Dorothy Gardner Groves ‘Dot’ Friend, 94, epitomized an independent female

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Dorothy Gardner Groves "Dot" Friend

Dorothy Gardner Groves “Dot” Friend

Dorothy Gardner Groves ‘Dot’ Friend departed this world on Nov. 26, 2016.

She was born on December 8, 1921, to the late Derusha Virginia Amory and William Gardner Groves in Norfolk. Dot graduated from Maury High School. She worked at Colonial Stores, Mutual Federal Savings and Loan, and Cenit Bank. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Ocean Park Woman’s Club and a volunteer at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center.

Dot was predeceased by her husband of 73 years, Robert E. ‘Eddie’ Friend, and is survived by two children Robert E. ‘Bobby’ (Debbie) Friend Jr. and Susan Friend Fisher; six grandchildren, Michelle (Chris) Edwards, Eddie (Kristi) Friend, Kelly (Rachel) Friend, Matt (Kristine) Friend, Katie (Reid) Harris and Lauren (Jeff) Langley; 13 great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Robert ‘Bobby’ Kerr; and nieces and nephews. Besides her husband and parents, Dot was predeceased by her sisters, Blanche Elizabeth ‘Libby’ Powell, and Derusha Virginia ‘Jean’ Ferguson; and a son-in-law, Mike Fisher.

A woman before her time, Dot epitomized an independent female. Whether traveling alone by train to Texas to marry her soldier during World War II, developing a training program for tellers, or managing a home and family, Dot confidently and skillfully completed every task demonstrating to her family the importance of always striving to do your best. But by far, her greatest legacy is the gift of love for family that she instilled in all of us. The innate need for connectedness, regardless of the miles that may separate us, and the true, loving concern for each other that was nurtured and modeled as a nonnegotiable element of our family. Thank you Mom for, with Dad’s partnership, teaching us what really matters in life.

A service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, at First United Methodist Church, 3031 Luxembourg St., Norfolk. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. The viewing will be one hour prior to the service.

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