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Doris Binder Medlin

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RALEIGH – Doris Binder Medlin, 72, passed away Friday, March 13, in Raleigh after a nearly four-year battle with cancer. 

She was born in Pigeon, Michigan, to the late Norman Binder and Elizabeth Brug Binder. She is survived by her son, Andy Medlin, and his wife, Jolie, of Raleigh; her sister, Jan Ottmer, and husband, Walt, of Lynden, Washington; and her grandchildren, Connor and Drew Medlin. 

Doris grew up working on her parents’ farm in Michigan where she developed a life-long gardening hobby. She graduated from Michigan State University, went on to serve in the Peace Corps in Uganda, and moved to North Carolina in the 1970s. She began her career as a school teacher, one that continued until her retirement in 2005, and spent more than 20 years focused on remedial reading at Wake Forest Elementary. 

In addition to gardening, she loved her cats, traveling, attending concerts and enjoying nature.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to where she used to volunteer. 

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the family is holding a small, private graveside service at Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh. They plan to hold a memorial service for friends and family later in the year when conditions allow. If you’d like to be informed of those future plans, email

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