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Lois Ann Sessoms, 82, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at her home in Williamsburg.
She is survived by her devoted husband of 58 years, William Montague Sessoms; two adoring daughters, Lauralyn Sessoms Copan (William) and Rachel Sessoms Smith (Timothy); and brother, Melvin Davis Childers Jr. (Peggy). She was also the proud and loving ‘Grandmommy’ of four cherished grandchildren, Laura Copan and Griffin, Walker and Isabella Smith.
Lois Ann was born in Appomattox, Va., Aug. 6, 1934, and raised in Roanoke, Va. She graduated from Jefferson Senior High School and Longwood College with a bachelor of science degree. One of her fondest memories was becoming Sweetheart of Sigma Chi at Hampden-Sydney during her college years!
She taught science and English at the middle school and high school levels in Roanoke and Richmond. She married Bill in 1959 and spent four years in Dayton, Ohio, before moving to Williamsburg. She was a member of Williamsburg Presbyterian Church for 54 years, where she served as Sunday school teacher, flower arranger, library assistant and proud member of Circle #8. Lois Ann lived in Queens Lake for 20 years, raising and nurturing her family in too many ways to recite. Pets were always by her side with special love for Boxers and Siamese cats. Her memory book is full of many good times on family vacations at the Outer Banks and the Tides Inn.
Lois Ann adored working at Colonial Williamsburg as a receptionist and interpreter at the Public Hospital/DeWitt Wallace Art Gallery, and for the APVA as a docent at the Dora Armistead House. She was an avid member of the Queens Lake and the Greensprings Garden clubs for 20 years each. She won countless ribbons, many of them blue. For the last 30 years, Lois Ann and Bill had lived in Kingsmill, enjoying family, friends and retirement. Her love of books, the arts and music permeated her life. As a teacher, a role model and a kind and true people-person, she will always be remembered with love, respect and dignity.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 24, at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church.
Online condolences may be offered at nelsencares.com.