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A virtual memorial service for Virginia will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 10 am EST. Please email VirginiaPauschMemorial@gmail.com for details if you would like to attend.

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Virginia Dorey Pausch, 95, of Lynchburg passed away Saturday, February 13, 2021. She was the wife of the late Frederick Richard Pausch.

Virginia was born on November 20, 1925 in Henrico County, Virginia, the eldest daughter of the late Fred Orwin Dorey and Belle Ferguson Dorey. She grew up on her family’s dairy farm and received a B.A. in Education from Radford University in 1946 and a M.A. in English Literature from the University of Virginia in 1950. Throughout the course of her long teaching career, she taught at Morrison High School near Newport News, VA and at Towson Senior High School and Howard High School in Howard County, MD. During their retirement, she and her husband tutored many students in English as a second language through their organization, Up With Kids.

Virginia enjoyed playing bridge and watching football. She appreciated art and enjoyed attending classes at several art museums. She was a member of the Howard County Poetry & Literature Society, numerous book clubs, and the Howard County Master Gardeners. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Howard County where she was a choir member, Sunday school teacher, and church librarian. Virginia was a world traveler and visited six continents. Many of her trips with her husband were in pursuit of promoting educational opportunities for girls and women from other countries.

Virginia moved to Lynchburg, VA in 2011 to be close to her family and resided at the Summit until her death.

She is survived by daughter Tamara “Tammy” Pausch Mason of Lynchburg, surrogate daughters, Esti Nugraheni of Indonesia and Ruby Lu (Brian Viard) of China, daughter-in-law Jai Essenmacher (Rich) of Norfolk, six grandchildren, Laura Woolley Davis (Clayton), Christopher Woolley, Dylan Pausch, Logan Pausch, Micajah Mason, and Chloe Pausch, two great-grandsons, Brennan Davis and Nikolai Davis, two brothers, Fred “Jack” Dorey and Lee “Rex” Dorey, sister Mary Widmer, and many nieces, nephews, and good friends around the world. In addition to her husband, parents, and three siblings, she was preceded in death by one son, Randolph “Randy” Pausch.

A virtual memorial service for Virginia will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 10 am EST. Please email VirginiaPauschMemorial@gmail.com for details if you would like to attend.

In lieu of flowers please consider making memorial contributions to the Salvation Army.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

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Posted by:
David Hugo Barrett

Posted on:
March 2, 2021

I served with Virginia on the board of HoCoPoLitSo (the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society) in Maryland and I along with other board members was disappointed when she informed us of her decision to relocate to Virginia nine or ten years ago. Her presence was such that I would refer to her in such a way as to imply she was still on the I am fortunate to have known her. David Hugo Barrett, immediate past chairman, HoCoPoLitSo.

Posted by:
Elaine Compton

Posted on:
February 17, 2021

So sorry to hear of Virginia's passing. She was a wonderful person. I played bridge with her on the Wednesday bridge group. She will be greatly missed my thoughts and prayers go out to all of her family.

Posted by:
Maria Ortega Kummer

Posted on:
February 17, 2021

Sending sympathy and prayers to Tammy & the extended family. I thank the Lord for the gifted and generous life of Virginia Dorey Pausch; she made a difference to me and countless others.

Posted by:
Virginia Marshburn

Posted on:
February 16, 2021

Our lives at The Summit Independent Living were enriched by the presence of v Our lives at The Summit Independent Living were enriched by the presence of Virginia Pausch. She contributed much to our community by her brilliance and by her many abilities and talents. She will be remembered a long time. Whatever consolation there may be in friendly sympathy is extended in deepest sincerity to Tammy and other family members. Blessings, Virginia Marshburn

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Alice W. Haskins

Posted on:
February 16, 2021

My sad condolences to Tammy in the passing of your mother. I live in Thunderhill, near your family home in Dalton. Virginia and I taught Sunday School at First Presbyterian church in Howard County and she taught my son at Howard High school. She was one of his biggest mentors and he appreciated her so much. We also played bridge together. God’s blessings to you and your family as you witness your mom’s transition to her heavenly home.

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Linda Storey

Posted on:
February 16, 2021

I worked with Virginia for 16 years and was her colleague in the English department. A devoted educator, parent, and peer, Virginia displayed grace and kindness in every interaction with students and parents. She touched many lives and will be sorely missed. My condolences are extended to her beloved family.

Posted by:
Linda Storey

Posted on:
February 16, 2021

I worked with Virginia for 16 years and was her colleague in the English department. A devoted educator, parent, and peer, Virginia displayed grace and kindness in every interaction with students and parents. She touched many lives and will be sorely missed. My condolences are extended to her beloved family.

Posted by:
Lee & Eva Dorey

Posted on:
February 15, 2021

I remember Va from my age of three years or so. Later at at11 o12 she began to us Bridge. What patience she had!! Lee & Eva

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MARY M MONFRE

Posted on:
February 15, 2021

I'm so sorry to hear of Virginia's passing. I played bridge with her in Columbia, MD, and will always remember her Jello contributions to our little semi annual parties. She was a truly wonderful lady.

 

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