Delores Ann Dempsey Wassum, of 1118 Ramsey Road, Elizabeth City, N. C. formerly of Johnson City, TN, Newport News, VA, and Lake Placid, FL, died August 18, 2008 in Elizabeth City, after an extended illness. She attended and graduated from Science Hill High School and received her Registered Nurse License with the first class of the new Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Johnson City, TN, in 1951. She spent most of her career as an RN with the Veterans Administration Medical Service in Oakland, CA, Johnson City, TN, Roanoke and Hampton, VA. She retired in 1986 after thirty years service.
Delores was preceded in death by her parents, James S. and Beulah Slemp Dempsey, one brother and sister-in-law, James (Jack) C. and Ora Byrd Dempsey of Johnson City, and in 2004 her oldest daughter, Karen Wassum Bone of Toano, VA.
She is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Donald Wassum, at home and also formerly of Johnson City, two daughters, Daralee Wassum Neiesses of Fairfield, WA, and Robin Wassum Taylor of Elizabeth City, NC, seven grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
A graveside memorial service will be held Saturday, August 23, 2008 at 11:00 A. M. at the Monte Vista Memorial Park. Everyone is asked to meet at the cemetery at 10:50 AM.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements for the Wassum family are in the care of Tetrick Funeral Services, 3001 Peoples St., Johnson City, TN 37604. (423) 610-7171.