Bill Text: VA SR680 | 2022 | 1st Special Session | Enrolled

Bill Title: Celebrating the life of Merrilu Paulin Ablowich.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 3-0)

Status: (Passed) 2022-09-07 - Bill text as passed Senate (SR680ER) [SR680 Detail]

Download: Virginia-2022-SR680-Enrolled.html

Celebrating the life of Merrilu Paulin Ablowich.


Agreed to by the Senate, September 7, 2022


WHEREAS, Merrilu Paulin Ablowich, an esteemed educator and active and beloved member of the Virginia Beach community, died on July 27, 2022; and

WHEREAS, Merrilu Ablowich graduated from Norview High School in Norfolk before earning a bachelor's degree from The College of William and Mary and a master's degree in education from George Washington University; and

WHEREAS, Merrilu Ablowich dedicated her professional career to the growth and development of young people, first as a reading specialist and later as an early elementary school teacher in Norfolk and Virginia Beach; and

WHEREAS, Merrilu Ablowich helped to promote literacy and learning in her community through Friends of the Virginia Beach Public Library and as a 16-year member of the Virginia Beach Public Library Board; and

WHEREAS, Merrilu Ablowich's impact in Virginia Beach was also felt through her involvement with local organizations such as the Princess Anne Republican Women's Club; and

WHEREAS, Merrilu Ablowich helped to preserve the Commonwealth's venerable tradition of foxhunting through her support of the James River Hunt and Princess Anne Hunt clubs; and

WHEREAS, Merrilu Ablowich was an avid antiquarian and reader whose deep compassion and concern for animals inspired her to rescue and care for several over her lifetime; and

WHEREAS, Merrilu Ablowich will be fondly remembered and dearly missed by her loving husband, Al; her daughter, Susan, and her family; and numerous other family members and friends; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the Senate of Virginia hereby note with great sadness the loss of Merrilu Paulin Ablowich, a cherished member of the Virginia Beach community whose kindness and generosity touched countless lives; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the Senate prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the family of Merrilu Paulin Ablowich as an expression of the Senate of Virginia's respect for her memory.