Kay L. Dezern

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Residing In: Chesapeake, VA USA
Spouse/Partner: William W. Dezern, Sr. (Deceased)
Occupation: Counselor at Tidewater Pastoral Counseling
Children: Son-
William Wade Dezern (1967) (VA Tech) married to Kim (William and Mary) and they have 3 children More…Kate (1998) Jacob (2003), and Laurie (deceased 1996).
Daughter-
Helen D. Conner (1964) (Mary Washington and Radford) has one daughter Tori (1997) now a freshman at University of Mary Washington.
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I have been counseling at Tidewater Pastoral Counseling Services since August, 2011. I was extremely happy that God would give me the desire of my heart so late in life. Dr.Crowder would be proud. Since new issues have come to like such as self-harm, homosexuality, and pornography adiction since my graduate Degree I have taken advanced studies at Regent University. My case load keeps me busy as well as, facilitating groups, workshops, and pulpit supply. God is so good.
I am an Elder at my church working in the missions and outreach area. I also serve as the director at Great Bridge Presbyterian for all funerals and memorial services. I am blessed to help guide people during their time of great sorrow.
taught ( 1979-2011) middle school math which kept me very busy. And like many of the teachers in the class of '79 served on a number of committees.
I have been active in my church by teaching Sunday School, serving as a deacon, Bible study group, and several committees. I initiated a grief support group, at my church, for which I developed the curriculum. After using that for a number of years I now use a packaged faith based program called GriefShare.
Before my grandchildren were born I stayed busy managing political campaigns. I have been very busy in the NEA, VEA and CEA lobbying for funding for education. I chaired the state mental health board as well as the local board for mental health, mental retardation, and substance abuse. I chaired the Mayor's Task Force on Drugs which implemented programs in our school system. Due to the involvement in this activities I have been invited to speak in several states concerning issues for children and how to organize statewide funding efforts.
Since the birth of my grans I have been busy with their activities which I adore.

School Story:

After my husband died, leaving me with two children to support, I had to find a way to do so. I had never worked outside of the home and was not in any way prepared to support us. I knew that with all the changes in the world, since I had left my mother's home for my husbands', I would never make it in a secular college. With no money and much faith I left the only home my children had know for a place we knew nothing about. It was there that we found love and support. The families of Dr.Gwaltney, Dr. Nix, and Dr. Wetzel became supporters and have remained lifelong friends. I found work and was able to complete my degree in three years. I guess one might say the college saved me.
My fellow classmates were such a helpful force to me and my children. There was always someone to stay with them when I had to work really late. My children never knew who they would wake up and find sleeping on the floor in the morning.
One profound and precious event happened when I receive a very late, unknown, and overdue bill from the funeral home back home. I was going to have to quite school and work to pay it off. Some how the President, Dr. Jess Johnson, heard of it. I came home to find him waiting at my door asking to come in. He then told me he knew of my situation and wanted to help so I did not have to leave school. He got down on his knees in my living room and prayed about it. It was a most humbling experience for me. He solved my problem and I did not have to leave school. He exhibited the unconditional love that Jesus speaks of when He said for us to love our neighbor. Milligan has never disappointed me.
One of my favorite memories is when the boys from Pardee sang Christmas Carols to the children and me smoking their cigars.
I was the most surprised student when I found out I was in the college's "Who's Who". It was another example that I was always treated like one of the class even though I was quite older.
While I seldom see classmates I have maintained a lifelong friendship with Professors Nix and Gwaltney and their families. The Nix family has seen me through good times and hard. They have been an arm of the Milligan family providing ongoin comfort. This has allowed me to visit campus frequently over the years and see the amazing changes which have taken place there.
I thank God often for Milligan and my classmates. I would have never made it through such a difficult time without the loving Christian community I found there.

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