YORKTOWN - Jane "Dee Dee" Abbott, 85, born April 6, 1921 in Chicago, died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006. Nicknamed Dee Dee by her brother, she was the daughter of the late Ethel and Philip H. Newman I, of Wilmette, Ill. She was married over 50 years to Robert E. Abbott Sr., who died in 1999. Dee Dee graduated from New Trier High in Wilmette, attended the University of Arizona and in 1943, received a B. A. degree in Psychology from Northwestern University. She was a lifelong member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority and was an active member of Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a member of Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, Tabb. Dee Dee is survived by two sons, Robert Abbott Jr. and his wife, Peggy of Austin, Texas and Philip Chase Abbott of West Lafayette, Ind.; a daughter, Diane J. A. Monach and her husband, W. Reynolds of Yorktown; a brother, Philip H. Newman II and his wife, Pat of Gurnee, Ill.; seven grandchildren, Jennifer A. Floyd and her husband, Kenneth of Dallas, Christopher Abbott and his wife, Sterling of Dallas, Laurel Reitman and her husband, Jeff of San Francisco, Sally Abbott of Boston and Bruce, Keith, and Grace Allyce Monach, all of Yorktown; and one great-grandchild, Parker Floyd of Dallas. She always took a great interest in her children and grandchildren, nurturing their development and taking pride in her family's achievements. She had many friends in the Hampton Roads area, having moved here in 1988. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church by Dr. Michael Condrey. The Sarah Circle will provide a reception in the church fellowship hall immediately following the service. A burial service will be held at 12 p.m. Friday next to her husband at Quantico National Cemetery, Triangle, Va. Donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 6315 N. Center Dr., Suite 233, Norfolk, VA, 23502. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Warwick Forest Evergreen Unit, and Riverside Regional Convalescent Center. Arrangements by Claytor Rollins Funeral Home.
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Published in Daily Press from Sept. 26 to Sept. 27, 2006