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Dorothy L. Kenion


Sunrise: October 22, 1929

Sunset: June 7, 2018

Dorothy (Ms. Dot) Lorraine Jane Kenion slipped quietly and peacefully into the loving arms of her Heavenly Father early Thursday morning, June 7, 2018 at Sentara Hospice House, Virginia Beach. Dorothy was a long-time member of St. Paul AME church before joining Bethany Baptist Church in Chesapeake, VA. Dorothy was born on October 22, 1929 in Washington County, North Carolina to the late Josephine Cleo Norman and Wilbert Howard.  Dorothy graduated from Booker T. Washington High School.  She was a devoted and dedicated wife and mother to her five children. She was gifted with many talents, but exceled as a self-taught seamstress.

Dorothy leaves to cherish her memory, her five devoted children: two daughters and two sons-in-law, Connie Portlock (William) and Sharon Wilkins (Bob); three sons and daughters-in-law, Earl Wood (Phyllis); Gregory Kenion (Vonda) and Anthony Kenion (Annette);17 grandchildren, 14 great-grand children  and 4 great-great grandchildren.  She also leaves to cherish her memory one sister and brother-in-law, Doretha N. Bagby (Walter) of Chesapeake, VA.; two brothers, William S. Norman (Elizabeth) and Kenneth Norman (Antoinale); Sister-in-Law, Lorraine Woods and a host of other relatives.

Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents/step-parent, Josephine Cleo and James Corbett Norman, Wilbert Howard; two sisters, Marjorie Baum and Joyce Pitts; Five brothers, Tyrone Norman, Joseph Woods, William Haywood Woods,  Earl S. Woods,  Benjamin Woods  and Richard Woods.

Viewing Thursday, June 14, 2018 Metropolitan Funeral Service Granby Street Family Receiving Friends Thursday, June 14, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm Metropolitan Funeral Service Granby Street Service WATCH FUNERAL LIVE ONLINE Friday, June 15, 2018 2:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service Granby Chapel Interment Calvary Cemetery 1600 St. Julian Avenue Norfolk, VA 23504

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    A. Giles says

    Sincere condolences to the Kenion family from the Riddick, Giles and Picou family. Our hearts are truly saddened to hear of her passing. Ms. Dorothy was like family to us. She was one of our Mom’s closest friends and will truly be missed. If there is anything that we can do, please contact us.

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    Krystyl Forster says

    I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts.

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    Karen Mackllin says

    My sweet Ms. Connie, sometimes people say” Oh I know just how you feel” but in this case I do know just how you feel. I didn’t have the opportunity to meet your mother, but if you are the indication of how your mother lived her life, I just want to say job well done. If you need anything please don’t hesitate to call on me.

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    Dawn Rykheart says

    Connie – Looking at your mom’s picture, it’s easy to see where your timeless beauty comes from! I know you loved and appreciated her, and that you cherish all of the years you had together. My thoughts are with you and your family. My love is with you always.

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    Nadine Bialowas says

    Connie, So sorry for your loss. It was not that long ago we were talking about her at VARO. She is now at peace. She will always be in your heart and mind.

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    Donnell C. Alston, President, BTW Class of 1969 Alumni Association says

    To Connie and family, we offer our heartfelt condolences at the passing of your precious mother. May God’s holy word bring your comfort in your time of sorrow and grief.

    “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” ~ Romans 8:38-39

    Know that you are in our prayers in the difficult days ahead.

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    Diane M Szabo says

    Connie and family. Praying for you all during your time of grief.

    Much love, Diane

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    D.Darceline Harris says

    Connie & Earl, saddened by your loss…
    God bless you during this difficult time & always.
    Larry & Darceline Harris & Family
    Psalms 23

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    Janice White says

    My prayers are with you and your family. May God comfort you and your family at this time. gone but will always have that special place in your hearts.

    Janice white & Family

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    Sally Carroll says

    Connie, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. May God bless you during this very difficult time. Carry her with you in your heart and know that she is now in peace.

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    Patrice Irving says

    Connie, Earl and family, extending my deepest thoughts and prayers to you at this time of loss. God bless you.

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    Sherry Camp says

    Connie, So sorry to learn of your Mother’s passing. May your fond memories give you peace and comfort. Prayers to you and your family during this most difficult time.

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    Eleanor Arrington says

    I would like to extent my most sincere and heartfelt condolences to you all in the passing of your Mother. My you find peace and solace in knowing that your loved one will forever remain in your hearts; cherish your memories as it will ease the pain. May God continue to comfort you all and give you the strength needed during this difficult time.

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    Eleanor Arrington says

    I would like to extent my most sincere and heartfelt condolences to you all in the passing of your Mother. May you find peace and solace in knowing that she is in a better place. Cherish your memories of her as she will forever remain in your hearts.May God continue to give you comfort and strength during this difficult time.

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    Denise Y Brown says

    Connie, my prayers for you and your family during this time. I see where you got your grace beauty hospitality and such a big heart in a little lady from. I ask God to cover your family with his love and comfort rocking you gently in his arms.

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