03/22/07 - NNHS Newsletter - Shirley Sims Rivers

Shirley Sims Rivers
(19 Oct 1925 - 23 Mar 2007)

Newport News High School Class of 1943

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have yet more sad news.   

From the Daily Press - 03/27/07:

Shirley Sims Rivers
  NEWPORT NEWS - Shirley Sims Rivers, 81, passed away Friday, March 23, 2007, at Sentara Careplex Hospital in Hampton. Born Oct. 19, 1925 in Newport News, she was the daughter of the late William W. and Ruth C. Sims. Shirley graduated from Newport News High School in 1943 and James Madison University. She retired from Newport News Public Schools after 25 years of service. She was a member of Ivy Memorial Baptist Church and the Wythe Women's Club. Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, James H. Rivers; brother, Paris R. Aiken and sister, Barbara S. Smith. Survivors include her daughter, Largo R. Elston; her son-in-law, Lew R. Faxon; grandson, Jeremy J. Elston; brother, Walter W. Sims; sisters-in-law, Helen C. Aiken and Betty F. Sims; brother-in-law, Benjamin G. Smith and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at Peninsula Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in Peninsula Memorial Park, with the Rev. John Etcher officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Coliseum Park for all their care and compassion during this past year. Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Published in the Daily Press from 3/25/2007 - 3/27/2007.
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I had the pleasure of meeting Shirley. I send my sympathy to her family & friends.
Judith Brett.....Visiting Angels (Newport News) - March 25, 2007
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Largo and Jeremy -
My thoughts and prayers are with you! I am so sorry to hear of her passing. Please let me know if there is anything that I can do for you all :)
Love you!
Sarah Freeman (Hampton, VA) - March 25, 2007
So many memories well up as I thought of all of you. So much of my life is wrapped around family members who are already with the Lord and with you the survivors. Be assured of my thoughts and prayers during this time and remember Ramona and me in your prayers. We love all of you.
Gene Fant (Nashville, TN) - March 27, 2007  
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   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Shirley's family and friends.

   From Fred Field ('45) of CA - 03/27/07 - "Obituary":

Hello Carol,

I knew Shirley Sims from my time at Ivy Memorial Church when it was at Maple Avenue. Her mother was one of the Sunday School teachers.

I also was a classmate of her brother Walter, Jr. during our first four years at Woodrow Wilson (after which he went off to military school).

Later NNHS graduates may have known Shirley from her long employment in the NN Public School system.

Fraternal best wishes,


   Thank you, Fred.  I thought when I made this Newsletter early this morning that Shirley was probably a friend of yours.   Please accept my condolences on her passing.

   Y'all take extra good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol


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

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Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

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O Thou who changest not, abide with me.

Not a brief glance I beg, a passing word,
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Familiar, condescending, patient, free.
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Tears for all woes, a heart for every plea.
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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.
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Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
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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;
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Heaven's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

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