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Joan Katherine Shelton Whanger, 74, of Newport News, VA, passed away surrounded by her family on Monday, September 25, 2017.
She was born on December 25, 1942 in New York, NY, to Dr. James and Mary Brown Shelton.
She grew up in Oak Hill, WV, and graduated from Marshall University in 1964 where she was the President of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority. On December 28, 1966, she wed Thomas F. Whanger of Fayetteville, WV. They lived in the Seattle, WA area before moving to Newport News, VA in 1967, and they recently celebrated 50 years of marriage.
Joan was a lifelong teacher who began her career in Annapolis, MD; Oak Hill, WV; Seattle, WA; and then in Newport News, VA at Yates Elementary. She and Tom were long time members of Hidenwood Presbyterian Church where Joan taught Sunday school and Pre-school. After taking time off to be a mother, she returned to teach Art at Peninsula Catholic High School, Davis Middle School and Lindsay Middle School until her retirement.
In addition to raising 4 children, she enjoyed art, gardening, quilting, her dogs, her Outer Banks beach house, and attending many swim meets with the teams of Glendale Gators, Warwick Yacht Country Club, James River Country Club, Coast Guard Blue Dolphins, Menchville and Ferguson High Schools, Old Dominion University, and University of Virginia for her children and grandchildren.
Joan was preceded in death by Dr. James & Mary Shelton of Oak Hill, WV and A.E. & Beatrice Whanger of Fayetteville, WV.
Left to honor Joan and remember her love are her husband Tom; their 4 children, Elizabeth Hoffman (Howard), Laura Morello (Kevin), David Whanger (Sarah) and Tommy Whanger (Kathleen); their 7 grandchildren, Mary Cate and Charlie Hoffman, Maddie, Claire, and Grady Morello, and Barret and Joslyn Whanger; her 3 brothers, Jim Shelton, Chuck Shelton, and Rick Shelton; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Joan will be remembered as a loving and caring mom who always put her family first, and took joy in taking care of those around her.
A memorial service will be held at St. Andrews Episcopal Church on Saturday, October 7th beginning at 12:30 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Joan Whanger to St. Andrews Episcopal School, 45 Main Street, Newport News, Virginia 23601.
Arrangements are by Weymouth Funeral Home.
Published on October 26, 2017
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