Doris Maviglia passed away peacefully on November 15, 2023 at her home, with her daughters lovingly holding her hand. Doris is preceded in death by her husband Commander Frank Maviglia, USN, Retired. She is also predeceased by her brother Vincent Battista, Anthony Battista and her sister, Anna DiOrio all of New York.
Born on September 14, 1926, in Long Branch New Jersey, Doris was the youngest of four born to the late Pietro Di Giovam Battista and Rose Torino Battista. At the age of three, Doris and her family moved and ever since Doris was proud to consider herself a Brooklyn girl. At just nineteen, Doris met her dream, Frank, a young sailor. They married after only two months and headed west to California. While in New York and California, she worked for Bell Systems as a telephone operator. Their next tour sent them to Oahu, Hawaii where they had their two daughters, Frances and Toni. For five years they enjoyed Oahu and then headed back to the Mainland. During this time, Doris loved raising their daughters and being a Navy wife, pursuing a career in Civil Service and supporting her husband and his career with dignity and grace.
Doris had many passions in life including her Catholic faith where she dedicated much of her time to the many ministries she served on including Nifty over Fifty, Grandma’s Attic, Ringers and the Craft Group. Whether it was playing the piano, listening to Opera, gathering with her knitting group, crafting her own greeting cards, painting, or Garden Club; it was through these pastimes that she met her closest and lifelong friends, whom she loved wholeheartedly. However, her primary focus and love was always family and that is where she made the greatest impact as a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt.
Left to cherish Doris’s memory are her two daughters, Frances Swalley of Huntsville, Alabama and Toni Hedrick (husband Bob Hedrick, deceased) of Virginia Beach; granddaughter Deborah Inge and husband Earl of Virginia Beach; grandson Damon Swalley of Collinsville, Illinois; granddaughter Dana Swalley of Virginia Beach; two great-grandsons, Jacob Inge of Virgnia Beach and Jordan Inge of Virginia Beach; and a host of loving nieces, nephews and friends.
Our family would like to thank Mom’s caregivers who were so loving and compassionate for over four years. Our hearts are full and we feel blessed for all they did to make sure Mom was well taken care of. Thank you, dear Willy and Debbie and Leslie, for all you did for Mom and our family. And to Dr. Iyer and Dr. Heiby, thank you.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Virginia Beach SPCA or Operation Smile or St. Nicholas Catholic Church 712 Little Neck Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23452.