Durham News: Obituaries

Mazie Shoffner Coulman

Mazie Shoffner Coulman passed away Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, in Fredericksburg, VA. She was 91 and a member of the greatest generation.

Mrs. Coulman was born Sept. 26, 1923, in Whitsett, NC and was one of nine children of the late Thomas Joyner Shoffner and Nora Greeson Shoffner. She is survived by a sister, Osa McAdoo and a brother, Leonard Shoffner. She was predeceased by her brothers, Thomas Shoffner and Richard Shoffner and sisters, Elizabeth Staley, Georgia May, Maggie Coble and Swannie Johnson.

Mazie graduated from Alamance High School, Alamance, NC and Saint Leo’s School of Nursing, Greensboro, NC. She then served in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps where she was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant. She was stationed in Camp Croft, South Carolina and Fort Rucker, Alabama. Her civilian nursing years included caring for polio patients and providing individualized nursing services as a private duty nurse.

In 1980 she became the first manager of the newly opened Ronald McDonald House at Duke University, Durham, NC. She was extremely proud to be part of “the house that love built” and an organization that provides a homelike environment to families of children undergoing treatment for serious illnesses.

She was the wife of the late George Coulman, Jr. and devoted mother of Michael Coulman (Julia) of Carlsbad, CA, Kathleen Coulman of Newburyport, MA, Christine Maher (David) of Stafford, VA and Patricia Rodgers (Steven) of Mineola, TX. She was also loving grandmother to eight grandchildren and great grandmother to fourteen great-grandchildren.

Services were held at Covenant Funeral Service, Stafford, VA, on Jan. 21, at noon, followed by interment at Quantico National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ronald McDonald House Charity, 506 Alexander Avenue, Durham, NC 27705 or your local RMHC at www.rmhc.org. Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com