June 24, 2017
Early Sunday morning, Marjorie Vonceal Goff passed away quietly at Aldersgate Retirement Community. She was 92. Born January 5, 1925, in Pine Mount, Florida to Russell Baines Goff and Eva Knight Goff, she was raised in the same small north Florida community now known as McAlpin. Her father was a USPS mail carrier and farmer. After finishing her compulsory education in Live Oak, FL at age 16, she attended Florida State College for Women (now Florida State) during the war years, graduating with a degree in anatomy and physiology in 1945. She continued her academic career at Duke University where she was among the first graduates of Duke’s school of nursing. While there, she met Jack Cathey Anderson of Hertford, NC and they were married June 28, 1947. Jack’s engineering career led them from Newport News, VA to Louisburg, Durham and Asheville, NC and thence to the Canal Zone, Panama before settling in Greensboro. Her marriage to Jack ended in 1980. In 1986 she married LCDR Thomas C. Clay, USN Ret before relocating to Oriental, NC where she spent most of her retirement. Preceding Marjorie in death was her older brother Malcolm, first husband Jack, and second husband Tom.
Marjorie’s career began in the late 1940’s as a student nurse at Duke Hospital and later instructor in the Duke School of Nursing. In the late 50’s, she worked the ER at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro. In the early to mid 60’s, she founded a school of practical nursing in the basement of McIver School, E. Lee St., Greensboro later to become part of GTI/GTCC. She continued her studies at UNC-G, earning an MSHE degree in Early Childhood Psychology and Development in 1967 followed by post-graduate work in education. Her final installments as nursing educator-led from an associate professorship at UNC Greensboro’s school of nursing to Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Winston-Salem from whence she traveled as Director of NWAHEC conducting workshops in continuing education for nurses. She was a board member of the American Nurses Association.
Over the years, her enjoyment of trying new things led to wide-ranging interests such as: decorating inventive and elaborate cakes, swimming, snorkeling, SCUBA diving, sailing, counted cross-stitch, macrame, knitting, sewing, wood-carving, antique furniture restoration, watercolor painting, and felting. She was an avid art and crafts collector and world traveler, visiting most of the continental US, Alaska, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe and the Orient. In later life, she enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, and music. She was active in her spiritual life as a parishioner and member of the vestry both at St. Andrews Episcopal, Greensboro and St. Thomas Episcopal, Oriental.
She is survived by her sister: Diana Goff Windham of Mayo, FL. Her three children: Jack Cathey Anderson, Jr., and Russell Goff Anderson and wife Anna of Greensboro, and Louis Weems Anderson of Charlotte and wife Malu. Seven Grandchildren: Nelly Kate Anderson and Zoe Anderson Cowles of Charlotte; Evan McKee and Keely Ruth Anderson of High Point; Colin Knight Anderson and wife Emma of Fayetteville; John Taylor Anderson and Sarah Katherine Anderson both of Greensboro.