Dorothy Durrette
Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home
2551 North Armistead Ave
Hampton, VA
Hampton - Dorothy Staples Durrette, born February 11, 1923, passed away at the age of 89 on Saturday, January 12, 2013. She was a native of Newport News, VA and a resident of Hampton for most of her life. Dorothy was a devoted mother and wife. She was the secretary/treasurer of Durrette Inc., a commercial fishing business, and a member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Hampton. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Richard Eldridge and Janie Cox Staples; husband, Floyd Evans Durrette; granddaughter, Kathryn Turner; and seven siblings. She is survived by her daughters, Cheryle Gumaer, Judy Jones (Dale) both of Hampton; Betty Pettingill (Wynn) of Idaho Falls, ID, and Teresa Colgan (Bob) of Scottsboro, AL; 10 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; sister, Helen S. Walker of Newport News; and brother-in-law, Phillip Durrette of Costa Rica.A celebration of Dorothy's life will begin at 11 a.m., Tuesday, January 15 at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Parklawn Memorial Park.Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Assoc., 500 E. Plume St., #110, Norfolk, VA, 23510, or the American Diabetes Assoc., 1701 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA, 22311.Friends are encouraged to visit to share memories and words of condolence with the family.Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, VA 23666.View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published by Daily Press on Jan. 14, 2013.
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Theresa, Judy, Cheryl, Betty and family,

Take comfort that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Cindy, Audrey, and Louis
January 21, 2013
Thersa, Judy, Cheryl, Betty and Family,
There is comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Cindy, Audrey and Louis Diggs
January 21, 2013
Thersa, Judy, Cheryl, Betty and Family,
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you. Our thoughts and prayers are with.
Cindy, Audrey and Louis Diggs
January 21, 2013
Dot was a Blessing to all who knew her. She was always fun to be around. I was shocked to hear that she could ever grow old, because she was sooo full of youthful spirit.
God Bless Dot Durrette and those she touched!
David Carmines
January 18, 2013
I didn't know Dorothy but knew her brother-in-law, Phillip, well as a younger man. And I remember Dorothy's husband coming to visit the Durrette family often. Phillip, I am very sorry to hear of your family's loss and you will be in my thoughts and prayers. I have thought of you often as we both continue to age, hopefully with God's grace.

Peace of the Lord be with all of my and may He ease your sorrow.
James Dick
January 18, 2013

Although we haven't spoken in many years, please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother.

Debbie Adcock
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January 16, 2013
Judy, So sorrry for the loss of your mother. Our deepest sympathy, Duna & Charles Ellis
Duna Ellis
January 16, 2013
Forever in my heart
Angela Wright Tramontana
January 15, 2013
Judy, Cheryl & Family, We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother. May God's Grace be with each of you during this time.
David & Janice Topping
January 15, 2013
Dearest Grandmother,
Although years have passed since we last hugged my arms have always been around you. You are the glue that kept the family together. Growing up you were more than a grandmother to my sisters and I you were our supportive mother, caregiver, shelter, and friend. I will never forget the smell of swiss steak when we would come in from long travels, or the fun my cousins and I would have at your home on Chesapeake Bay crabbing making pet rocks and playing in the basement. My heart will forever feel the void of losing you but I am happy to know you've joined my grandfather and sister. Kiss them for me. We will hug again one day. I love you!
Fondest memories,
Angela Wright Tramontana
Angela Wright Tramontana
January 15, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Marion Gunnell
January 15, 2013
Judy, I am sorry for your loss, but know your heart rejoices in the fact that your mother is happy and whole in the loving arms of our just and true God, smiling down on you. Your family has been and will remain in our prayers.
Julie Tennant
January 15, 2013
Ms. Judy, I am sorry to hear of the loss of your mother, and Jennifer- your grandmother. It's a difficult time for you and your families. Our condolences and sympathy are with you all. Maggie & Paul Willis
January 14, 2013
May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.
American Heart Association
January 13, 2013
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