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Judith Ann (Coggins) Dolson, 82 years old, died Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at Sunrise Senior Living at Hunter Mill, Oakton, Virginia. She was the widow of James Vincent Dolson, who died November 4, 2010. The couple were married for more than 51 beautiful years.
Born December 2, 1937, in Scranton, PA, Judy was the daughter of the late Edward Joseph and Mary (O'Malley) Coggins. She was a 1956 graduate of Central High School in Scranton PA. She was a teacher of children and young adults with special needs for over 28 years in Fairfax County VA (North Springfield Elementary School, Francis Scott Key Intermediate School and McLean High School).
A loving and devoted wife, mother, and friend, Judy was proud of her grandchildren and regularly enjoyed sharing stories about them. Her friendly nature and quick wit were appreciated by those who knew and loved her. She and her husband, Jim, would make regular pilgrimages to Scranton as together they shared a rich history having each been born and raised there. Judy loved to travel (most especially to Ireland and to spend time with her beloved cousin Jean Bynes in Chicago, IL and Fort Myers, FL), eat at restaurants, watch performances of all types, write letters with Jim (with a particular emphasis directed toward those who were without “voices,” marginalized, disenfranchised, or disempowered). She loved to co-host gatherings at home which included lively (raucous) singing, dancing, and tambourine playing with, among others, the Morris family gathered around the piano as Jim's fingers would fly across the ivories. Judy enjoyed talking passionately about politics and was never shy about letting her thoughts and feelings be known. She dearly loved her large circle of longtime colleagues and friends.
Judy was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, Annandale, Virginia and St. James Parish, Falls Church, Virginia.
Judy’s survivors include a son, Andrew of Richmond VA; a daughter, Maria Verroye of Austin TX; three brothers: Gerard Coggins of Bear DE, John Coggins of Seattle WA, and Robert "Jake" Coggins of Tompkinsville PA; one sister: Marybeth Coggins of Long Beach CA; five grandsons: Connor, Brennan, and Cullen Dolson of Richmond VA; Moses Verroye-Cannone and Malick Verroye-Cannone of Austin TX; six granddaughters: Natasha Verroye (Jarred Brown) of Gaithersburg MD; Juliette Verroye of Austin TX; Chloe Verroye (Naomi) of Gaithersburg MD; Maeve Verroye-Cannone, Neve Verroye-Cannone, and Bette Verroye-Cannone of Austin TX; two great-grandchildren, Monty Verroye-Brown and Scarlett Verroye-Brown of Gaithersburg MD.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, James, Thomas and Jeffrey Coggins.
The funeral will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2019, at the Jennings-Calvey Funeral and Cremation Home, 111 Colburn Avenue, Clarks Summit, PA 18411 with visitation beginning at 10:00 am, and a Service at 11:30 am by Pastor Doug Bursch, a dear friend of Judy’s. The interment will be at Clarks Green Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, in Washington, D.C., of which Judy was a founding contributor. https://nmaahc.si.edu/connect/give
To the Family. Our condolence. Isaiah 26:19 in the scriptures says: ‘your dead will live’ which means ‘there is going to be a resurrection.’ Acts 24:15.
RH Jun 5 2019 12:00 AM
To the Family:My sympathy goes to all of you during your time of grief. May the "God of Comfort" (Psalm 83:18) comfort you and help you through this difficult time. Psalms 119:50, 76. Look forward to the fulfillment of the promise at Acts 24:15,“ ... there is going to be a resurrection...”
W.J. May 30 2019 12:00 AM
Dear Maria , Drew and family,I left a message earlier but I am not good with this electronic stuff, so I am not sure if you received it. I just found out about your mom’s passing yesterday afternoon. If I had known I would have attended her services. I loved your mo she was a dear friend. Even though I was not able to travel to visit I kept in touch with her by phone, cards and flowers. We spoke shortly before she died. She told me that she was taking an antibiotic for a cough. I planned to visit her in early June when I was in NC my son was going to drive me.I believe that Judy is at peace and reunited with your Dad. This ear they will be together for their anniversary and your Da’s birthday on May 29th. I am heartsick Because I will miss talking with her. We always had a good time,especially when we went to Ireland with Joe and Jim. Relationships are complicated but your mom was very special and a loving person. I will remember you all in my prayers, I am so very sorry for your loss, but we all know that she is at peace now. You certainly made sure that she had a lovely living arrangement you must have no regrets, you were all devoted to her. She was always so proud of each one and especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Love Rosemary Gordon
Rosemary gordon May 26 2019 12:00 AM
Judy Dolson - Truly one of a kind. We will miss you terribly. With much love, Your Florida Family
May 24 2019 12:00 AM