Ann Whetsell Lawson
June 16, 1946 – November 22, 2016
On November 22, 2016, Ann Whetsell Lawson went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Ann Passed away at her home in Leesburg, VA, surrounded by her family. Ann was the loving daughter of the late Aletha Merle and Thomas Lee Whetsell, sister to Helen Cable, Janet Stemple, and Phyllis Barksdale and predeceased by her sister Betty Parks and brothers: Mike Whetsell, Chuck Whetsell, and Buck Whetsell. She was the beloved mother of Wesley Lawson and Adrienne Burton (husband Adam), and two grandsons, Jake and Charlie Burton, who adored her beyond measure.
Ann had unwavering faith in Jesus Christ and her love of God. She valued her time in bible study, Sunday school, and attending worship. She translated her faith, incredible spirit of humility, thankfulness, and heavenly perspective into compassion and love for others. Ann joyfully recalled her spiritual trip to Israel and invested herself in mission work where she taught bible school in Trinidad and Tobago, Tennessee via Appalachian Outreach, and to Sioux Children in South Dakota. She also assisted in the construction of a church while in Trinidad and Tobago.
Her compassion carried over to animals and after retirement from a 44 year career, including 30 years with the Federal Government, she volunteered her time at the Loudoun County Animal Shelter where she cared for horses, dogs, and was a foster mom to dozens of cats and kittens. Her spirit of volunteerism was strong and she greatly enjoyed her time as a Girl Scout leader and teaching English as a second language to adults in the Loudoun community. Her unwavering civic service and work ethic continued throughout retirement and volunteer work at the Loudoun free clinic, Habitat for Humanity, Interfaith Relief, the Hope Kitchen, Cornwall emergency room patient advocacy, and helping children read and complete homework at Loudoun transitional housing.
Ann treasured her trips and vacations with family, especially her grandchildren, sharing Jake and Charlie’s giddiness and joy through each of their first beach experiences. As a mother, sister, grandmother and aunt she was omnipresent in her family’s lives and cherished all time spent with her loved ones and will forever remain in her friends’ and family’s spirit, hearts, and minds.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on December 3, 2016, at Leesburg Community Church located at 835 Lee Avenue SW, Leesburg, VA 20175. Following the service, friends and family are invited to gather for a luncheon and to share memories of Ann in the fellowship hall at Leesburg Community Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations are sent to Leesburg Community Church via the Leesburg Church Foundation, www.leesburgcc.org/tlc, or Loudoun Hunger Relief, www.loudounhunger.org.