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Shelley Burton Fox

March 31, 1949May 11, 2020

Shelley Burton Fox of Virginia Beach, 71, passed away peacefully on May 11, 2020. Shelley was born in Portsmouth, Virginia on March 31, 1949 to the late G. Shelton Burton and Frances D. Burton. She was a graduate of Portsmouth Catholic High School and Old Dominion University. Shelley was a kind and caring teacher at Star of the Sea Catholic School in Virginia Beach.

She is survived by her loving husband, Eric L. Fox, and her loving sons, Ryahn Jones and Jahn Mychal Fox. She is also survived by her precious and beloved granddaughter, Elina Fox.

In addition, she is survived by four siblings; Margaret Anne Levitin and husband Dr. Frederic Levitin, Janice L. Burton, Michael B. Burton, Hilda B. Fleischer and husband Dr. Howard Fleischer, and many loving nieces and nephews.

She will be remembered for her compassion and generosity. Shelley was truly one of God's works of art. The family wishes to thank the many friends and family for their love and support during her illness.

Donations may be made in her memory to Star of the Sea Catholic School or charity of choice. Woodlawn Funeral Home is handling arrangements, and the services will be private.


  • Eric L. Fox, Husband
  • Ryahn Jones, Son
  • Jahn Mychal Fox, Son
  • Elina Fox, Granddaughter
  • Margaret A. Levitin (Dr. Frederic Levitin), Sister
  • Janice L. Burton, Sister
  • Michael B. Burton, Brother
  • Hilda B. Fleischer (Dr. Howard Fleischer), Sister
  • G. Shelton Burton, Father (deceased)
  • Frances D. Burton, Mother (deceased)
  • and many loving nieces and nephews

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  • Cremation with Private Family Service


Shelley Burton Fox

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Adrienne Chadwin

May 17, 2020

Shelley was the sister I never had. Her humor, warmth and wisdom helped me cope with my ups and downs through the years. Her love for Eric, her sons, her sisters and brother and the light of her life, Elina, showed all of us how it's done. She's at peace now and she will always be a blessed memory to all of us.


May 14, 2020

My love and prayers are with the entire family. The memories just came flooding back when I read of this loss, so many of them. Such a beautiful person and a good friend for many years. Our lives take us in different directions and places but the fondest memories can never be taken away.

Love to all,

Mary Jo

Camille Wurm

May 13, 2020

I will always remember Shelley’s amazing warmth, her smile, laugh and fun sense of humor. She was a beauty as the Burton women are.
This is such a deep loss for her family and friends.
Her goodness is a wonderful memory but love is immortal. ❤️

Pam Wells

May 13, 2020

When I think about Shelley I remember the first time I met her in Greenville, NC. A precious, vibrant young college student. And then the last time I saw her, some 50 years later sitting with her on her couch talking and laughing for half the night. And all the sweet memories in between. Shelley was one of the sweetest, smartest, kindest, most sincere person I have ever known. I just cannot grasp the fact that she is no longer here but I rejoice that she now knows what we all long for sitting with God and her wonderful mother and daddy. No more pain.
My heart is broken for the loss of her but my life is richer for knowing her.
Eric, boys and Burton’s stay strong until you see her again. I love you all. ❤️❤️❤️

John Hudgins

May 13, 2020

I am absolutely heartbroken to hear of Shelly's passing. I have known Shelley all of my life, growing up across the street from her family in West Park View and attending school together from 1st to 12th grade. She was one of the most caring and genuine individuals I have ever known. Although we had not been in contact too much in later years whenever we did connect memories of the old days came flowing back, which I will always cherish.

Rest in Peace dear friend.

Bill Emerson

May 13, 2020

Eric & Family,
I am so sorry to learn of your loss. I have heard many nice things about Shelley I wish I could have known her. You and I have remained real friends for 50 years and I suffer with you, my friend.

Brande Rumpf

May 12, 2020

Eric, Jahn Mychal & Ryan,
Shelley was the absolute sweetest person on the planet. . . I remember many weekends when we would get together at each others house and hang out... Those were the best times!!! In my adult life and professional life I came to know Jan and it reminded me of just how small this world really is… No truer words have been said when you hear, "We lost an angel here on earth and Heaven received one of our greatest!" You are all in my thoughts and prayers during the coming days and please know if there is anything that you need from us, please give us a call. Love always, Brande (Sawyer) & Tracy Rumpf

Barbara Ardagna

May 12, 2020

Class of 1967 PCHS
We played basketball
We were on the school paper (both creative)
We were thespians
And, we got called to the principal’s office to get our sisters out of trouble
We were friends forever
I am deeply sorry for the loss of your beloved Shelley. I pray that God’s mercy be with you during your grief, and as you navigate towards the celebration of her new life.
Love, Barbara Meagher Ardagna

Barry Pollara

May 12, 2020

Shelley was always caring for her family. She was a kind and gentle woman who loved people and gave herself to others. Please accept our condolences in her passing. We will miss her.

Pam Connaughton

May 11, 2020

It was with deep sadness I learned of Shelley's passing into eternal life. I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathy to the Fox and Burton Families. Shelley and I attended elementary and high school together. I do not know if she was named after the English poet, but I do know she wrote wonderful prose. Shelley was a great basketball player for Portsmouth Catholic. Her vibrant personality created fond memories of when we were young adults. I will always remember her warm smile, her golden hair, the twinkle in her eye and her quick wit! May the Holy Spirit, The Great Comforter, grant her Family and friends healing, hope and consolation as they mourn the loss of this beautiful soul! Shelley, may God bless you, keep you and hold you for eternity in His loving embrace.
In faith and love I remain,
Pam Connaughton (Teachey)


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