Fitzgerald, Charlotte Dennis

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Ms. Charlotte Dennis Fitzgerald, 81, of Christiansburg, Virginia passed away at home surrounded by loved ones on Thursday, May 3, 2007.

She was born on October 22, 1925, the youngest of three daughters, to the late Mr. and Mrs. John W. Dennis of Salem, Va. Her son, Peter Fitzgerald, preceded her in death.

She is survived by three children, John D. McBryde of Montgomery, Ala., Marion M. Robey of Matthews, N.C., and Marshall P. Fitzgerald of Charlotte, N.C.; two sisters, Jean Dennis Bliss of Atlanta, Ga. and Ann Dennis Logan of San Diego, Calif.; her six grandchildren; and her first great-grandchild who is due in September.

She was born in Mohawk, W.Va. and raised in Salem, Va. She attended Andrew Lewis High School, Montreat College, and Radford College, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Art, Psychology, and Social Studies.

At Radford, she was affiliated with Lambda Sigma Pi and Cotillion Club. She continued her studies in art at Va Tech and UVA while teaching in Roanoke County Schools. In 1970, she moved to Silver Spring, MD where she established At Home Care, Inc., a private nursing registry. While in Maryland, she continued to pursue art through the University of Maryland and the Maryland Institute of Art & Design.

She retired in 1992 and moved to Basye, Va., where she and her business partner and dearest friend, Viki Harman Robertson, started Seven Springs Artisans. Her art was appreciated by many, including a former Governor of Maryland and a former Secretary of Labor, who prize Charlotte’s work as part of their private collections. She was also a business partner in American Heritage RV Park in Williamsburg, Va. before moving to Christiansburg, Va. in 2005 to be closer to her family.

A period of visitation will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2007 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home in Salem, VA. A processional will immediately follow to Sherwood Burial Park for a graveside service that will begin at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to your local hospice organization. Online condolences may be made at The Fitzgerald family is being served by John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home in Salem, 389-5441.