Shirley O Dalton

March 15, 1928 - June 3, 2016

03/15/1928 - 06/03/2016

Past Services

Monday June 06, 2016
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel
5033 Rouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 422-4000 | Directions
Tuesday June 07, 2016
1:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel
5033 Rouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 422-4000 | Directions
Tuesday June 07, 2016
2:30 pm
Colonial Grove Memorial Park
3445 Princess Anne Road
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456
757-427-6950 | Directions

Passed: June 3, 2016
Virginia Beach – On Friday evening, June 3rd, 2016, GOD presented our angel on earth with her wings and reunited her with the love of her life.  They are now together forever safely in the arms of their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Born in Princess Anne County, Shirley Oldaker Dalton was 88 years old.  She graduated from Oceana High School and was forever a beach native. “Mom” as she was affectionately known to everyone was surrounded by her loving family as she made her ascent into Heaven.  She was the consummate example of a pastor’s wife and proudly served in that capacity.  She was predeceased by her husband, Rev. Gaston F. Dalton, Sr., DD; her parents Audrey and Mary Claire Brown Oldaker; two sisters and four brothers.
Left behind to cherish the memory of this wonderful lady are her three daughters, Mary Ellen McKinney of Vallejo, CA; Phyllis Bungert (Ronnie) and Lois M. Dalton Ritger (John) of Virginia Beach and her son, Gaston F. “Rocky” Dalton, Jr. also of Virginia Beach.  She had ten grandchildren; Christopher McKinney, Philip McKinney (Janelle) and Dante Siracu (Sonia) of CA; Frankie Bungert (Laura); Cindi Markowitz, Benjamin Ritger (Christina) of Virginia Beach; Amy Hummer (Dustin) of Chesapeake; Lynn Ritger (Deb) of Newport News; Kristie Milby of Gloucester, and Gaston F. “Rocky II” Dalton, III (Brittany) of Nutters, VA; as well as twenty-two great grandchildren.  She is also survived by her loving sister, Edith Brandstetter of Strattenburg, PA; as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews across the United States.
Shirley Dalton worked as a secretary in the business her husband founded, Dalton Contracting, Inc.; as well as served as the church secretary of Blessed Hope Chapel in Chesapeake, VA also founded by her husband. Her most cherished role was being a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, friend and mentor to her family as well as the numerous individuals who called her “mom”.  She was a never dimming light to those who knew her and loved her.  She will be greatly missed.
The family would like to extend a special THANK YOU to Dr. Meredith Rose; Dr. Burton Alexander;  the staff in the ICU on 3 East at Sentara Leigh Hospital;  as well as the staff of the Sentara Hospice House for the excellent care, respect and compassion shown to our precious mother during her final days here on earth.
The family will be accepting friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Monday, June 6th, 2016 at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Road in Virginia Beach, VA.  Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 at the funeral home. Rev. Issac Addington of Gloucester, VA will be officiating the service with comments and prayers offered by Rev. John Robert Smith, pastor of Blessed Hope Chapel in Chesapeake, VA; and Rev. C. Todd Haynes, pastor of Suburban Christian Church in Virginia Beach, VA.

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Susan LeGault
7 years ago

Lois, So sorry for your loss. It is the hardest thing to do to lose a parent. You and your family are in my prayers.

Susan Matthews
7 years ago

For all of Aunt Shirley’s family, our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of great loss. My mama was Uncle Phil’s (half) sister and she had a great love for both Uncle Phil and Aunt Shirley!! I can imagine a really big group hug happening in heaven (or else a long line of those, along with our Lord and Savior, and her precious Phil, waiting to hug your beloved mom)!! Please know that others are praying for your comfort and help from the Lord. With love, Susan (Ginn) Matthews & Family

7 years ago

I envision my Nana and Grandaddy together again for all eternity. They were a true testament of love. And support. So many of my childhood memories involve them. I just know they are together and happy and laughing and loving. My heart misses them and I can’t wait to see them again. To know my nana was to know and witness unconditional love and kindness. I can’t help but think of the many people she picked up to take to church or her complete outrage when watching a tv show with curse words, or the way her face lit up when she saw her children , grandchildren, and great grandchildren. If I live a life half as great as she did I will be blessed. Love you Nana. Enjoy your reunion with Grandaddy. Love you both forever and ever.

Hope Gunter
7 years ago

I met Mrs Dalton when I was a little girl, 40+ years later I still remember her as one of the sweetest ladies I have ever met. I’m so sorry for your loss Aunt Mary and family.

Kelly Dunlow
7 years ago

Momma Dalton I already miss you!
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. These are words we are all familiar with. For Shirley Dalton, I can’t think of a better description. The light inside of momma Dalton was FAR from little. It was more than the clear, sparkle of her eyes, more than the radiance of a smile that lit up the room. It was the light within her heart. Her love and compassion for her fellow man, her unerring sense of right and wrong, and her charitable actions towards those less fortunate than herself. Above ALL things, it was her unconditional love for her family and friends. A love that did not waver, no matter how far her beloved fell, or how high they soared.In a day and age where few of us are blessed with the experience of an extended family brought together by love, I count myself among the fortunate, for my Momma Dalton made sure that love was part of my life. I could spend an eternity listing all the life lessons my My momma Dalton taught me, but if you knew Momma at all, you know there is no need for me to explain.While we on earth have lost our light. A Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Sister, and a friend, Heaven has gained an angel. A bright and shining star to light our way. And the memory of OUR angel will live in our hearts forever.
In closing I would like to share the words of another song that I have found comforting in my grief.
There’s holes in the floor of Heavenand her tears are pourin’ downthat’s how you know she’s watchingwishing she could be here nowAnd sometimes when I’m lonelyI remember she can seeCause there’s holes in the floor of Heavenand she’s watching over you and me
– [ ] Love always Little Kelly

7 years ago

I was sorry to hear your family lost its matriarch. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. In difficult times like this family and friends can offer much needed support. May their love and comfort be a constant at your door now in the the days to come. Most important is our relationship with God (Psalm 83:18) I pray that you find strength in him and his word and that he gives you peace.

Pat Seay
7 years ago

Thinking about you and yours during this difficult time.

Butch & Judy Hummer
7 years ago

So sorry for your loss. We are praying for Our Father in Heaven to grant peace to your hearts & minds, and bring you through this.