Servan “Van” Umstead Whitfield, age 64, died Friday, January 27, 2017 at Duke Regional Hospital. A Durham native, Van was born to the late Alvis “Buddy” and Margaret Grinstead Umstead on December 7, 1952.
Van graduated from the Watts School of Nursing where she began working in 1976. She later moved to Durham Regional where she opened the hospital’s Emergency Room and where she retired in 2004. She’ll be remembered by colleagues and friends for her compassion and devotion to the many patients she served during her nursing career.
Van is survived by her husband of 10 years, Ron Whitfield of Durham, NC; her step-mother, Betty Umstead, also of Durham; her brother, Steve Umstead and wife, Lauren, of Rougemont, NC; her half-brother, Kelly Umstead and wife, Susan, of Durham, NC; two step-children, Chris Whitfield and wife, Angie, of Tremont, IL; Adam Whitfield and wife, Teresa, of Rougemont, NC; four step-grandchildren and three nephews and one niece.
A memorial service will be held 3:00 p.m. Sunday, February 5, 2017 from the Chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Friends may visit with the family after the service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Servan Whitfield Scholarship Fund, c/o Watts School of Nursing, 2828 Croasdaile Drive, #200, Durham, NC 27705.
Arrangements for the Whitfield family are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. On-line condolences: www.hallwynne.com. Select obituaries.