Mary Kathryn Draffin

March 5, 1929 - May 26, 2008

03/05/1929 - 05/26/2008

Past Services

Wednesday May 28, 2008
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Virginia Beach
5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
800-934-4648 | Directions
Saturday May 31, 2008
1:30 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Virginia Beach
5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
800-934-4648 | Directions

Mary K. Draffin

VIRGINIA BEACH- Mary Kathryn Beaty Draffin, 79, went home to her Heavenly
Father, May 26, 2008. She resided at Westminster Canterbury on the Chesapeake
Bay. She was born in Pavo, Georgia and came to Virginia Beach in 1958. She was
married to Virgil George Draffin for 54 years.

Mary was a devoted and active member of Kempsville Baptist Church for over 30
years before she moved on to her final church home at Colonial Baptist in
Virginia Beach. She enjoyed being part of the Jewels, taking classes, supporting
the missions and seminary work, and being involved with Missions to Military.

Mary was widely known as a champion for brain injury services in Virginia. She
tirelessly walked the halls of the general assembly petitioning our legislators
for any kind of fund for a head injury program. From her perseverance, a small
seed of a program has grown and there are now services and support for these

Mary lived the last several years at Westminster Canterbury where she discovered
china painting, tai chi, and started a Bible study. The residents and staff of
Westminster Canterbury are very loving and caring and her time there was a

Mary was predeceased by her husband, Virgil in 2002 and by her beloved son,
John, in 2001. She is survived by her daughter, Kathy Draffin of Merry Hill,
North Carolina, her daughter, Barbara Warren and her husband, Jimbo of Windsor,
Virginia, and her daughter, Janie Walters and her husband, Rob of Kitty Hawk,
North Carolina. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Jerimie Harrell and
her husband, Jamie, and John and Micki Walters; and two great-grandchildren,
Jordan and Jaxon Harrell.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 1:30pm at Altmeyer
Funeral Home 5792 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach.

Memorial donations can be made in lieu of flowers to: Brain Injured Association
of Virginia BIAV, 1506 Willow Lawn Drive #112, Richmond, Virginia 23230.

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Dr A.L. Roper
8 years ago

Dear Barbara, Jimbo, Kathy, and Janie, I was so saddened to read of the loss of your Mother today. Although I had not seen her for many years I remember her hospitality and sweetness. I will miss Mary. Hope the rest of your family is doing well otherwise. Please look me up if you are in the neighborhood. With deepest sympathy to all, Al

Don Thompson
8 years ago

I met Mary through her wonderful son and my dear friend, John. We became close friends and would visit one another from time to time and kept in touch via email over the 10 years we lived/worked in Germany.

Mary was as we Catholics would say, a living saint in every sense of the word. She had a glow about her that you could always feel.

She is now home with “Pee Wee” as John got me to call him the first time I met him, and with her beautiful son John whom I think about all the time.

God Bless You All in This Difficult Time.

Gloria J. Carter
8 years ago

Mary was a fine lady and a pleasure to be around. I worked with her at the Naval Dispensary late 60’s and early 70’s. We stayed in touch but not as offer as I should have. I visited a few times at Westminster. My prayers and sympathy go out to each of the family members. She is now at peace. I know God will give you all strength to carry on each day.



Jared & Sharon Kaessner
8 years ago

Mary was such a blessing to know! She was always cheerful and full of love for Christ and others. It was a real privilege to spend time with Mary – we will miss her!

We pray that the presence of the Lord will comfort you all during this time – In Christ, Jared & Sharon

Linda and Bobby Harrell
8 years ago

Sincere sympathy in the loss of your beloved Mother. I had only met Ms Draffin once, but observed in the obituary the many things that she cared about and believed in. And believed in enough to make a difference. It was also evident of how she loved her Lord and Savior by her willingness to show that love to others by her devotion to her Lord.

I believe the angels in Heaven are rejoicing over the Home-Coming of One of His Children.

Again, sincere sympathy in your loss.

Linda and Bobby Harrell

Helen & Chuck Henrich
8 years ago

Thinking of you and extending our deepest sympathy. We will miss Mary at Westminster Canterbury.