Gladys Hatcher Dalby

November 28, 1934 - May 25, 2015
Gladys Hatcher Dalby

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Gladys Hatcher Dalby, 80, on May 25, 2015, went to be with our Lord and her first born son John Hatcher Healy. She was born on November 28, 1934, in Sampson County, North Carolina, the fourth child of Gladys and Bernard Alderman. She was raised in Four Oaks, North Carolina by her maternal uncle, John Thomas Hatcher, and his wife, Ruth Geddie Hatcher. Gladys is survived by her husband of thirty five years, James Frederick Dalby of Norfolk,Virginia , and by her two children, Michael Lamont Healy of Waterford, Virginia and Colleen Healy of Cedarburg, Wisconsin. She has six grandchildren: Addie Healy, Polly Healy, Sara Healy, Robert Healy, Grant Boyer and Riley Boyer. She was educated at Four Oaks, NC High School, the University of North Carolina (for her BA degree) and at the University of Maryland (for her MS in Library Science). She was a Reference Librarian in the Fairfax County Virginia, Public Library System for many years. Gladys loved her gardening, reading and serving her Church (Alter Guild and Vestry member in Northern Virginia), as well as playing Bridge and the piano. She was a member of the congregation of the King of Glory Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Williamsburg. A memorial service is planned on June 19, 2015 at the Bucktrout Funeral Home, to be followed by a burial service at the Cedar Grove Cemetery, both in Williamsburg, Virginia. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at the Morningside Assisted Living of Williamsburg and Personal Touch Hospice Services for their compassionate and professional care. The family will receive friends from 12:00pm till 1:00pm on June 19, 2015 at Bucktrout Funeral Home, located at 4124 Ironbound Rd. Williamsburg, VA. prior to the service .


Friday, June 19, 2015
12:00 AM

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  • May 27, 2015
    Vera Finberg says:
    Gladys' work in FCPL contributed to making it a great system. I knew her as part of the Reference Librarians and Reference Book Selectors and her having worked in both small and large libraries made her a welcome contributor.

  • May 31, 2015
    Ellen Einstein says:
    I met Gladys through her son, John. She came to visit him often where he lived and I volunteered. She was a very loving mother and I became friends with her through and about John. She asked if I would like to have him go to her "Escape Hatch" at Topsail Island. He thoroughly enjoyed being at the beach and being spoiled by his mother. I enjoyed the time with her as well. I will miss her sense of humor and her friendship and will think of her often in the coming days. My deepest sympathy to Jim and the family during this difficult time. My thoughts, prayers and love to all of you during this sad time.

  • June 08, 2015
    Marcia Greene says:
    I worked with Gladys at Reston Regional Library and got to know her personally as we went through divorce together and met our second husbands. We shared a lot and attended each other's weddings. I had contact about a month ago when she wrote about her illness. I will always remember her smiles and beauty and grace through trying times. My condolences to Jim, Colleen and Michael and know what a good person she was. She will be missed.

  • May 27, 2015
    Tara says:
    I'm so sorry for your family's loss. God promises to be close to the brokenhearted. PS 34:18. I hope you find comfort in God's promise & in the many wonderful memories you made & shared together. You have my condolences.

  • June 17, 2015
    Barbara Burke Reston /va says:
    My sincere sympathy, to the family of my dear freind Gladys