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Sue Blanks Weilmuenster
WeilmuensterS imageSue Blanks Weilmuenster died peacefully on February 12, 2019. She was born on December 15, 1943, in Henderson, NC, to the late Colonel Richard Page Blanks, USA, Retired and Myrtle Crocker Blanks. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Kenneth James; her son, Matthew Niels; sister, Phyllis Blanks Humphrey; brother, R. Steve Blanks (Rachel); grandchildren, Paige and Grace; and her best friend and co-conspirator, Linda Laity Hite, plus numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. A true Army brat, she lived in numerous places as her father’s Army career advanced, finally landing in Williamsburg. She graduated from James Blair High School and The College of William and Mary with a BA in English. She later returned to William and Mary to earn certification as a school librarian. Sue had three passions in life: education, books and her grandchildren. A truly dedicated teacher, she taught English eleven years at Kecoughtan High School and completed her thirty-year teaching career at York High School, the last five years as the school librarian. Sue loved books. She was never without a book, and later a Kindle, to read. One of her great joys as a librarian was researching and selecting new books for the York High School library. After retirement, she continued to teach Sunday School and Bible study. She steadfastly adhered to the principal of spoiling her grandchildren and avidly followed their activities and development. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 23, 2019, at the Crooks Memorial United Methodist Church followed by a reception at the Edgehill Community Clubhouse, 700 Cockletown Rd, Yorktown. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Crooks Memorial United Methodist Church, 204 Cook Rd., Yorktown, VA 23690.
Dora Jean Doyon
DoyonD imageDora Jean "DJ” (Mayer) Doyon, a lifelong Peninsula resident, passed away on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at her residence at the Chesapeake retirement community in Newport News. She was 86 years old. DJ was born on October 30, 1932 in Newport News to James and Kathryn Mayer and raised with sister Joan (McLaughlin) who passed in 1993. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Leonard "Leo” Doyon in December 2015. She is survived by her son Jim Doyon and his wife Teri, Son John Doyon, son Jeff Doyon and his wife Ann, step-son Tom Doyon and his wife Wessi, and step-daughter Rose-Marie (Doyon) Trust and her husband Egon, along with 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. DJ was a lifelong member of Northside Christian Church, going all the way back to when it was the 24th Street Church of Christ. She graduated from Newport News High School in 1951 and had friends all over the Peninsula. She met Leo when they both worked at the Transportation School at Fort Eustis, she as a secretary and he as a young army officer. After a number of years in Arlington when Leo worked at the Pentagon, she moved with Leo and the family to Seaford in 1971 and continued to live in York County until 2016. DJ was known for sharing funny stories and always making people laugh. She loved music and had the uncanny ability to remember lyrics to old songs, enjoyed playing piano, always read the newspaper front-to-back, liked watching Jeopardy! and — back in the day — was a pretty good pinochle player. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Amory Funeral Home in Yorktown, VA with a family reception to follow. DJ will be laid to rest with her husband in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations be made to Remember the Children (www.remember-the-children.org).
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