Dorothy Lois Gibb Foss
June 12, 1923 - October 8, 2021
Dorothy "Dot" Lois Gibb Foss was born on June 12, 1923 in Machipongo, on Virginia's Eastern Shore, to parents Emily Tabitha Ward and Obed Cecil Gibb. As a child she often chose to work in the fields with her dad, and she excelled in her education, graduating from Central High School.
After secretarial school in Baltimore Maryland, she became a receptionist at the brand-new Pentagon in Washington, D.C., helping both visitors and "the brass" learn how to navigate the building. She married Albert Canute Foss Jr. in Washington's St. Matthew the Apostle Cathedral on June 6, 1943.
The couple lived mostly in Schenectady, N.Y. and Waynesboro, Va., with brief periods in Syracuse and Vestal, N.Y., and Erie, Pa. In addition to being a real estate agent at one point, Dot was an active community volunteer and leader, at different times chairing charitable fundraising drives, organizing for the League of Women Voters and the American Heart Association, providing a wide variety of services for theater groups, and coordinating volunteers for the Shenandoah Valley Art Center and the Waynesboro Community Concerts Association.
She was predeceased by her parents, husband, and siblings, Louise Gibb Scott and Lynwood Thomas Gibb. Survivors include daughter, Constance (Connie) Foss More and her husband, Bruce More of Victoria, B.C., Canada, and son, Robert (Bob) Ward Foss of Cohoes, N.Y. Granddaughter, Alexis More Lamontagne her husband, Eric and great-granddaughter, Cadence live in Victoria, B.C., and grandsons, Jason Foss (Clifton Park, N.Y.) and Schuyler Foss (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) live in the Albany area.
Since her move to a nursing home in Schenectady, N.Y. and especially during the pandemic, she had missed regular in-person visits with her Victoria family, great-nieces, Kimberly Meyer and Margo Landon, and dear extended Waynesboro families the Prettymans and Keefers.
A memorial service will be held in early April in Waynesboro, Va., at the time of her interment beside Al in Augusta Memorial Park. We will all remember her infectious laugh, her people-loving (sometimes mischievous) "red-head" behavior, and her indomitable spirit.
For those who wish, the family suggests a donation to the Wayne Theater Alliance, Inc (Ross Performing Arts Center) https://www.waynetheatre.org/about/. Tributes and messages can be left on the website of Jones Funeral Home in Schenectady N.Y. https://jonesfh.net/21/Obituaries.html/
Published by The News Virginian on Oct. 15, 2021.