Captain Mitchell Edson, Medical Corps, USN passed away on February 19, 2020 at the Mary Washington Hospital due to prostate cancer at the age of 92. Dr. Edson was born in Chicago on July 13, 1927 and moved to NYC as a teenager. He was graduated from the Merchant Marine Academy in 1949 with a degree in engineering, and sailed on merchant ships as a midshipman, beginning at the close of World War II. He next obtained a Master's degree from Columbia University, then became a graduate of Yale Medical School in 1956. While studying to pass the "boards" in urology, he received unwelcome orders to spend a year in Okinawa as commanding officer, 3rd Medical Battalion, 3rd Marine Division. He later regarded this experience as a highlight of his life. The remainder of his naval career was spent training residents in urology, researching, writing textbooks and presenting papers, and at his 60th reunion received Yale Medical School's Distinguished Alumni Service Award for his diverse career, from the engine room to the operating room. He continued a private practice in the District of Columbia until age 90. Dr. Edson is survived by his wife Janet Davis Edson of Fredericksburg, his son and grandson, Laurence and Charles Edson of Boca Raton, Florida, his son Jay Edson and his wife Ksinia Radionova and their sons Anton and Peter of Princeton, New Jersey, as well as his nephew Roderick Darnell of Richmond and his daughters Margaret and Ella. Dr. Edson was preceded in death by his son Timothy Warren Edson of Fredericksburg on December 7, 2019. A very special nephew, Dr. Randall Edson arrived from San Francisco to share his uncle's last several days before airline schedules became erratic, and before his California hospital discouraged medical personnel from taking leave due to the coronavirus outbreak. Dr. Edson's cremated remains will be interred in the Quantico National Cemetery on May 7th, without a memorial service planned at this time.
James (Jim) Marlyn Evans, 89, of Fredericksburg, VA, born in Oxford, Iowa October 30, 1930, passed away May 1, 2020 at Mary Washington Hospital. Preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Wilma Mae Evans. He is survived by his son James Jr., daughters Debra (Peter Sausville), Teresa (Richard Hall), Michele (Peter Shirron), Marta (Michael Bradley), 8 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Jim was a veteran of the United States Air Force where he engaged in the Armed Forces Radio during his 13 years of service. He loved playing the guitar and formed his own band "The Western Gentlemen", while stationed in Germany. He had a passion for flying planes and organized a club, "Jim Evans' Flying Tigers". He continued in radio after his discharge from the USAF working for CFRB in Toronto, Canada, WRCV in Philadelphia, PA and WMAL in Washington, D.C. After leaving radio he joined "The Knights of Columbus" and later became General Agent. Upon retirement from KofC he pursued a writing career and became a published author. A graveside will be held at Quantico National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jim's name to the American Kidney Fund. Condolences may be sent at mullinsthompsonfredericksburg.com
Jennifer Nicole Rorrer, 31, died Friday, April 24th, 2020. Jennifer is survived by her son, Jonathan Curry Jr, 15 years old. Parents Michelle & Pete Sullivan and three sisters Jessica Nicole, Jocelyn Nicole, & Justine Nicole and brother Hunter. Grandparents Jackie Dorfler, David Cogar, Ronald Dorfler, Faye Rorrer and great grandparent Evelyn Dorfler. Several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Jennifers loving, and fun personality will be greatly missed. She had a passion for music and loved to sing. Private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations to her son Jonathan Curry Jr. for his education c/o Michelle Sullivan BB&T 375 Chatham Heights Rd, Fredericksburg, Va. 22405
Maureen Ellen McCarthy Ashby, 81, of Spotsylvania, passed away on Sunday, May 3, 2020 at her home. She was born in Passaic, NJ to Timothy J. McCarthy and Edna (Hansen) McCarthy on October 4, 1938. She was educated in the local Passaic school system and graduated from Passaic High School in 1956. She attended Lake Erie College in Painesville, OH, including a winter term abroad living with a French family and studying at the University of Grenoble in Grenoble, France. She later graduated from George Mason University, Fairfax, VA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. Although Maureen was a stay at home mother caring for her three sons, she always had a passion for history. She spent about 19 years as a Docent and tour guide at Gunston Hall, the 18th century home of George Mason. She also volunteered about five years in the Education Department at Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington. Maureen's favorite hobby was genealogy, researching not only her own ancestry but that of her husband's family as well. When she and her husband Barry left Northern Virginia to retire to Fawn Lake in Spotsylvania, VA, Maureen participated in many of the activities that were available in that community. Additionally, because of her love of animals, Maureen also volunteered for several years at the Fredericksburg, VA SPCA. Maureen is survived by her husband of 58 years, Robert Barry Ashby, three adult children, Kevin (Kristen) of Virginia Beach, VA, Brian (Cathleen) of Annandale, NJ, and Michael (Maureen) of Burke, VA, and six grandchildren, Cade, Carson, Grace, Turner, Hanna and Patrick. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, those who so desire, may make a memorial donation to The Old Dominion Humane Society, 3602, Lafayette Boulevard, #102, Fredericksburg, VA 22408. Online guestbook is available at johnsoncares.com.
Richard Lee "Ricky" Jones, 41, of Fredericksburg passed away on Sunday, May 3, 2020 at his home. The dismay you constantly struggled with each day, left you hopeless and on a dark path you couldn't get away. Your burdens are gone and now you walk along. With GOD and will watch over us every day. We Love and will Miss you, but forever in thoughts and in our hearts you will stay. We know you are walking and happy indeed now. We will be with you one day in Heaven, without a doubt! Sadly missed but never forgotten. Ricky leaves the following loving family behind; son Preston Lee Jones; parents Richard Jones and Kim Decatur; sister April Via; half-brother David Jones; grandmother Ann Jones; and an aunt, Sandy Taylor. Services will be held privately. Online guest book is available at covenantfuneralservice.com.
Vera Eunice Gazda Vera Eunice (Atkinson) Gazda, 85 of Fredericksburg, VA died on May 3, 2020 of respiratory complications due to COPD. Affectionately dubbed "Big V" by her husband, James, Vera embraced that name and was referred to as "Big V" and "V" by her friends over the years. She prided herself in always looking her very bestfrom her color-coordinated outfits to her hair, accessories, makeup, and lipstick. She loved anything purple, Neil Diamond, Chanel No. 5, clogging, traveling, singing in the choir, Yahtzee, crushing opponents at Scrabble, Johnny Carson, country music, strong coffee, home-cooked meals, cocktails, slots, and interacting with people from all walks of life. Vera was preceded in death by her husband, James; parents, Forrest and Fern; and brother, Guy. She is survived by six children, Rhonda Gazda, James Gazda and wife, Antoinette, Marsha Davis and husband, Jefferson, Julie Hardesty, Karen Kangas and husband, Matthew, and Lisa Radocha and husband, Frank; 12 grandchildren, Heidi, Christina, Benjamin, John, Alexander, Rachel, James, Marsha, Monica, Maxwell, William, and Samuel and 6 great-grandchildren, Andrew, Queenie, Frederick, Alexandra, Robert, and Jack; brother Floyd Atkinson and wife, Martha; sister-in-law, Bessie Atkinson; and numerous nieces and nephews. She will be interred in Quantico National Cemetery on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. The family will celebrate her life at a private memorial service later this year. Her full obituary may be seen at www.mullinsthompsonstafford.com