Diana ‘Dee Dee’ Nash Wainwright, 78, known for her warmth and compassion

Diana 'Dee Dee' Nash Wainwright
Diana ‘Dee Dee’ Nash Wainwright

Diana “Dee Dee” Nash Wainwright, 78, passed away Friday, Oct. 4, 2019.

A native and lifelong resident of Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Dee Dee raised her two sons, Bob and Nash, in the West Ghent area of Norfolk. In later years, she worked as a produce and salad bar manager at Farm Fresh and other local grocery stores. She was an animal lover and always had dogs and cats sharing her home and often took in strays. Her warm, compassionate personality will be missed by her family and everyone who knew her.

Dee Dee was preceded in death by her father, Camillus A. Nash III; and companion of many years, Gilbert Lee Smith Sr. She is survived by her sons, Bob Wainwright III and Nash Wainwright, Nash’s wife, Sherry, and their children Brooke, Drake, and Sam; brother, Mill Nash of San Francisco, and his wife, Lauren Schwartz, and their children, Parker and Finn; sister, Marnet Nash of Chesapeake, and her husband, Eric Menden, and their children Emma, Meg, Libby and Nash; sister, Marion Matravers of Tucson Arizona; stepmother, Ridgely Nash of Norfolk; and her cat, Saboo.

For their compassionate care, the family would like to thank all of Dee Dee’s caregivers including Spring, Shannon, Kerstain, Jasmine and Cherish.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 1801 Baltic Ave., Virginia Beach.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dee Dee’s name to the American Cancer Society or Virginia Beach SPCA at tmcfunding.com.

Share online condolences with the family at Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory.

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