|Birth: ||Oct. 8, 1908|
|Death: ||Nov. 8, 2003|
Wife of Matt White Abbitt.
Mother of Atwood Brewton.
Atwood, a committed Christian, educator, teacher, and speaker led a full and active life until her health forced her to give up her activities in Norfolk and move to Florida.
Born in Gloucester, Va., she spent most of her childhood and adult life in Norfolk, graduating from Maury High School in 1925. Atwood graduated from Mary Washington College and the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary.
She did her graduate work in guidance and counseling at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg and became a dedicated teacher and counselor of children in the Norfolk Public Schools, retiring from Blair Junior High School where she had served as counselor for 25 years.
In 1974, The Hampton Roads Personnel and Guidance Association honored her as the "Outstanding Counselor of the Year".
Atwood was a member of Larchmont Baptist Church and became the first woman deacon upon the death of her husband, Matt White Abbitt. She was subsequently elected head deacon and served in the position for many years. In 1991, she was awarded the Norfolk Baptist Association "Layperson of the Year".
Other civic activities include; President of the Norfolk Junior and Senior Women's Club, President of the Joie d Vivre, President of Alpha Delta Kappa, President of the P.E.O., member of the Mayor's Youth Council, and President of the Virginia Retired Teachers Association.
Matt White Abbitt (1908 - 1974)
Forest Lawn Cemetery
Created by: Russ Pickett
Record added: Nov 14, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16649495