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Date published: 1/5/2014

Shirley E. Checca

Shirley Elaine Foskett Checca of Stafford County died peacefully at her home on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, of cancer.

Shirley was born on Sept. 6, 1941, in Norfolk to Robert Douglas Foskett and Virginia Coulbourn Foskett.

She attended Princess Anne High School as a member of the Class of 1959. After attending Elon College, she taught fourth grade at Shelton Park Elementary School, Little Creek.

In 1967, she began employment with United Airlines as a flight attendant. For more than 36 years, her career as Purser took her to domestic and international destinations spanning three quarters of the globe. She retired in 2003. She then began a second career with Kohl's Department Stores, finally retiring in November 2013, as the beauty consultant.

Shirley had a love of travel and adventure, combined with a love of history and classic movies. She loved animals, but was especially caring for her several cats.

She was predeceased by both parents; her beloved aunt Catherine Foskett McCloud; uncle Carlyle T. McCloud; and cousin Charles Coulbourn.

Shirley is survived by her husband of 45 years, Laurence Checca of Stafford; one daughter, Brianne Michelle Checca of Stafford; aunt Leonora "Sis" Adylett (Ralph), of Coinjock, N.C.; first cousin John A. McCloud (Carole) of Williamsburg; and several second cousins.

The family will receive guests from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, at Mullins & Thompson Funeral Services, 186 Shelton Shop Road, Stafford, VA 22554. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, at the funeral Chapel.

A graveside service and burial will be at noon Thursday, Jan. 9, at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Micah Ecumenical Ministries, 1013 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg VA 22401.

Online guest book is at mullinsthompsonstafford .com.