Dorothy Fawcett Morris|
Virginia Beach -
Dorothy Fawcett Morris, 87, formerly of Virginia Beach died April 14, 2014 in Staunton, VA. She was born July 6, 1926, in Norfolk, the daughter of the late Kenneth John and Betty Benn Fawcett.
Dot was the widow of Carl James Morris. She was also predeceased by her brother, Kenneth John Fawcett, Jr. Surviving are two daughters, Susan Morris-Rollins of Waynesboro, VA and Linda Mann and her husband, Robert E. Mann, Jr. of St. Petersburg, FL. She is also survived by a granddaughter, Catherine Rollins and two grandsons, Eric Mann and Carl Mann. In addition she is survived by her sister-in-law, Audrey Dixon Fawcett, and by many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Dot graduated from Granby High School in 1944 and from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in 1948. She did postgraduate work for a year at the University of North Carolina and then taught high school for a year in that state. In 1950 she joined the staff of the Norfolk Ledger-Dispatch as a news reporter and worked there until she and Carl moved to Charlottesville, VA in 1957.
In Charlottesville, Dot received a Master of Education degree from the University of Virginia and when she returned to Hampton Roads became a guidance counselor at Eastern Academy for two years and then at Norfolk Catholic High School for 13 years. While at Norfolk Catholic, she attended Old Dominion University and earned a Certificate of Advanced Study in counseling. She later became licensed as a professional counselor and after completing a year-long extern program at the Family Therapy Practice Center, of Washington, D.C., became licensed as a marriage and family therapist. She practiced at Catholic Charities of Hampton Roads for 13 years.
Dot was a member of Baylake United Methodist Church in Virginia Beach, the Ruth Reynolds Circle of the United Methodist Women and the JOY Sunday School class. She enjoyed working in the tutoring program and as a Stephen minister at church. She was a member of The Norfolk Branch of The American Association of University Women. Dot also was active in the Institute for Learning in Retirement and served a term as secretary of the organization.
Professional organizations to which she belonged include Hampton Roads Association of Clinical Counselors, Virginia Association of Clinical Counselors, Mental Health Counseling Association and American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
The family will receive friends at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Bayside Chapel on Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 4 to 6 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2014 in the funeral home chapel by Rev. Deborah Clarke. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Norfolk. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the
. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Apr. 16, 2014