Mary Lawrence Dickerson, 101, retired from a 42-year career in civil service

Mary Lawrence Dickerson
Mary Lawrence Dickerson

Mary Lawrence Dickerson, 101, of Virginia Beach, passed away Monday, July 1, 2019.

Born Nov. 26, 1917, in Creedmoor, North Carolina, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.N. Lawrence. She was the widow of Melville L. Dickerson, who served in the U.S. Navy and was killed in action in the World War II Battle of the Atlantic in June 1943.

Her survivors include her son, Michael Dickerson; two grandchildren, Michael and David; five great-grandchildren, Jonathan, Jennifer, Justin, Katy and Carson; and three great-great-grandchildren, Aiden, Deven and Jaxen.

Mary retired from a 42-year civil service career with the U.S. Naval Supply Center. During her career, she advanced to supervisory positions and was responsible for upgrading the procurement and inventory control systems to service the fleet worldwide. She traveled to most of the supply centers, in the U.S. and other countries, to help install the new systems and teach their use.

She was a longtime member of the London Bridge Baptist Church, where she was actively involved as a Sunday school teacher; member of financial and building committees; leader of a Sunday mission to the River Pointe Nursing and Rehab Center; and member of the church’s senior choir, the Echoes.

Her funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, July 5, at H.D. Oliver Funeral Home, 2002 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach. The family will receive friends prior to the service from noon to 1 p.m. The service will be followed by burial in Princess Anne Memorial Gardens, 1110 N. Great Neck Road, Virginia Beach.

Share online condolences with the family at H.D. Oliver Funeral Home.

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