Patricia R. Pretlow

Published 8:35 pm Wednesday, June 5, 2013

SUFFOLK — Patricia Rowe Pretlow, 60, died June 4, 2013, peacefully at home surrounded by her loved ones. She was predeceased by her father, Robert H. Rowe.

Mrs. Pretlow, a teacher and guidance counselor, retired after 32 years with the Suffolk and Virginia Beach Public Schools. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Madison College in 1974 and her Master of Arts degree in urban education from Norfolk State University in 1990. She was an active member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her mother, Joyce M. Bell; her husband, Thomas Kirk Pretlow; daughter, Lila Kirk Pretlow, of Suffolk; son, Justin Pretlow, of Charlottesville; sister Becky Cary and husband, Neal, of Suffolk, brothers Steve Rowe and wife, Marty, of Mechanicsville, Gary Rowe and wife, Rhonda, of Suffolk; and numerous nieces and nephews.


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A memorial service will be held Friday, June 7, 2013, at 3 p.m. at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church by the Rev. Ileana Rosario. The family will receive friends Thursday, June 6, 2013, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, 509 W. Washington St., Suffolk, VA 23434. Memorial donations may be made to Wesley Chapel UMC, 220 Kings Highway, Suffolk, VA 23432 or the American Cancer Society, 4416 Expressway Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23452. Condolences may be posted at