Shirley Frances Imperial, 91, enjoyed her time as a docent

Shirley Frances Imperial, 91, of Virginia Beach, passed away Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, at her home. She was a native of St. Augustine, Florida, and the daughter of the late Esther W. Angwin and Arthur Marks. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of over 61 years, Leo J. Imperial; and mother-in-law, Elsie Imperial.

Immediately upon graduation from high school, she attended Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, where she met her late husband, Leo. They were married March 19, 1949, in Flagler Memorial Presbyterian Church, St. Augustine, Florida, and in 1951, they moved to Virginia where they raised their family. Shirley was devoted to raising their children and worked for Norfolk Public Schools for a short time before retiring with her husband in 1987.

They moved back to St. Augustine, Florida, where Shirley was a dedicated docent providing tours at Flagler Memorial Presbyterian Church and volunteering with the Dr. Peck House and Women’s Exchange. She was a lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi, where she received many honors and awards. They returned to Norfolk in 2006 to continue to enjoy their retirement.

Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Michael, and his wife, Beverly, Mark, and his wife, Karen, Lee and Robert, and his wife, Pattie; daughter, Shirlen; six grandchildren, Michelle, and her husband, Chris, Meagan, and her husband, Josh, Brianne, and her husband, Andrew, Brooke, Kathryn and Jonathan; five great-grandchildren, Vinny, Adriana, Max, Emy and Alex; two cousins, Joseph Johnson and Brenda North; two nephews, Alex and Dennis; niece, Susan; and several great-nieces, great-nephews and close family friends.

The family would like to thank caregivers, Dawn Finn and Damaris Seda, for their compassion and care of our dear mother.

A funeral service will be held at 4 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 19, at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Road Chapel, with the Rev. Libby Rollins officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice or Flagler Memorial Presbyterian Church in St. Augustine, Florida.

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

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