Virginia Sydnor Lovering, 80, fiercely proud Virginian with a refined taste and elegance

Virginia Sydnor Lovering
Virginia Sydnor Lovering

Virginia Sydnor Lovering, of Virginia Beach, died Nov. 6, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. She was 80.

Known as “Terry” to her legions of friends, she was born on June 28, 1935, in Richmond. The beloved daughter of the late Thomas Austin and Virginia Terrell Sydnor and the sister and sister-in-law of the late Thomas Austin Sydnor Jr., M.D and his wife Peggy, Terry attended St. Catherine’s School in Richmond, where she was an All-Southern field hockey player, and Hollins College. She spent her junior year of college in Paris, which began a lifelong passion for France.

In 1957, she married the love of her life, Joseph S. Lovering Jr. and they were happily together, until death did they part. Terry was a master gardener, a member of the Virginia Beach Garden Club, a renowned chef and a fiercely proud Virginian. With her refined taste and elegance, she co-founded the Laughing Gull Gift Shop in Virginia Beach and helped run it for many years.

She always had a special place in her heart for Vermont. For nearly six decades, she and Joe spent two weeks in Bridgewater each year with dear friends.

She was devoted to her children and their spouses, Virginia L. Hopkins (Rick), of East Montpelier, Vermont and Joseph S. Lovering III (Lisa), of Bedford, New York; and her grandchildren, Carola T. Lovering, Charles S. Lovering, Elizabeth A. Lovering, Terrell S. Hopkins, Austin R. Hopkins and Alden H. Hopkins. They will all miss her radiant beauty, sense of humor and love of fun.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, at the Eastern Shore Chapel Cemetery, 2020 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Terry’s name to the Vermont Land Trust, 8 Bailey Avenue, Montpelier, VT 05602.

Please leave online condolences for the family at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apt.

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