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03/11/18 - NNHS Newsletter - Mamie Wilkins Rooksby

Mamie Lee Wilkins Rooksby
(04 Oct 1949 - 09 Mar 2018)

Newport News High School Class of 1967

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   I am so very sorry to bring you this news today.
Mamie Wilkins Rooksby, Class of 1967, sister of Juanita Wilkins Grosbach and Annette Wilkins Larsen, passed away in Chesapeake on Friday, March 09, 2018 at the age of 68. I remember Mamie so well as such a sweet girl. Her family has my sincerest condolences.

From Marty Whitmore McCoy ('67) of VA to the Class of 1967 - 03/11/18, 2:24 PM - "Sad News":

Wanda Barber Olsen sent me a message that Mamie Willkins (Rooksby) from our class passed away. The Obituary is attached. So sad we have lost another classmate :-(

   I'm so sorry to learn this, Marty and Wanda, but thank you for letting us know. You have my sincerest condolences on the loss of your classmate. 

From the Daily Press - 03/11/18:  

                  Mamie Wilkins Rooksby


CHESAPEAKE - Mamie Wilkins Rooksby, 68, started her new journey on March 9, 2018 surrounded by her loved ones.

She was born on October 4, 1949 in Newport News, VA to the late Meritt and Margaret Wilkins.

Mamie was a devoted wife, loving mother and sister, and full of kindness to everyone she met. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, relaxing at the beach, and fishing.

She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 47 years, Robert; their two sons, Joshua (Nikki) and Zachary (Tara); their three grandchildren, Benjamin, Julia, and Vivian; her sisters, Juanita Grosbach and Annette (Don) Larsen; her sister-in-law, Karen (John) Kosiewicz; multiple nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family; and countless friends and neighbors.


We will celebrate Mamie's life with friends and family on Sunday, March 18 from 2:00-4:00 pm at the Eagle Point Bay Club at 1502 Eagle Pointe Way, Chesapeake, VA 23322.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her memory to the American Liver Foundation at

Published in The Daily Press on March 11, 2018.
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Mamie was a sweet angel! She always had a smile and positive word. She made our neighborhood better!!!!!! There will always be fond memories of her on Parker Avenue! Love, The Barker Family!

~ The Barker Family

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~ Sancy Isham, Newport News, Virginia

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We are so sad to hear of Mamie's passing. We will always remember the good times and laughter on Parker Avenue. Mamie was such a beautiful person, and her spirit will shine on. Our love to Bob and her family. Love, Cindy and Roger Wiessner

~ Cindy and Roger Wiessner

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   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Mamie's family, friends, and classmates at this time.


From Faye Merritt Houk ('66) of VA - 03/11/18, 8:50 PM:
I am so saddened to hear this. Mamie was the sweetest person....we were neighbors, growing up. My sincere condolences to Bob and her family.

From Kathy Morrow Glazier ('67) of VA - 03/12/18:

Deepest condolences to the family and friends!

From Bill Rash ('67) of VA - 03/12/18:

Our class ('67) has had more than its share of losses over the years - RIP, Mamie. Peace be with your family.

From Carolyn Deuell O'Rourke ('64) of NC - 03/12/18:

Awwww..... she was sweet.... RIP, Marian.

   This information is also posted here:

  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

Come, Ye Disconsolate

Words by Thomas Moore; alt. by Thomas Hastings
Music by Samuel Webbe

Come, ye disconsolate, where'er ye languish.
Come to the mercy seat, fervently kneel.
Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish;
Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.

Joy of the desolate, light of the straying,
Hope of the penitent, fadeless and pure!
Here speaks the Comforter, tenderly saying,
"Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot cure."

Here see the bread of life; waters flowing
Forth from the throne of God, pure from above.
Come to the feast of love; come, ever knowing
Earth has no sorrow but heaven can remove.

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