Sue Sheldon Donaldson

7 juillet 19377 mai 2021

Sue Marshall Sheldon Donaldson, 83, of Williamsburg died Friday, May 7, 2021. For decades, she was a “professional volunteer” leader in the Williamsburg arts community.

The daughter of Keith and Martha Volk Marshall, she grew up in Newport News, Hampton, and Gloucester and was graduated from Gloucester High School. She attended the College of William & Mary as a member of the class of 1959.

A founding member of An Occasion for the Arts (AOFTA), she served variously as president, secretary, artistic director, and for four decades a member of the board. She held leadership positions with the Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center (WCAC, formerly This Century Gallery) and, as a long-term member of the exhibitions committee, arranged showings of artistic works. She was a representative on the Williamsburg Area Arts Commission.

She believed art needs to be appreciated and artistic achievement promoted. She developed a keen, discriminating eye in building a much-admired collection of paintings in various media, sculpture, and pottery. She became an accomplished watercolor artist. Sue was a strong supporter of Child Development Resources (CDR) and its mission helping children with special needs. For several years she served as a principal coordinator of its annual fund-raising auction and as a board member.

She also served Avalon, a home for abused women, as a board member. She was a member of the Kingspoint Women’s Club and a volunteer during Historic Garden Week in Williamsburg. Sue took pleasure in cooking, testing, and adopting new heart-healthy recipes and in entertaining a wide circle of friends. She enjoyed small-boat sailing and foreign travel. Her family gatherings on the Outer Banks were celebrations of love.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Army Captain Charles M. Sheldon, killed in Vietnam in 1966, and her sister, Ann Marshall Webb of Gloucester.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, John E. Donaldson; her son, Kennon “Ken” M. Sheldon (Melanie) of Columbia, MO; two daughters, Keith “Kiki” Sheldon (Kevin Young) of Eugene, OR; and Jennifer D. Hubbard (Colin) of Telluride, CO; grandchildren, Camber, Sarah and Tristan Sheldon; Phoebe Sheldon Young and Piper Sheldon Young; Ryder and Kai Hubbard; and a nephew, Keith Webb of Gloucester.

The family will unite to place Sue’s ashes at rest in the William & Mary Memorial Garden on campus on a yet-to-be-determined date in June. The Contemporary Art Center will coordinate a broader celebration of her life later this summer or early fall. Memorial donations to honor her memory may be made to WCAC, P.O. Box 388, Williamsburg, VA 23187, or CDR, P.O. Box 280, Norge, VA 23127, or AOFTA, P.O. Box 363, Williamsburg, VA 23187, or The William & Mary Foundation (Fund 4980--Studio Art Innovation), P.O. Box 1693, Williamsburg, VA 23187. Online condolences may be shared at www.nelsenwilliamsburg.com.


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Sue Sheldon Donaldson


Dr. Carole HarrisonSeaboltMartinie“Buni”🐇 MILES

25 mai , 2021

My first thought was: Oh SUE!!! How can ART go on without💫U???

Such a warm welcoming hostess @ all those amazing Williamsburg Gallery Openings encouraging other now elderly Artists while confiding Who was Who (& had done what lately!)

—Sweet Sue seemed to habitually minimize her own dormant talent which was always there— in every Artwork she hung, Morsel she made, Insight she shared, Outfit she wore, Watercolor she painted & Word she said!🕊

Sue will be greatly🎨missed…🍷🐇

stuart dopp

20 mai , 2021

Dear John and family,

Dan and I are so saddened to learn of Sue's death, and are thinking of you. We will miss seeing her smile at the Farmers Market and at art lectures / events, along with so many other W&M occasions. We know you will miss her dearly and constantly. May happy memories bring comfort. We send our sincere sympathy,
Stuart Dopp

Edith and Jerry Chutkow

14 mai , 2021

Please accept our deepest condolences. The passing of Sue is not only a sad loss for her family but a loss for the entire community. As former neighbors we will miss her,
Edith and Jerry Chutkow

Brad and Lina Molineux

14 mai , 2021

We are saddened by the news of the passing of Sue last week. Lina and I are keeping the Donaldson family in our thoughts, and prayers.

Jack Kossler

12 mai , 2021

I'm so sorry to learn of her death. Peg and I always were happy to see her at the Gallery.

Jack Kossler

Winnie Fratkin

12 mai , 2021

We were saddened to see that Sue had passed away. She was one of the first ladies I met when I moved to Williamsburg in 1967. We both played in a weekly bridge game for years. I will always remember how caring she was and what wonderful contributions she made to the Williamsburg community.
After moving to Richmond we would come back to Williamsburg for the Occasion for the Arts and catching up with her was always as enjoyable as the art show.
Please now that we are thinking of her family at this time.

Winnie Fratkin

Nancy Hummel

12 mai , 2021

Dear Donaldson Family,
Sue was an integral part of the Gallery. It was such a joy to know her. In your grief be proud and grateful to have been a part of her life.
With Sympathy,
John and Nancy Hummel

Jep and Lis Doley

12 mai , 2021

Lis and I were truly saddened to learn of your loss.
Sue and I shared the same easily remembered birth date, 07/07. From my youth at Gloucester Point, surviving together the Camp Hanky Pank Days, until the present, for around seventy years I have considered her a wonderful friend and a “bright spot”!
Jep and Lis Doley

Ed Walton

8 mai , 2021

I was so sorry to hear of Sue's death. She was a wonderful wife, mother and person and her death must be a great loss to John, Kiki, Kenny and Jennifer. My greatest regret is that while she has been a wonderful friend dating back more than sixty-five years, I have not had an opportunity to see her in several years. I know how much John will miss her and my thoughts are with him and the children.