03/22/08 - NNHS Newsletter - Dorothy Wilder Spain

Dorothy Wilder Spain
(d. 18 Mar 2008)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

    Belatedly, we have more sad news tonight.  Dorothy Wilder Spain passed away on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 in Newport News at the age of 89.


From Sheila Smith Moler ('64) of FL - 03/22/08 - "Dorothy Spain":

Dear Carol: 

I was wondering why, and more than a little surprised, that no one has mentioned the passing of Dorothy Spain on Tuesday the 18th.  Her husband, Linwood, died about two years ago.  They organized, emceed, and chaperoned the dances at the Community Center across the street from Parkview Baptist Church, and the dances on the tennis court at Highland Park in the summer for years and years.  There were special "dress up" Christmas and school's out parties also (with cake and punch that I suspect they paid for themselves).  If it weren't for them, these dances would never have happened.  I remember tons of kids that lived in the area, Briarfield, Sussex Hilton, Newmarket and all the surrounding areas that showed up at the dances.  Don't they remember them?  They were wonderful people that really loved kids.  It's a shame no one remembers all the good they did and the fun we had because of their unselfish giving of their time.  Just wondering......

Sheila (Smith) Moler

   Thank you, Sheila.  I saw this obituary, and wondered if she were one of "ours".  I did not recognize her name, though, nor know of her achievements.  I suspect those who did know her missed seeing the obituary, or like you, they would have told me.


From the Daily Press - 03/20/08:      

                  Dorothy Wilder Spain

 

NEWPORT NEWS - Dorothy Wilder Spain, 89, a native of Petersburg and a Peninsula resident since 1939, died Tuesday, March 18, 2008.

She retired from Fort Eustis Optical after 40 years of service as a certified optician.

She was a member of Crowder Memorial Baptist Church of Petersburg.

As a community leader, she was involved with the youth of the Parkview Area and was the last surviving charter member of the Parkview Community Center Board.

Mrs. Spain was dedicated to the art of Love. She always provided an unconditional love to those around her, always giving and forgiving, never taking.

 

 

 


Preceded in death by her husband, Linwood N. Spain; parents, Luther A. Wilder and Gracie L. Andrews; brothers, Luther A. Wilder Jr., Robert Lee Wilder and John Winterton; and granddaughter, Andrea "Sissy" Butner.

Survivors include three daughters, Barbara S. Clendenin and husband, Brick, Linda S. Norton and husband, R.P., and Sherry S. Reagan and husband, Jeff; grandchildren, Carter, Tammy and Jeff Clendenin, Ron Norton, Karen Norton, Angela Forrest, and Ashley King Bacigalupo; great-grandchildren, Meagan, Brent and Abby Norton, Amanda Campbell, Brandon Webster, Aiden Clendenin; and great-great-grandchildren, Destiny and James Wyatt, and Andrea Webster.

A funeral service will be conducted at 6 p.m. Thursday at Peninsula Funeral Home by Dr. R. Furman Kenney. The family will receive friends following the service until 8 p.m. Interment will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 20, at Blandford Cemetery.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Eugene Link and his staff.

Published in the Daily Press from 3/19/2008 - 3/20/2008.
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Sherry and family, I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. I always thought she was a great lady.
Deloris Perry (Newport News, VA) - March 19, 2008
 
 
My deepest sympathies in the loss of your mother. She and your Dad were such wonderful people, I remember them often. They were so helpful when I was growing up, and I have such fond memories of them. I will miss hearing from her at Christmas, and will never forget her.
Sheila Smith Moler (FL) - March 19, 2008
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BARB, PLEASE ACCEPT OUR CONDOLENCES FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR MOTHER. WE KNOW HOW IT FEELS RIGHT NOW, BUT REST ASSURED SHE IS AT PEACE WITH HER SAVIOR. YOU NEVER FORGET THE MEMORIES ;THAT IS WHAT WILL KEEP YOU STRONG. MAY GOD BLESS YOU & BRICK. CARTER, TAMMY, JEFF, DURING THESE TRYING TIMES. LOVE LAQUITA & DOUG.
LAQUITA COLLINS (MIDDLETOWN, OH) - March 19, 2008
 
 
LINDA AND FAMILY, YOUR MOM WAS AS IMPORTANT TO ME AS I WAS TO RONNIE (RADAR). I WILL MISS HER AND ALL OF YOU! SUE GARRIS 936-856-0731
SUE BEALE GARRIS (WILLIS, TX) - March 19, 2008
 
 
Karen,
I am so sorry for your loss. God bless you and your family during this difficult time.
Pam (Newport News, VA) - March 19, 2008
 
 
To all the members of this family,
Linda I am a Bunco Gal-Tami. I send you and your family my deepest condolences. Your mom's life was a blessing, she was a giver of herself. What better way to remember her in your hearts with all the love that she shared. My Blessings go out to each of you. Tami Davis-Hawks From: 1 of the bunco gals. XOXO
Tammy Davis-Hawks (HAMPTON, VA) - March 19, 2008 
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Grandma, We will always love you and you will be missed greatly. We love you with all our heart, and to the rest of my family i love you guys so much and love who she made us and who she helped us become. She will remain in our hearts forever.

love, Brandon Webster and family
Brandon Webster (Richmond, VA) - March 19, 2008  
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To All The Family:
Dorothy will be greatly missed. She was a very special person. Our thoughts, prayers and sympathies go out to each and everyone of you.
May God Bless.
Don & Deane Robinson (Prince George, VA) - March 19, 2008   
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I am sorry to hear that Grandma is gone. She and Granddaddy were the closest thing I ever had to grandparents and your family didn't mind sharing them with Steph and me. She was one of the kindest, gentlest and sweetest persons God blessed me with the honor to know. I thank you for sharing her and Grandaddy; they will always have a special place in my heart and will never be forgotten. God Bless you all and you are in my Prayers. Love ya'll.
Lynne Ettleman (Hampton, VA) - March 20, 2008    
 
 
Dorothy was SPECIAL to her neighbors here at River Ridge @ Lake Gaston, VA...She & her family took us in as Part of the Family when we bought our place here at the lake. Many a day she could be seen on her knees weeding and trimming her beautiful flower gardens. We Thank The Lord for the privilege of knowing her here on this side of heaven for these years...
we look forward to sitting with her, Linwood, Luther, Robert Lee, and Doris at Jesus feet and thanking Him for ALL HIS BLESSINGS. Our sympathy to the family.
Bill & Peggy Ricks (Lake Gaston, VA) - March 20, 2008    
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Nature

As a fond mother, when the day is o'er,
Leads by the hand her little child to bed,
Half willing, half reluctant to be led,
And leave his broken playthings on the floor,
Still gazing at them through the open door,
Nor wholly reassured and comforted
By promises of others in their stead,
Which, though more splendid, may not please him more;
So Nature deals with us, and takes away
Our playthings one by one, and by the hand
Leads us to rest so gently, that we go
Scarce knowing if we wish to go or stay,
Being too full of sleep to understand
How far the unknown transcends the what we know
NORRIS SPAIN - March 20, 2008    
 
 
 Warm Summer Sun

Warm summer sun,
Shine kindly here,
Warm southern wind,
Blow softly here.
Green sod above,
Lie light, lie light.
Good night, dear heart,
Good night, good night.

By Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens)
The Poetry Foundation




Music, when soft voices die

Music, when soft voices die,
Vibrates in the memory—
Odours, when sweet violets sicken,
Live within the sense they quicken.

Rose leaves, when the rose is dead,
Are heaped for the belovèd's bed;
And so thy thoughts, when thou art gone,
Love itself shall slumber on.
GARLAND REEVES - March 20, 2008    
 
 
Remember

Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more day by day
You tell me of our future that you plann'd:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.
GINNY GARVIN - March 20, 2008    
 
 
Sherry & Linda
I was very sorry to read about your mother. My thoughts are with you.

Sincerely,
Danny Edwards (Poquoson, VA) - March 21, 2008    
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SHERRY & FAMILY
I'M SO SORRY TO HERE OF YOUR MOMS PASSING. YOU KNOW I TALKED TO HER A FEW YEARS BACK. WHEN I WALK BY SHE RECOGNIZED ME FIRST AND CALLED ME BY NAME. SHE HUGGED MY NECK. SHE WAS ONE TRULY GREAT LADY.
TOMMY KERNODLE (NEWPORT NEWS, VA) - March 22, 2008     
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   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Dorothy's family and friends.


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

                          Love to all, Carol

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Abide With Me

Words by Henry F. Lyte, 1847
Music by William H. Monk, 1861


Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.


Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day;
Earth's joys grow dim; its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see;
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.


Not a brief glance I beg, a passing word,
But as Thou dwell'st with Thy disciples, Lord,
Familiar, condescending, patient, free.
Come not to sojourn, but abide with me.


Come not in terrors, as the King of kings,
But kind and good, with healing in Thy wings;
Tears for all woes, a heart for every plea.
Come, Friend of sinners, thus abide with me.


Thou on my head in early youth didst smile,
And though rebellious and perverse meanwhile,
Thou hast not left me, oft as I left Thee.
On to the close, O Lord, abide with me.


I need Thy presence every passing hour.
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter's power?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.


I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death's sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.


Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
Heaven's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.



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