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04/24/12 - NNHS Newsletter -
Ruth Mitchell

Ruth Wallace Mitchell
(25 May 1927 - 22 Apr 2012)

Newport News High School Class of June 1945

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   
  We have still more sad news today.    
   Ruth Mitchell, Class of June 1945, passed away in Hampton on Friday, April 20, 2012 at the age of 84. 

  Her sisters, Hazel Mitchell Brogan and Juanita Mitchell Granger, preceded her in death.


From the Daily Press - 04/24/12:

                   Ruth W. Mitchell


HAMPTON - Ruth Wallace Mitchell, age 84, passed away on Sunday, April 22, 2012.

She was born in Charlottesville, Va., on May 25, 1927, and was a longtime resident, since 1966, of Hampton, Va. Ruth was a member of Ivy Memorial Baptist Church, since 1974, where she sang in the choir for many years and was on a number of committees. Her Sunday school class was the Joyful Gleaners. She graduated from Newport News High School, in 1945, and attended junior college in Bryn Mawr, in Pennsylvania, for two years. Ruth was an avid bowler and golfer. She retired from Langley Air Force Base as the Wing Historian for the 1st Tactical Fighter Wing in May 25 1982.

Preceding her in rest are her parents, Rufus Wallace and Mary Lillian Shipp Mitchell; sisters, Hazel M. Brogan and Juanita M. Granger; and nephew, M. Hawthorne Granger III.


Ruth Mitchell

Surviving members of her family include her nephews, Tom Brogan and wife, Mary Jean, Robert Granger and wife, Cynthia; nieces, Marcia McQuitty and husband, David, Rita Hitchler and husband, Mike; many grand-nieces and nephews; and Marvine H. Windle, best friend.

Special thanks goes out to Gale Bristow and her staff of home caregivers, especially Gina Wilkinson, Kim Parks, Diana Lemons, Tina Simone, and Cathy Shackleford; Sentara Careplex; James River Convalescent Center; and the Odyssey Hospice Group.

Memorial donations may be made, in Ruth's name, to Ivy Memorial Baptist Church, Hampton, Va.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, April 27, 2012, at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home. Following the visitation, a service remembering Ruth's life will be held at 11 a.m., in the funeral home chapel. Interment will be in Parklawn Memorial Park.

Friends are encouraged to visit to share memories and words of condolence with the family.

Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Ave., in Hampton, 23666.

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Published in Daily Press from April 24 to April 25, 2012.

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April 24, 2012

I am touched by her passing and have great memories of her faithfulness to her Lord and her church. Praying especially for Marvine, another great friend.

~ Pastor Fant

April 24, 2012

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

~ Unsigned

April 24, 2012

Dear Marvine,
May God be your comforter as you mourn the passing of your dear friend Ruth.
I miss the both of you on the golf course, and missed seeing her when she took her walk around the Hampton golf course walking path.
Enjoy the memories. God Bless you!

~ Doris Figgers, Yorktown, Virginia

April 24, 2012

Ruth was like a sister in our family. Hope and pray that her family and friends will be comforted as they celebrate her life. We appreciate her devoition to our parents, Curtis and Lila Haggard. Ruth surely will be looking to find them in the Spirit World.

~ Jewel Gibson, Lawrenceville, Georgia

April 24, 2012

My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead.

~ Bernice Simons, Hampton, Virginia

April 26, 2012

Many years have passed since I have seen Ruth. She and Marvine were in Northern California in the late eighties. My mother Elisa, my brother Gordon, and I drove over from Fairfield to the heart of Berkeley to pick them up at the train station. We dined in a local eatery and enjoyed each other’s company. The memory of Ruth's grace, dignity, and composure which melded smoothly with Marvine's own self-possession is still intact. Farewell, Ruth. Until we meet again.

~ Paul Haggard, Escondido, California

April 26, 2012

  Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May you trust in God for the love and comfort only he can give at this time. With all our love, Teresa Hudgins and all of the family of Kaywood and Delorise Stokes

~ Teresa Hudgins, Kennedy, Alabama

   Our sincerest condolences are extended to Ruth'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


Rock of Ages

Words by Augustus Montague Toplady, 1763 (first published in The Gospel Magazine, 1775)
(04 Nov 1740 - 11 Aug 1778)

Music by Thomas Hastings
(15 Oct 1784 - 15 May 1872)

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee,
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy riven side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure,
Save me from its guilt and pow'r.

Not the labors of my hands
Can fulfill Thy law's demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.

Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling;
Naked come, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless, look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly,
Wash me, Savior, or I die!

While I draw this fleeting breath,
When mine eyes shall close in death,
When I soar to Thee for dress;
Helpless, look to Thee for grace;
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee.

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