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Ann Frances Burruss, 82, died peacefully at her home in Hayes, Virginia, on Jan. 2, 2018 surrounded by her children.

A passionate lifelong educator, Ann was a graduate of Achilles High School and Christopher Newport College. Her teaching career spanned half a century; she taught in Saudi Arabia for over a decade and in Tidewater Virginia when she returned from overseas. After retiring, Ann was a member of the Gloucester County School Board and, like her mother before her, was a director and tutor for the Literacy Volunteers of Gloucester, teaching GED in the jail and elsewhere for 17 years.

She was a member of the Gloucester County Educational Foundation, the Gloucester County Re-entry Council, the Woodville School/T.C. Walker Foundation, and was an Elder of Groves Presbyterian Church.

She earned many awards for her volunteer service, including a Gold Award from President Bush’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, the Governor’s Senior Volunteerism and Community Service Award, and the Bank of America Hero Award. 

Ann is survived by her children, Lewis “Spike” Whitaker, Karen Kovacs and Bob, and Catherine Catina and Rich; grandchildren Adam Barron, Nicholas Barron, Travis Catina, and Rebecca Catina; and a brother, Lewis “Bucky” Burruss.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Eleanor Whitaker Barron, and by her former husband, Dion S. Whitaker.

In our mother’s memory, contributions may be made to the Gloucester Community Foundation, P.O. Box 2303, Gloucester, Va. 23061; or to the Piano Fund at Groves Memorial Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 1263, Hayes, Va. 23072.

A memorial service for Ann Frances Burruss will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13 at Groves Memorial Presbyterian Church, 9117 Glass Road, Hayes.

Arrangements under the direction of Hogg Funeral Home and Crematory, Gloucester Point.

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