
passionate about her work and the people of Columbus County. During her career she served as an
adjunct Instructor in the Department of Social Medicine at the School of Medicine at UNC Chapel Hill, as
a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, the AHEC Public Health
Advisory Board, the Columbus County Rural Health Center Board of Directors, Smart Start for Children
Board of Directors, and the Columbus Interagency Board, as well as numerous other Boards and task
forces related to HIV-Aids, children’s health, and drug and alcohol abuse. She was instrumental in
establishing the health department’s first in house dental clinic and a mobile dental clinic to provide
dental care for underserved children in the county. She was an active member of Lake Waccamaw
Presbyterian Church, Columbus County Arts Council, Lake Waccamaw Women’s Club and the Aza-mellia
Garden Club. Marian leaves to cherish her memory two daughters, Kaye Baggett and husband, Tal; Bess
Hux and husband, Allen; two granddaughters, Marianna Baggett and Ella Coleman; a sister, Sylvia
Johnson; and brothers Herbert “Butch” Worrell and wife Carol, and Larry Worrell and wife Sherry; as
well family and friends too numerous to name. Marian was a world traveler and loved adventure,
passions which likely helped foster her willingness to embrace new treatments for cancer. She was an
inspiration to all who knew her, managing a courageous fight for her health which lasted over 20 years.
Throughout Marian’s life and health journey she always believed that hope is the best medicine, and
her positive attitude was an inspiration to all who knew her. A Celebration of Life is planned for 3 o’clock
on Wednesday, June 1 at Lake Waccamaw Presbyterian Church. The family will receive guests in the
church fellowship hall after the ceremony. Those who wish to honor her memory are encouraged to
support the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas or Lake Waccamaw Presbyterian Church.

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Celebration of Life
June 1, 2022

3:00 PM
Lake Waccamaw Presbyterian Church

, 28450

June 1, 2022

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Lake Waccamaw Presbyterian Church

, 28450

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