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Barbara Ann Shotton

Barbara Ann Shotton passed away in Williamsburg on April 13, 2020. Barbara was born June 3, 1934 in Suffolk, Virginia daughter of the late Reba B. and Charles Harry Shotton. 

She is survived by her son, Gary Douglas Offner and wife Kathy, two grandchildren Grant and Kelly of New York; brothers Charles and Douglas Shotton of Suffolk and five nieces and nephews. She is also survived by a paternal aunt, Betty Shotton as well as by several cousins.

Barbara attended Suffolk High School and was a fine arts graduate of Mary Washington College.  She completed post graduate work at Pratt Institute in New York and was an elementary school art teacher at Iona Prep in NewYork. 

A private graveside interment will be held in Cedar Hill Cemetery.  A celebration of life ceremony will be held at a future date.


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Barbara was a friend, mentor, and Muscarelle Museum of Art docent colleague. She generously shared knowledge of art. She had an amazing sense of color in her art work and dress. We enjoyed attending The Williamsburg Symphony concerts together. Rest in peace dear Barbara.

Janet Kosidlak May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Barbara was a good friend and fellow docent at the Muscarelle Museum of Art for many years. She was a brilliant scholar of art history and a highly skilled artist as well. I enjoyed Barbara's knowledge and strong opinions on art. We often debated/argued, in a most friendly manner (and sometimes not), issues on objects of art in our museum or in the news; it was always a great learning experience to learn a new point of view. She was a great lady. David Herald

David Herald May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Sometimes words do not express what one feels - but know that the Docents at the Muscarelle Museum of Art really care and want you to know that, too. Barbara's opinions on art were welcomed and beneficial - her perspective educational. May I grant her peace. Barbara Smith, fellow Docent.

Barbara Smith May 13 2021 12:00 AM