Doris Giddens Hvazda

November 26, 1919 - March 4, 2016
Doris Giddens Hvazda

Doris Giddens Hvazda, 96, of Williamsburg, Virginia, died Friday, March 4, 2016 in Brookdale of Williamsburg Assisted Living, where she received care from Gentiva Hospice. Born November 26, 1919, in Phillipsburg, NJ, she was the daughter of the late Warren and Calla (Male) Giddens. Doris was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Dr. Wassyl John Hvazda, and is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Gloria and Charles A. McFadden, also of Williamsburg, Virginia.
Doris graduated from Easton High School, PA in 1937 and then attended Churchman Business School before becoming an executive secretary to the president of the Metropolitan Edison Company. She taught Sunday school and served on the church council at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Northampton, PA.
Throughout her life, Doris easily gained friendships. She enjoyed travel, whether on a Caribbean cruise or going to a Broadway play. Later in life, her passion for reading was renewed and included reading “Time” magazine from cover-to-cover, after which she engaged in many a political discussion with her son-in-law. Doris always had a deep love for animals. The family wishes to thank her home caregivers who were so supportive in this last year.
A memorial service to celebrate Doris’s Life will be held at Brookdale of Williamsburg Assisted Living, Brandon House, 3800 Treyburn Dr., Williamsburg, on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 2:00PM. Inurnment will be held in St. Bede Catholic Church columbarium at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Heritage Humane Society, 430 Waller Mill Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185 or to your local animal shelter.


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  • March 08, 2016
    Monica Semler says:
    Gloria & Charles ......Sorry to read about Mom's passing. She lived a good life. I was her hairdresser on Lincoln Ave. Always enjoyed her company....she was a great lady!!!! Monics