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02/21/12 - NNHS Newsletter - Margaret Crute Sisson

Margaret Crawford Crute Sisson
(15 Oct 1937 - 19 Feb 2012)

Hampton High School Class of 1956

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   There is still more sad news this Tuesday.  
    Margaret Crute Sisson, Hampton High School Class of 1956, wife of   Richard Sisson ('58) of VA, passed away in Deltaville on Sunday, February 19, 2012 at the age of 74.

From the Daily Press - 02/21/12:   

                  Margaret Crute Sisson


DELTAVILLE - Margaret Crawford Crute Sisson, having served in the Church Militant is now in the Church Triumphant Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012.

Margaret was a loving and beloved partner to Richard B. Sisson in 50 years of ministry. She was a leader in the United Methodist Women, loving mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, secretary, and licensed practical nurse. She was born Oct. 15, 1937.

She leaves behind her husband; daughter, Kathryn Martin and son-in-law, Howard Martin; granddaughters, Kelsey and Lindsey Purvis; son, Lee Sisson and daughter-in-law, Lauren Sisson; grandsons, Kevin and Brian Sisson; sister, Barbara Johnson Weiss; brother, William H. Crute, sisters-in-law, Myrtle S. Johnson and Rosemary S. Tacy; brother-in-law, Gerald L. Sisson; many nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews, cousins; and dear friend, Ruth Wilder.


Margaret Crute Sisson

She graduated from Hampton High School in 1956, and worked at Langley Laboratory NACA-NASA, Air Force Accounting and Finance Center, CONARC, Bedford Hospital, and Dinwiddie Public Schools. She traveled with mission teams to India, Russia, Costa Rica, Belize, Cuba and Mozambique, and enjoyed cruising and playing cards with her family.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home, in Saluda, and funeral service 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at Clarksbury United Methodist Church, in Deltaville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Memorial Fund of Clarksbury United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 10 Hardyville, VA 23070. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press from February 21 to February 22, 2012.   
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February 21, 2012

May your love, and Margaret's spirit, give you strength during this sad time.

February 21, 2012  

My condolences to Richard, my NNHS 1958 classmate during this time of loss. I enjoyed my times with Margaret at our class gatherings. The mutual love and respect of your marriage and partnership in life was always evident.

~ Unsigned

February 21, 2012   

February 21, 2012

Hope your memories bring comfort to you and your family. With our deepest sympathy,

~ Emmanuel UMW, Mathews, Virginia

February 21, 2012

Dick, Myrtle, Rosemary, and Gerald as well as well as all the rest of the family and friends have shared the adventure of having a vibrant, nurturing and devoted companion on our walk through this life.
Bart and I grieve with you, the loss of one who gave so much to so many. Each one had at least I Margaret story in our memory book of special people.
The Sisson family has long since been an important place in our life. Bart and Lee were at NACA/NASA and First Church-Hampton bound all of us together. She has been joyfully greeted in the Church Triumphant!
Our love and prayers to each of you.
Beverly & Bart Geer

February 21, 2012 

Dickie, we were so sad to hear about Margaret's death. We have nice memories of you all. God bless you. Peace,

~ Bill & Susan Carmines


February 21, 2012   

My dearest mother, I will miss you more than you know. I am writing this note here because I cannot speak without being broken in tears. I will remember many, many happy times we have shared over the course of our lifetime. Camping in the Smoky Mountains, the bear cubs that Lee scared away with his screams when we were walking to the restroom armed only with a flashlight in the middle of the night. You weren't scared of the dark or what would be out there because you had the Lord in your heart and you yourself were a mama bear. I remember those little itchy wool dresses that you dressed me in… they were the style at the time. You took me to Brownie meetings, to practice with the majorettes in the Christmas parade, you were a devout member of the PTA at any school we attended; and there were many schools but your support was never ending. You attended the football games that I cheered at, and the many gymnastic meets that I competed in. You were there for the choral concerts and you sang under your breath and often out loud despite the fact that you couldn't carry a tune if someone put it in a bucket and handed it to you. But I didn't care; I was glad that you were there. You helped me with my homework, even when it was hard, you would read the book and do your best to help me to understand. Now that I am attempting to help my teenagers with Algebra II and other subjects I realize just how hard it had to have been for you because I struggle with that now; but because you helped me I do my best to help my daughters in the same way. I remember all of the baking we did together…especially your favorite, those little orange blossom cupcakes and chocolate chip cookies…we would have tea parties with the UMW ladies and we would bring out the silver and polish it to get ready for those special occasions. I now enjoy baking with my daughters more than you know because those are some of my favorite memories from my childhood. You raised me in the church, sent me on youth witness missions, you made sure I learned the Word. For this I will be eternally grateful. You were a good mother, no one could ask for more. I love you dearly and I will miss you immensely. I only wish we spent more time together….there never seems to be enough time…I do find reassurance in knowing that I will see you again. You are not suffering in this worldly body but rejoicing in Heaven in your new body filled with Light and Love!
“Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
Proverbs 31: 29-31
With all of my Love, your daughter Kathy

February 21, 2012

  You will be missed by everyone you met.

~ Paul Clark, Hampton, Virginia

February 21, 2012

I have the best memories of times with you guys by the pool at Kat's. You will be dearly missed but I know that heaven is a brighter place with your being called home! We cry because we miss you but rejoice that you are in heaven with our Father. We await the day that we to are called home so that we may see your sweet smiling face again. Praying for your family...
Val and family

February 21, 2012

  Mr. Sisson,
I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Sisson's passing. I always enjoyed being with both of you. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

February 21, 2012

My sympathy to you and all the family. Mrs. Sisson was a wonderful person who touched many lives in a positive way and I will always remembered her spirit. God bless you all.

February 22, 2012 

My sincere sympathy goes out to the Sisson family in their time of sorrow and although there will be a void in their life, may they rejoice in the knowledge that you are with your heavenly father. Your classmate H.H.S.

February 22, 2012 

My deepest sympathies to you all. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

~ Aundrea Dagenhart

February 22, 2012 


So sorry to read in the paper that your sister had passed away. My thoughts are with you and your family.

February 22, 2012 


Please accept my deepest condolences on your loss. I remember meeting Margaret at our 30th-year high school reunion. I hope you have many good memories to help you at this difficult time.

February 22, 2012

  Mr. Sisson, I want to tell you how much Henderson United Methodist Church UMW appreciated Margaret's enthusiasm for and belief in the United Methodist Women.
I remember a Christmas program that you and she did together that was so impressive. Everything she did, she did with such grace and enthusiasm and it was contagious. Our UMW looked forward to seeing her at meetings. We shall miss seeing her but are grateful for having known her. Our sympathy to you and your family.

~ Ruby Albrite and the Henderson UMW

February 23, 2012

Bettie Ann and I are holding you in our prayers. I remember serving with you on the Rappahannock District. Margaret was a wonderful person and deeply dedicated Christian. Cherish your memories of the life you shared.

February 23, 2012

Dick, and the Sisson Family,
We remember Margaret so well from the days of the Young Working Adults group at the First Methodist Church in Hampton in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Margaret was a warm, fun-loving, and dynamic member of that group, and a wonderful friend. We are so happy that she met you, Dick, and that she has had such a happy and fulfilling life with you, your children, and in the Methodist churches you have served together.
We send you our love and very sincere sympathy,

~ Jeff and Sandra Stroud

February 23, 2012

Margaret is a dear, precious sister in Christ who has now moved on her next field of service in the heavenly quarters. I appreciated Dick and Margaret's collegial friendship and advice they shared as we served together on the Rapppahannock District, their support to my wife as we got married and Betty became a new preacher's wife, and Margaret's smile and cheerfulness. God bless you, Richard, in this time of transition. No one will miss her more than you.

Betty just commented how Margaret and Elaine DeJong took her under their wings and mentored her as a pastor's wife. Margaret always had a hug for Betty. Margaret was truly a blessing.


   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Richard and Margaret's entire family and their friends at this time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Servant of God, Well Done!

Words by Charles Wesley (28 Dec 1707 - 29 Mar 1788)

Music by George J. Elvey (27 Mar 1816 - 09 Dec 1893)

(The Methodist Hymnal, 1966, #288)

Wesley wrote this hymn in 1770 on the occasion of the death of clergyman George White.
Elvey's tune, "Diademata", has been set to several other hymns, notably "Crown Him with Many Thorns" and "Soldiers of Christ, Arise".

 Servant of God, well done!
Thy glorious warfare’s past;
The battle’s fought, the race is won,
And thou art crowned at last.

With saints enthroned on high,
Thou dost thy Lord proclaim,
And still to God salvation cry,
Salvation to the Lamb!

O happy, happy soul!
In ecstasies of praise,
Long as eternal ages roll,
Thou seest Thy Savior’s face.

Redeemed from earth and pain,
Ah! when shall we ascend,
And all in Jesus’ presence reign
With our translated friend?

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