Dorothy Ann McLaughlin

October 17, 1927June 30, 2013

Dorothy Ann McLaughlin (nee Dettmer) of Williamsburg, VA passed away Sunday, June 30, 2013, at the age of 85.

Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the memorial service at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, 215 Richmond Rd., Williamsburg, where she was a member for 19 years, on Saturday, July 20, 2013, at 1 PM.

An only child of Henry Nicholas and Adeline Dorothea Dettmer, Dorothy was born and raised in Rockville Centre, NY.

Mrs. McLaughlin was a graduate of The College of William and Mary, Class of 1949. She remained active in her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta.

Mrs. McLaughlin served in Suffolk County, Long Island, NY as a Social Worker placing adoptive children with their new families for over 25 years while she raised her own family before retiring to Fords Colony and Windsor Meade in Williamsburg, VA.

She enjoyed spending time with her friends and family, attending church activities, reading, volunteering, exercising and traveling.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 60 years, George Bennett (Ben) McLaughlin, and is survived by her sons, Craig and Scott and his wife, Yvette, and four grandchildren, Alison, Shelby, Evan and Trevor.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Williamsburg Presbyterian Church Building Fund at 215 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185 or The College of William and Mary, School of Business at P.0. Box 1693 Williamsburg, VA 23187. Online condolences may be expressed at


  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 20, 2013

Dorothy Ann McLaughlin

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Barbara Neary

July 11, 2013

To Dottie's family, I will miss your Mom almost as much as you will. She & I were Va. Symphony "dates". Your Mom, as you must already know, was such an upbeat, happy individual. I am so glad I got to know her & talk with her on many occasions. She loved each of you so very much. She was a great volunteer here at WindsorMeade, a lot of people will miss her. The saving grace is knowing she is in a far better place.

July 8, 2013

Dottie and I worked together on the Gamma Phi Beta House Corporation Board. She was a wonderful support to the chapter and the board. She helped in so many ways and was recognized recently at the 80th birthday party for the chapter at WM. We will all miss her. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family. Susie Stewart

Gowan Kearney

July 8, 2013

Dear Craig and Scott,
I am so sad to hear of your mothers passing.I have known your parents since middle school and was so thrilled that when I moved to Ford's colony, we were neighbors and attended to the same church. It's funny how our lives crossed. I just want you to how special your parents were. They were so kind and supportive when I truly needed help. They were so wonderful ,I will remember them always. My love and prays go to you and your family.
Love, Gowan Kearney

Suzanne Douglas

July 7, 2013

Dear Craig and Scott,

Please accept my deepest sympathies for the passing of your mother. She was a vibrant, open, happy woman, always ready with a smile, and I know you will miss her deeply. Craig, you were such a support when I lost my brother, and I can only hope that we can offer you some comfort in return during this very, very difficult time.