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Shirley Mae Dalton

March 15, 1928 - June 3, 2016

Passed: June 3, 2016

Virginia Beach – On Friday evening, June 3rd, 2016, GOD presented our angel on earth with her wings and reunited her with the love of her life.  They are now together forever safely in the arms of their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Born in Princess Anne County, Shirley Oldaker Dalton was 88 years old.  She graduated from Oceana High School and was forever a beach native. “Mom” as she was affectionately known to everyone was surrounded by her loving family as she made her ascent into Heaven.  She was the consummate example of a pastor’s wife and proudly served in that capacity.  She was predeceased by her husband, Rev. Gaston F. Dalton, Sr., DD; her parents Audrey and Mary Claire Brown Oldaker; two sisters and four brothers.

Left behind to cherish the memory of this wonderful lady are her three daughters, Mary Ellen McKinney of Vallejo, CA; Phyllis Bungert (Ronnie) and Lois M. Dalton Ritger (John) of Virginia Beach and her son, Gaston F. “Rocky” Dalton, Jr. also of Virginia Beach.  She had ten grandchildren; Christopher McKinney, Philip McKinney (Janelle) and Dante Siracu (Sonia) of CA; Frankie Bungert (Laura); Cindi Markowitz, Benjamin Ritger (Christina) of Virginia Beach; Amy Hummer (Dustin) of Chesapeake; Lynn Ritger (Deb) of Newport News; Kristie Milby of Gloucester, and Gaston F. “Rocky II” Dalton, III (Brittany) of Nutters, VA; as well as twenty-two great grandchildren.  She is also survived by her loving sister, Edith Brandstetter of Strattenburg, PA; as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews across the United States.

Shirley Dalton worked as a secretary in the business her husband founded, Dalton Contracting, Inc.; as well as served as the church secretary of Blessed Hope Chapel in Chesapeake, VA also founded by her husband. Her most cherished role was being a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, friend and mentor to her family as well as the numerous individuals who called her “mom”.  She was a never dimming light to those who knew her and loved her.  She will be greatly missed.

The family would like to extend a special THANK YOU to Dr. Meredith Rose; Dr. Burton Alexander;  the staff in the ICU on 3 East at Sentara Leigh Hospital;  as well as the staff of the Sentara Hospice House for the excellent care, respect and compassion shown to our precious mother during her final days here on earth.

The family will be accepting friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Monday, June 6th, 2016 at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Road in Virginia Beach, VA.  Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 at the funeral home. Rev. Issac Addington of Gloucester, VA will be officiating the service with comments and prayers offered by Rev. John Robert Smith, pastor of Blessed Hope Chapel in Chesapeake, VA; and Rev. C. Todd Haynes, pastor of Suburban Christian Church in Virginia Beach, VA.

Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Monday, June 6, 2016

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location:

Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel

5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462


Service Information

Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Time: 1:00 pm

Location:

Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel

5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462


Cemetery Information

Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Time: 2:30 pm

Location:

Colonial Grove Memorial Park

3445 Princess Anne Road
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456


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