Mary Elizabeth Heath

May 9, 1931 - December 4, 2003

05/09/1931 - 12/04/2003

Past Services

Tuesday December 09, 2003
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Virginia Beach
5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
800-934-4648 | Directions
Wednesday December 10, 2003
10:00 am
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Virginia Beach
5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
800-934-4648 | Directions



Mary Elizabeth Heath, 72, passed into eternity on December 4, 2003 at Mayfair House, Portsmouth, VA.

Born in Long Branch, NJ on May 9, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Sydney Lorenzo Gaines and Nelly Sturdivant. Mrs. Heath retired from Marlboro Psychiatric Hospital as a nurse after 34 years and moved to Virginia Beach, VA in 1989.

Mrs. Heath, spouse of the late Frank Owen Heath, received her MBA from Rutgers University in 1980 and was a member of the Central New Jersey Professional and Business Women

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Gregory E. Heath
8 years ago

Adrian, Donna, Jennifer, Michael and Roger,

Unfortunately, we will not be able to attend the viewing or funeral.

However, we would like you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Although the feeling of loss weighs heavily on your hearts, take comfort in the knowledge that she is no longer suffering, has joined her loved ones that have passed before, and still lives in the hearts of the loved ones that remain behind.

With deepest sympathy,

Ernest Sr., Gregory, Myrna, Greg Jr. and Michael

Karen, Mike, & Jared Taylor
8 years ago

Although words cannot begin to ease the sorrow of the loss of your Mother, please know you are in our prayers. May God comfort you at this most difficult time.

With Sympathy,

Lois Brown
8 years ago

Dear Adrian,Donna,Jenny,Mike and Roger our deepest sympathy on the passing of your Mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Sincerely, Bobby and Lois Brown

Ernest Heath Jr
8 years ago

I regret that I am unable to attend Aunt Mary’s Memorial Services — Please forgive, I so want to come to comfort you.

Your mother and grandmother was the sweetest, kindest, and most loving and caring of souls — God gave us such a Gift in her. Her welcomes were so warm and bright; her judgement so crystal clear; and her love of God and family literally boundless.

May the Holy Spirit Guide your hearts’ love gently across “the River of Sorrows” onto the shores of “Sweet Memories”, “Wonderful Hopes”, and “our Holy Promise” to finally meet family and friends near the river’s other shore, within the jeweled Gates of Heaven.

With the greatest sympathy,

Ernest Alfred Heath Jr and Family

Donald W. Hinton
8 years ago

My prayers are with the family of Mrs. Heath. I worked with her for many years at Marlboro Psychiatric Hospital. She was a mentor to me. I appreciated her frankness and her advocating for the patients. Deacon Donald W. Hinton, MSN, RNc, Nurse Administrator, Psychiatric Services Ret.

Andre Rivera
8 years ago


I’m sorry to hear the sad news. I never got to know her as well as I would have like to. By knowing you and the person you are I can tell she was a great person. God bless. Let me know if there anything I can do. Andre

Jane Gillespie
8 years ago

Virginia, Roger & Family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you. Remember the good times and know that she is no longer suffering.