Shirley Jeanette Firth Rabon, 79, had a heart of gold

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Shirley Jeanette Firth Rabon
Shirley Jeanette Firth Rabon

Shirley Jeanette Firth Rabon, 79, a native of Poquoson and longtime resident of Yorktown, passed away on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Maggie Firth; first husband, Dave; second husband, Emmitt Gray; brothers, Ed, John, Gene and Nelson; and sister, Anna Firman.

She is survived by her children, Dave Rabon (Glory), Wendy Fillmore (Steve), Donny Rabon (Kimberley Jarvis) and Susan Donatelli (Joe); grandchildren, Steve Fillmore II (Crystal), Katie Richert (Brad), Jenny Melvin (Ty Biagas), Christen Haynes (Wrayburn), Lexi Driver (Evie), Alex Donatelli (Christina), Dustin Rabon, Zach Donatelli (Lori), Ashleigh McQuillen, Joey Donatelli, Casey Wells (Cameron), Cody Rabon, Andrew Jarvis, Sam Donatelli, Ashley Jarvis and Emma Donatelli; and her great-grandchildren, Journey McQuillen, Jenna and Brady Richert, Brayden Melvin, Lily Kennedy, Zoe Donatelli, and Seamus,Victoria and Kieran Haynes; and siblings, E.T. Firth (Jennie), Essie Firman, Queenie Holt (Charlie), Betty Adams (Alvin) and Judie Hogge (Ben); and sister-in-law, Mattie Firth.

The family will welcome friends and family from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Donatelli home, 101 Manokin Turn, Yorktown. A celebration of Shirley’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at Waters Edge Church, Newport News.

Shirley loved her family and had a heart of gold. She never met a stranger and was generous to a fault. She will be greatly missed.

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