Doris Meredith Larson, age 83 of Fairfax, died Friday Sept. 25, 2009 in Fairfax Nursing Center.
She was a longtime resident of Pulaski, living the past seven years in northern Virginia. She was born May 17, 1926 in Snowville, and was the daughter of the late Cornelia Cox Meredith and Kyle Howe Meredith, and wife of the late William Arthur Larson.
She is survived by a loving daughter Nelia Ann Larson-Mann and her husband Robert of South Riding; two brothers Vernon John Meredith of Knoxville, Tenn. and Thomas Meredith of Roanoke; and a host of special friends, caregivers, nieces and nephews.
Doris was a lady of many interests and talents – artist, collector, writer, confectioner, and public servant. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Pulaski and enjoyed being active in the community as a “Welcome Wagon” volunteer because she always enjoyed meeting and helping people. Doris was a member of the Sunset Hills Garden Club and Welcome Home Troops committee for the festivities and parade to welcome returning soldiers from the Gulf War. She was the campaign manager for Trooper Norman Dowdy when he ran for sheriff. Doris worked for Allied Chemical in Pulaski, where she met and later married her husband Bill. She later worked for and was retired from the Town of Pulaski after twenty-three years where she proudly served as secretary to four police chiefs during her career. She was widely known for being Pulaski’s “Hat Lady” and for her cakes of all occasions she called “Cakes by Doris & Nelia.” In her retirement, she wrote articles for The Southwest Times newspaper. In June 2002, Doris moved from Pulaski to northern Virginia to be closer to her daughter. She continued her legacy as the “Hat Lady” wherever she went and will be specially remembered as the lady with the pretty hats at both The Gardens Assisted Living and Fairfax Nursing Center.
In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by four brothers Robert Dewey Meredith, Gilbert Howe Meredith, Horace Kyle Meredith, and James Wendell Meredith; and two sisters, Geraldine Faye Lowman and Virginia Madge Kessler.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Seagle Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday afternoon, 3-5 p.m. at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.seaglefuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Seagle Funeral Home, Pulaski.