WITTKAMP, Darrell High, of Richmond, Virginia, went peacefully to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 15, 2021. Her husband of 66 years, Dr. Bernard F. "Bernie" Wittkamp was by her side.
Darrell was preceded in death by her parents, Rear Admiral Paul L. High; her mother, Elsie High; and her brother, Pete High. Darrell is survived by her husband; and their five children, Darrell Ann Wittkamp, Page Wittkamp (John Hawkins), Biff Wittkamp (Stacy), Chris Wittkamp and Michael Wittkamp (Jessica); as well as her dear sister, Judy Boyer. Also surviving Darrell are her grandchildren, Ian Hawkins, Jacquelyn Hawkins, Garrett Wittkamp, Ben Wittkamp, Finley Wittkamp and Nate Wittkamp; as well as three great-grandchildren, Luke Hawkins, Leo Hawkins and Reier Roman.
After growing up in a military family and moving all over the world, Darrell enrolled in the College of William and Mary, from which she graduated in 1952. While at William and Mary, Darrell met the love of her life, Bernard Wittkamp and married him on Valentine's Day of her senior year. They moved to Richmond, Virginia, where Bernie attended the Medical College of Virginia and set up his medical practice while Darrell made a home. Of all the places that Darrell lived, she loved Richmond, Virginia, more than any other place and took pleasure in long, winding drives, always taking the "scenic route." She loved swimming at Bon Air Pool, irreverent comedies, keeping up with tennis and golf and calling her kids, grandchildren and friends with frequent updates that we called the Nonnie News Network.
In the mid-1970s, Darrell met a large network of friends who supported her through challenging times. For more than 40 years since, Darrell has been a mentor and model to dozens of new friends who hold her in high esteem for her unwavering love and support. They, like all who knew Darrell, enjoyed her endearing humor.
The Bliley Funeral Home - Central on Augusta Avenue in Richmond, Virginia is handling funeral arrangements and will accept flowers for the family. The family will receive visitors from 12 noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church, 2700 Dolfield Drive, Richmond, Va., where Mass will follow at 1 p.m.
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Published by Richmond Times-Dispatch on Jul. 20, 2021.