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Edith Virginia Tanner

1929 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Edith Virginia Tanner

Virginia Beach - Edith Virginia Lawson Tanner passed away peacefully on June 20 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She was 84.

Edith was born August 5, 1929 in Toledo, Ohio. She was the youngest child of Nellie Mae Hensley Lawson and Elmer H. Lawson, of Rockingham County, Virginia. She was predeceased by her husband, James (Jim) R. Tanner, brother Donald Lawson and sister Nellie (June) Lawson Chick.

Raised in Toledo, Edith graduated from Scott High School and the University of Toledo. She and Jim were married November 23, 1951 and raised a family of four children as Jim's career in the U.S. Marine Corps took them to air stations in Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina before settling in Virginia. She returned to college at Old Dominion University and earned a master's degree before embarking on a career with the Virginia Beach public school system as a librarian at Kempsville High School and Virginia Beach Technical and Career Education Center.

Edith was a scholarly researcher of family genealogy, an expert seamstress, an avid reader, a tenacious crossword and jigsaw puzzler, and a fastidious gardener. Her memory will be kept alive by her children Mike, Susan, Karen (Bobby), and Steve; grandchildren Sarah Shalvoy, David Krahl (Lindsey), Chris Tanner (Chelsea), Jimmie Sherwood, Jason Sherwood and Michael Sherwood; great grandchildren Joshua Sherwood, Fallon Birmingham, Rylee Sherwood and Noah Krahl, as well as nieces and nephews across the country.

A memorial service will be held at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 25. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad or the .


Published in The Virginian Pilot on June 22, 2014
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