Dorothy Ranson Proudman

March 13, 1915 - December 5, 2016
Dorothy Ranson Proudman

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Dorothy R. Proudman died on December 5, 2016 at the Williamsburg Landing.  She was approaching 102 years old, having been born March 13, 1915 in Hampton, VA.  Dot graduated from Hampton High School and Farmville State Teachers College (now Longwood University).  She taught in the Hampton school system before her marriage to Earnest D. Proudman on December 28, 1940.  She and Ernest enjoyed a honeymoon to California, where he was an engineer with Lockheed.  Now she makes another, more important trip to join her beloved Ernest who died in October 2012.

When the many who knew and loved her hear the name of Dot Proudman, two attributes immediately come to mind:  hospitality and graciousness.  She truly never met a stranger and gladly opened her home to all her relatives and friends whenever they could visit.  Among her many skills were expertise in bridge and knitting.  She was virtually unbeatable in bridge and, amazingly, could remember which cards had not been played right down to the last trick.  For many years, she contributed masterfully knitted sweaters and hats to F.I.S.H.

In their almost 72 years of marriage, “Dot and Ernie” particularly enjoyed times with their family, keeping up with friends and traveling.  But mostly, they enjoyed experiencing life together.  Mrs. Proudman is survived by her daughter, Suzanne Cowles (Carter); her granddaughter, Cynthia Cragg (Robert); her great-granddaughter, Berlin Elizabeth Cragg.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Virginia and Norman Ranson; as well as two grandchildren, Christopher and Pamela Cowles.

The family will receive friends on Monday, December 12, 2016 from 5:00-6:30PM at Bucktrout Funeral Home, 4124 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188.  A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, December 13 at 11:00AM in the Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, 215 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185.  Interment will be private.  The family wishes to thank the staff at Woodhaven Assisted Living for their loving and capable care throughout Mrs. Proudman’s stay there.  In Mrs. Proudman’s memory contributions may be made to Dream Catchers Therapeutic Riding Center, 10120 Fire Tower Road, Toano, VA 23168.  Online condolences may be shared at


Tuesday, December 13, 2016
11:00 AM

Williamsburg Presbyterian Church - Directions
215 Richmond Road
Williamsburg, VA 23185

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