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Mary Ann (Dickerson) Shoemaker
September 8, 1937 ~ November 8, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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Mary Ann Dickerson Shoemaker, 86, of Virginia, formerly of New Haven, passed away on Wednesday, November 8, 2023 at the age of 86. Mary Ann was born in Bardstown, KY on September 8, 1937 and was the oldest of 8 children. She graduated from St. Catherine’s Catholic High School in New Haven, KY and then attended St Joseph Nursing School in Louisville, graduating as an RN. On June 11, 1960, she married Hugh Shoemaker and began the life of a Navy wife. Over the course of 20+ years they lived in Florida, Maryland, Scotland, Virginia, California and Rhode Island. Mary Ann enjoyed the travel and experiences that the Navy provided her family, most notably their 3 years in Scotland. She worked as a head nurse while in Florida and an operating room nurse for many years in both Rhode Island and Virginia. Mary Ann was a very skilled seamstress and embroiderer. In addition to clothes for herself, she made numerous dresses, vests, and Halloween costumes for her grandchildren. A life long history lover, Mary Ann became active in the Fairfax County Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, was a regular docent at the DAR Museum in Washington DC, donated numerous books of Nelson County KY to the National DAR Library and put together a book of her ancestry which she also donated to the DAR library. Mary Ann and Hugh traveled extensively in their later years with many cruises and tours of Europe, South America, Australia, New Zealand, the Panama Canal and China. Mary Ann was pre-deceased by her devoted husband of 63 years, Hugh Shoemaker and a much-loved daughter, Jenifer Shoemaker. She is survived by 3 remaining children Mike Shoemaker, Tim Shoemaker (Sarah) and Ann Mahoney (Kevin); 2 grandchildren Theresa and Mitch Mahoney; along with 7 siblings. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Joseph L. Greenwell Funeral Home with burial to follow in St. Catherine Cemetery. Friends may visit 5-7 p.m. Monday and after 8 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Her family thanks the caring staff at Brightview Woodburn in Annandale, VA along with VITAS Hospice for their devoted care of Mary Ann.