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03/22/15 - NNHS Newsletter -
Nannie Wise Milliner

Nannie Wise Milliner
(27 Feb 1925 - 20 Mar 2015)

Newport News High School Class of 194_

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   
  There is more sad news today.  
  Nannie Wise Milliner, Class of 194_ , sister of  Nellie Sue Wise Gray and of the late Walter Wise, John Wise, and Ann Wise Nicholas, passed away in Newport News on Friday, March 20, 2015 at the age of 90.

From the Daily Press - 03/22/15:

                   Nannie Wise Milliner


NEWPORT NEWS - Nannie Wise Milliner died on Friday, March 20, 2015. Born February 27, 1925, in Newport News to Beatrice Crockett Wise and Walter Robertson Wise of the Eastern Shore of Virginia, (deceased).

Nannie was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Thomas Milliner, and siblings Walter Junior, John, and Ann Nicholas.

She is survived by her sister Nellie Sue Gray of Newport News. Nannie is also survived by her son Walter Thomas Milliner, Jr. and his wife Diane and their children Christine and Mark; her daughter Nannie Susanne Considine and her husband Joseph and children Gerald Diddle and Brett Burgess; her son Michael Smith Milliner and his wife Cecilia and children Lucas and Timothy; and her son Bennett Wise Milliner and his wife Maria and daughter Merideth.

Nannie is also survived by six great grandchildren, Christina, Mathew, twins Christopher and Nicholas, Raven, and Samara. Also, former daughters in law Deborah Milliner, mother of Lucas and Timothy, and Mary Milliner, mother of Merideth and Andrew (deceased).



She also leaves behind her precious feline companion, Abby.

Nannie, a native of Newport News, graduated from Newport News High School and was initially a secretary for Weaver Brothers Lumber Company of Newport News. She married Walter Thomas Milliner of Accomac, VA in 1945 at which time a life of travel began with her new husband who was then a Captain in the Army Air Corp. Within their first eight years together, their four children were born.

During her 69 years of marriage and raising a family, Nannie made lasting friendships that enhanced her life and those around her. She volunteered in hospitals, including in the Hospice program at Riverside Hospital. While living in Gloucester Point, Nannie was chairman of Gloucester's Red Cross Blood program for three years.

Nannie's faith was an important part of her life, and her greatest joy came from the many churches in which she was involved, beginning with singing in the choir in her teens at the Chestnut Avenue Methodist Church. Nannie taught Sunday school for teens, and became a Lay Eucharistic Minister and Lector at the Grace Episcopal Church in Yorktown.

Nannie is remembered by her family and friends as loving and caring, generous and thoughtful. Elegant and poised, and with a bit of mischief that made her a delight to know and love, Nannie filled her life, and the lives she touched, with joy and love and tenderness. To all who know her, Nannie beautifully modeled the verse from I Corinthians 13:13: "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." No words can express the impact this amazing woman has had and will continue to have on so many and she will forever be held close to our hearts and memories.

The funeral will be conducted at Grace Episcopal Church, Yorktown, VA on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at 11:00 am. Burial will be in the church cemetery with reception following.

Donations in Nannie's memory to the _____ are appreciated.

The family would like to express gratitude to the entire staff at Williamsburg Landing for their kind and devoted care of our mother during her many happy years there.

View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press on March 22, 2015. View Guest Book


March 22, 2015

Nannie lived with supreme grace, and she passed on to paradise the same way. She is a wonderful example of a life well lived, in Faith and Love. I will miss her very much, 'til we meet again.

~ Joan Myles, Gloucester, Virginia


March 23, 2015

Nannie is now with Walter in a better place. Your mother was a real person full of LOVE and gave it freely. She has made a place in our HEARTHS for every.

~ Truman Wise, Gloucester, Virginia


March 23, 2015  

Prayers to the family during this difficult time and may the memories of Nannie bring a smile to your face and joy to your heart. It has been a pleasure to have taken care of Mr. and Mrs. Milliner and may their soul rest in peace until we meet again.

~ Tammy Meekins, Toano, Virginia


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   Our sincerest condolences are extended to Mrs. Milliner's family and friends at this difficult 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

Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

Words by Henry van Dyke (10 Nov 1852 - 10 Apr 1933), 1907

Music: Ode to Joy, from the Symphony No. 9 of Ludwig van Beethoven (17 Dec 1720 - 26 Mar1897)

Adapted by Edward Hodges (20 July 1796 - 01 Sept 1867), 1824

Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee, opening to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away;
Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day!

All Thy works with joy surround Thee, earth and heaven reflect Thy rays,
Stars and angels sing around Thee, center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain, flowery meadow, flashing sea,
Singing bird and flowing fountain call us to rejoice in Thee.

Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blessed,
Wellspring of the joy of living, ocean depth of happy rest!
Thou our Father, Christ our Brother, all who live in love are Thine;
Teach us how to love each other, lift us to the joy divine.

Mortals, join the happy chorus, which the morning stars began;
Father love is reigning oer us, brother love binds man to man.
Ever singing, march we onward, victors in the midst of strife,
Joyful music leads us Sunward in the triumph song of life.

"Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 09/21/12 (sic)

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 03/15/05

Flower Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 04/28/03

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