Doris Mae Hamilton

March 19, 1937 - January 5, 2024

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Virginia Beach- Doris Mae Hamilton passed away Friday morning, January 5th, 2024. She had a strong heart – and will – and despite living with a debilitating lung infection and losing 2/3 of her right lung at a young age, she excelled in all that she did. She overcame numerous physical challenges, living 86 years.

She was born March 19th, 1937 to Florence Mae Helsel and Donovan Kenneth Hamilton. She had two sisters, Patricia Shelby and Diane Mays, who preceded her in death. She went on to marry James E. Bussey, Jr. and had a son, James E. Bussey, III. Then as a divorced young mom, she worked at Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, DC (most notably on the Polaris Submarine Program) while attending night school. She eventually attained the status of GS-13 in her government service and retired early due to issues associated with her lung debilities.

She was married to Arthur Storer from 1965 to 1982. She retired in the early 1980s as a budget analyst with the US Navy. She had the opportunity to travel with friends to Australia and Europe before devoting herself to world and weather watching, her homemaking skills, and her family. She made frequent phone calls of encouragement to ensure all of her family knew to be prepared for every severe impending weather condition coming their way!

She had a penchant for following politics closely and knowing national events. Whenever her health permitted, she supported local family and cultural events having regularly attended the National Symphony Orchestra and Opera for many seasons.

She is survived by her son, James Edward Bussey, III, and wife, Amy, seven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

She was a very generous, organized, and disciplined woman who was exemplary in so many ways and she will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will be held privately by the family.

Cremation & Funeral Services of Tidewater is assisting her family.

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Chris Jensen
1 month ago

Aunt Doris was always a kind and beautiful woman. She’ll be missed!

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