Dorothy W. Jones, 92, of Stafford County passed away on Thursday, May 7, 2020 at Commonwealth Senior Living of Stafford. Dorothy worked at Morganstern's Pants Co., and then the UMW bookstore for 27 years. She was a longstanding member of Fairview Baptist Church, and a Gray Lady volunteer for 30 years. Her life was always about her love for family. Survivors include her daughter, Wendy Jones (Allen); daughter-in-law Toni Jones; grandchildren Ryan Jones, Michael Jones (Amanda), Chris Jones, and Paige Hanley (Skyler); great-granddaughter Savannah Jones; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband George B. Jones; son Mitchell R. Jones; and brother Cecil Whittaker. Interment will be held privately at Oak Hill Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fairy Godmother Project, 602 Williams St., #2B, Fredericksburg, VA 22401, in memory of her great-great-nephew, Carter W. Harris. Online guest book is available at covenantfuneralservice.com.
Marianna "Inky" Hall Seay, 77, of Fredericksburg passed away on Friday, May 8, 2020 in her home with her family by her side after a short battle with cancer. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and beloved sister to four siblings. After graduating from Stafford High School, she went on to graduate from Mary Washington College and earn a master's degree in psychology from New York University. She pursued her career as a social worker for 25 years with Rogosin Kidney Institute in New York City. Upon retiring, she returned to Fredericksburg to spend time and enjoy her beloved family. Survivors include her son, Marc (Lisa) Seay, and daughter Kadie Smith (David Caudill); five grandchildren: Ryan Smith, Erin Creel, Austin Smith, Brian Seay and David Seay; seven great grand-children: Charlotte, Benjamin, Lily Beth, Brayden, Jax, Brady, and Olivia. Inky also leaves behind a brother, Alan (Janice) Hall; and three sisters: Phyllis Lamont, Janet Lowe, and Marti (Clair) Davenport. She is preceded in death by her parents, Otis Hall and Marie Harding Hall. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Online guest book is available at covenantfuneralservice.com.
Mary M. (Peggy) Gratz Mary M. (Peggy to her family and friends) Gratz, 75, passed away on Thursday, May 7, at Mary Washington Hospital after a fall in her home. Peggy was born in Princeton, West Virginia, and lived in Waynesboro, Virginia, before moving to North Carolina where she graduated from High Point High School. She moved with her husband, Roy, to Fredericksburg in 1975 when he began teaching at Mary Washington College. Peggy earned a B.A. in English and Psychology with honors from Greensboro College in 1967 and, in 1981, a Masters in Library Science from Catholic University. After a brief career in social work, she worked in libraries at Duke University (where she met Roy); in Charleston, SC; in Winston-Salem, NC; at Germanna Community College; and finally for 20 years as a cataloger at Central Rappahannock Regional Library. Not surprisingly, Peggy was an avid reader, and she loved opera and cats. Peggy enjoyed traveling, and she and Roy (and later with their daughter, Kate) did a number of cross-country trips, including driving the Alaskan Highway. They also traveled to England, France, Switzerland, and Italy. Peggy was an active member of Mary Washington ElderStudy and a fan of the Great Lives, Theater, and Philharmonic programs at the University of Mary Washington. Never much of a sports fan, she came to love watching the Nationals baseball games and celebrated their World Series victory last fall. Peggy is survived by her husband, Roy, of 50 years; daughter, Kate; brother, Jack Womeldorf (Ann); sister, Sue Akin (Bill); nieces, Marjorie King and Suzanne Eubank; and nephew, Ryan Akin. She was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. Dr. John Womeldorf and Margaret Glass Womeldorf. Peggy was outgoing and friendly and would strike up a conservation with anyone about anything. She will be missed by her family and many friends. A celebration of life will be held when conditions permit social gatherings.