Dorothy VanDeMar Abashian, age 78, of Blacksburg, died Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at Kroontje Health Care Center. She was born in Rochester, New York on February 8, 1931 to the late Ralph J. and Mabel Hastings VanDeMar. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Lisa Kathryn Abashian.
She was educated at the University of Rochester and received her masters at Cornell University. She was a member of the Blacksburg United Methodist Church and she was also involved with the YMCA leading hikes and with the bird club.
She is survived by her husband, Alexander Abashian of Ruckersville, Va.; two daughters, Rebecca Cornell of Glenwood, MD, Kimberly Sanders of Dublin; a son, Philip Abashian of Round Hill, Va.; six grandchildren; and a brother, Charles VanDeMar of Honeoye Falls, NY; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 11:00 am in the Blacksburg United Methodist Church with Rev. Reggie Tuck officiating. Interment will follow in Westview Cemetery, Blacksburg. The family will receive friends at the church following the interment. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Montgomery County, P.O. Box 287, Blacksburg, VA 24063-0287 or to The Nature Conservancy, 490 Westfield Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901.
Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg.