Pauline Lam Apperson passed away from Alzheimer’s on February 12, 2020, at Spring Arbor of Fredericksburg, surrounded by family and her caregivers.
Born on the Blue Ridge Mountains in 1928, Polly was six years old when her family was among those who lost their homes to the construction of the Skyline Drive and establishment of Shenandoah National Park. The Lam family moved to Locust Grove and rebuilt their lives in that community, where Polly met Ray Apperson whom she married in 1947. Together they raised a family, were partners in Apperson’s Travel Trailers, Inc., and owned a thriving rental property business. They shared a passion for ballroom dancing and loved spending time at their oceanside condo in Melbourne Beach, FL.
Polly is survived by her three children, Drema Apperson, Terry Apperson (Angela), and Ricky Apperson (Lindi Calegari); grandchildren Michael Setti (Amy), William Kerry Apperson (Nicci), Christine Apperson, and Scott May (Tanya); great-grandchildren William James Apperson, Declan Finn Apperson, Knox May, Marley Farr and Lola Farr; her sisters Montella Herndon, Geraldine Dulin and Elizabeth Conrad (Fred); and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband of nearly 70 years William Ray Apperson; parents Leona and Jesse Lee Lam, Sr.; brother Jesse Lee Lam, Jr.; and sisters Christine Lam and Maxine Lam Dulin.
Visitation will be held at Johnson Funeral Home in Locust Grove on Saturday, February 22, at 11:00 am followed by a service at noon. Reverend Bill Barnes will officiate. Interment will be at Laurel Hill Memorial Park, Spotsylvania. An online guest book is available at johnsoncares.com.
The family offers heartfelt thanks to the entire staff at Spring Arbor of Fredericksburg and Capital Caring Hospice for their kind and loving care during Polly’s final days and hours.