Carol Ann Peterson Whitehead, 78, of Virginia Beach, passed away Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. She was born Jan. 13, 1941, in Lynn, Massachusetts, the oldest child to the late Marie Rose Alma Richard and Peter Robert Peterson. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Cmdr. William Odell Whitehead, M.D.; sister, Sandra Marie Peterson Sharp; and an infant daughter.
In her early life, Carol was a skilled seamstress and developed her talent for art from her father. She worked as an operating room technician, where she met her husband. She was primarily a homemaker with a wide array of talents and interests. She was an artist in watercolors and pastels and was named 1982 Artist of the Year in Sanford, North Carolina, by the Brush and Palette Club.
Over the years, she enjoyed various arts and crafts, including bead and jewelry making and stained glass. Carol was also a writer, having written several unpublished stories, as well as collections of poems and musings. Carol was an Anglophile who enjoyed keeping up with the royal families of Europe. She was also an avid collector and dealer of antiques. Along with her husband, she was a lover of jazz music and enjoyed many live music performances in the many locations where she lived. This interest led her to co-own and manage the Key West Music Store during the 1980s.
Carol is survived by sons, Glenn Whitehead of the home, Gregg (Dana) Whitehead of Richlands, North Carolina; daughter, Dawn (Marty) Wilson of Hickory, North Carolina; brothers, Allen (Carol) Peterson of Chesapeake, Rick Peterson of Sarasota, Florida, and Tommy Gladden of Indiana; three grandchildren, Elise Wilson, Matthew Wilson and Jason Whitehead; niece, Allison (Hunter) Coords; grand-niece, Eva Marie; and two grand-nephews, Maclain and Nolan.
Carol lived an adventurous life and enjoyed time spent with family and friends. She will be greatly missed.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home. A celebration of life service will follow visitation at 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
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