Dorothea Mae Simmons

Dorothea Mae Simmons

Suffolk, VA
08.18.1922 - 08.19.2018
New York City, NY

Dorothea Mae Simmons died peacefully in Lake Prince Woods on Sunday, August 19, a day after her 96th birthday.  Born in New York City, she moved frequently with her husband and children before settling in Suffolk, where she enjoyed the warmth and hospitality of a community in which she remained after the early death of her husband in 1976.

A graduate of Girls‘ High School in Brooklyn, New York, she went on to complete a degree from Katharine Gibbs School on Park Avenue in Manhattan, established in 1911 as a vocational school for women in business.  She was a devoted wife and mother, a consummate hostess, an exceptional seamstress and an inveterate traveler.

Dorothea was the daughter of the late William Charles Cahill and Mae G. Barry, both of New York City and outlived both her husbands, William David Shaw and Marvin A. Simmons, and a granddaughter, Claire E. Shaw.  She is survived by her son, William Tracey Shaw of Lynchburg, Virginia and her daughter, Donna Shaw Rucker of Virginia Beach, Virginia.  Grandchildren include J. Carter Shaw of Norfolk, Virginia; Catherine D. Krna of Menlo Park, California; Wilder S. Rucker of Brooklyn, New York; Ryan M. Shaw of Kyle, Texas; Dorothea A. Finger of Virginia Beach, Virginia; Alexander T. Shaw of Richmond, Virginia; Andrew D. Shaw of Charlottesville, Virginia and D. Elliott Shaw of Washington D.C.  She leaves behind eleven great-grandchildren.

There are far too many people to thank for their loving care in the final days of her life, but her family would like to give special thanks for the staff in Memory Care at Lake Prince Woods, her companions from Home Instead in Suffolk and for the professional services of Hospice – Interim HealthCare.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, 213 N. Main Street in Suffolk by The Reverend Dr. Keith Emerson.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Suffolk Humane Society for animal protection at 412 Kings Fork Road, Suffolk, VA 23434.  R. W. Baker & Company in Suffolk is handling arrangements. Condolences may be registered at

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St. Paul's Episcopal Church
213 N. Main St.
Suffolk, VA 23434
United States


Cedar Hill Cemetery
100 Mahan Street
Suffolk , VA 23434
United States


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