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Gwedolyn Cave Brinkley Sawyer

1926 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
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Gwedolyn Cave Brinkley Sawyer


Gwendolyn Cave Brinkley Sawyer, born May 23, 1926 in Portsmouth, Virginia, passed away at the age of 92 on June 5, 2018. She was the only child of Rudolph Lee Brinkley and Gertrude Cave Brinkley. She was the widow of Walter W. Sawyer, Jr., M.D., a Norfolk neurosurgeon. She was a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA). She is pre-deceased by her parents and husband. She was a life-long resident of Norfolk County and Norfolk, Virginia until 1997 when she moved to Williamsburg Landing Retirement Community in Williamsburg, Virginia. Her primary interest was animal welfare and for many years she volunteered at various animal shelters where she socialized dogs to help them be more adoptable. She also enjoyed gardening and bridge. Gwynn was a member of Bruton Parish Episcopal Church in Williamsburg, Virginia, and was a member of the Order of Eastern Star Old Dominion Chapter #100 and Westminster Chapter #99 for over fifty years. She is survived by her great nieces, Margaret Stuart Phillips, Patricia Phillips Teofilak and Leigh Phillips Bellardini; great nephew, Walter M. Phillips, III; and her cherished friends, Rita and Paul Kristiansen, Cynthia and Robert Rogers, and Anne Lynn and Gary Abrams. She is also survived by her faithful canine companion, "Toots". There will be a Graveside Service on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia officiated by the Rev. Canon Win Lewis, Rector, Christ and St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Norfolk, Virginia. A reception will follow at 1:00 p.m. in the Jamestown/Yorktown Room at Williamsburg Landing. In lieu of flowers, if one wishes, please make contributions to Gwendolyn's Wish, Inc., a non-profit organization committed to helping pets by providing assistance to the people and families who love them, P.O. Box 6776, Williamsburg, Virginia 23188 or Hospice Support Care of Williamsburg, 4445 Powhatan Parkway, Williamsburg, Virginia 23188. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Norfolk is handling arrangements and online condolences may be offered to the family at hdoliver.com.

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Published in The Virginian Pilot from June 12 to June 13, 2018
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