05/28/07 - NNHS Newsletter - Laurie Kee Collier

Laurie Kee Collier
(d. 25 May 2007)

Newport News High School Faculty

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have sad news today. For the second time this week, we have lost a Newport News High School Faculty Member.    Laurie Kee Collier passed away on Friday in Newport News at the age of 70.

From the Daily Press - 05/27/07:          

        Laurie Kee Collier

  NEWPORT NEWS - Laurie K. Collier, 70, widow of Richard D. Collier Sr., died Friday, May 25, 2007. Arrangements by Peninsula Funeral Home.

Published in the Daily Press on 5/27/2007.
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From the Daily Press - 05/28/07:          

        Laurie Kee Collier

  NEWPORT NEWS - Laurie K. Collier, 70, died Friday, May 25, 2007. She was the widow of Richard D. Collier Sr., her husband of 38 years. A native of Manteo, N.C., she was a Peninsula resident most of her life. Mrs. Collier was a member of Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church. As a teacher with more than 30 years of service in the Newport News Public Schools and Elizabeth City Public Schools, she was a business education teacher at Newport News High School and Menchville High School. She also served as a Business Education Supervisor and Director of Vocational Education for the Newport News Public Schools. She was a member of numerous organizations, including the Virginia Business Education Association, Virginia Vocational Association, American Vocational Association and Delta Kappa Gamma. Survivors include a daughter, Laurie Ann Williamson and her husband, Randy, of Virginia Beach; son, Richard 'Rick' D. Collier Jr. of Newport News; brother, Patrick Kee of Homa, La.; and four grandchildren, Richard and Elizabeth Collier, and Skylar and McKenna Williamson. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, at Peninsula Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Wednesday at Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Larry J. Edmonds and the Rev. Kathy Julian officiating. Interment will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Chestnut Memorial UMC, 1024 Harpersville Road, Newport News, VA 23601. She was a lovely lady with her whole heart into education and helping teachers and students. Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Published in the Daily Press on 5/28/2007.
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Laurie Ann,
My deepest sympathy.

Cindy Morris Hicks
Cynthia Hicks (Raleigh, NC) - May 27, 2007
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Please contact me if there's anything I can do. Your mom was a very special person whom I will always remember.
Amy Hardison Papenfuss (Nags Head, NC) - May 27, 2007
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My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I became friends with Laurie while working with the school system. She will be forever remembered by all those whose lives she touched. I am thankful to be one of those lives.
Debbie Vaccarelli (Battery Park, VA) - May 28, 2007
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Mrs. Collier was an incredible teacher whose lessons I still use today.
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Rhoda Smoker Schwartz (Lanexa, VA) - May 28, 2007
Laurie and Rick:
I am so sorry about your mother. Ms. Collier was my business teacher at Newport News High School and later a co-worker at NNPS. Back in the high school days a lot of us girls could go talk with your mom about anything, mostly boys. I also knew your Dad when he worked at Nachman's downtown for security. Your mom got me my first job there. I truly loved your mother. She was such a special person.
Jean Howell (Newport News, VA) - May 28, 2007
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Mrs. Collier was one of my favorite teachers back at Newport News High School. Her bright smile is one of the things I always will remember about her.

Linda Hicks Earnhardt
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Linda Hicks Earnhardt (Yorktown, VA) - May 28, 2007 
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Dear Laurie Ann and Rick: Your mother was a very special lady, and it was my great pleasure to work with her in NNPS. Please accept my sympathy. with love, Judy Brown
Judy Brown (Williamsburg, VA) - May 28, 2007 
Having moved to VA the summer before my senior year of HS I was not excited about attending a new school. However, Mrs. Collier, who was my business teacher, made the school year more bearable. She was a great teacher and more than that she was a very kind person. I am sorry to hear of her passing.
Katie D'Aiutolo Gunderson MHS class of 1975 (Newport News, VA) - May 28, 2007 
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Laurie Ann,
Our thoughts are with you and your family. It is difficult to express in words, but you have the support of many friends and loved ones.
Lisa & Paul Gualdoni (Virginia Beach, VA) - May 29, 2007 
I remember Mrs. Collier fondly from N.N.H.S. in the late Sixties. She was a dedicated & caring Teacher. She taught work ethics & attention to details; which have helped tremendously in my working career.

With deepest sympathy in your loss of a very special lady.
Carol Anne Comer Cutler (Gloucester, VA) - May 29, 2007   
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Laurie and Rick,
We are so very sorry to hear about the passing of your dear mother. May the love of friends and family carry you through this time of loss.
Alice and John Oldfield (Gloucester Point, VA) - May 29, 2007   
Laurie Ann and Rick,
I first met your mother in 1968 at NNHS when she insisted I take her pilot programming course. She hooked me on technology. When I chose business education at Longwood, she encouraged me to pursue a teaching career. When I became a teacher, she encouraged me to become active in the professional associations. When a job opened up at the Virginia Department of Education, she encouraged me to apply for it. She's responsible for my career. She was a wonderful teacher and mentor to so many people throughout her life. I was fortunate to spend an evening with her last fall and catch up with her. I'm so glad I had that opportunity. She will always be in my heart.
God bless you and your families,
Anne Rowe
Anne Rowe (Richmond, VA) - May 29, 2007   
Laurie Ann,
I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I met you briefly when we made a visit on the way to a meeting in Va. Beach. I worked with Laurie for 12 plus years, and she was a real jewel. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, and your husband.
Alice & Sandy Bostrom
Alexander Bostrom (Advance, NC) - May 29, 2007   
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Dear Laurie and Rick:
My relationship with your Mom was in our early years, but my memories or her are wonderfully vivid. I lived on Etheridge Road, just several houses from Aunt Sybil, and Annie Laurie and I played together daily. We were both tom-boys, and loved to climb trees and roam the woods, and play tricks on her brother, Pat. I especially remember her dynamic personality, and that she was one of the more popular girls in school ... in fact, she "stole" my first boy-friend, which I've almost forgiven her for. Her happiness was contagious! My heart is saddened by her passing, and I know she will be missed by many who's lives she has touched. May God bless you and give you comfort, as you recall her deep and abiding love.
Marie Etheridge-Dremann (St. Petersburg, FL) - May 29, 2007   
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Laurie and Rick,
I am very sorry about the loss of your mom. I am glad I got to see her several times in the last couple of years after such a long time of not seeing her. I also enjoyed her e-mails. She was always a wonderful person and I am proud to have her as a first cousin. I am thankful to also have finally met both of you. My prayers are with you.
Kay Etheridge Davis
Kay Etheridge Davis (Charlotte, NC) - May 30, 2007   
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Mom and I send the family our deepest expression of sympathy. I came to know your mother within the last few years and we exchanged e-mails as well as a few visits. Mom knew Annie Laurie since childhood as we are relatives.

Viola Chappell Hollowell
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Gloria Hollowell (Tyner, NC) - May 31, 2007   
I am so sorry to hear about Laurie's passing. She was my first supervisor when I became a new teacher in Newport News. She was always there to lend an ear and a helping hand. I have very fond memories of her. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Lisa Jones (Ivor, VA) - June 1, 2007   
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Dear Laurie Ann and Rick, I am so saddened to know that your Mom has passed. She was a dear friend. We have memories that go back to when we were young teachers at Newport News High School. From there, we went on to work together for many years at the Central Office in Newport News. She was a fine educator and a good friend. I shall miss her tremendously.
Carol Barr Robbins (Searsmont, ME) - June 3, 2007   
Dear Laurie and Rick, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I don't think I have had the priviledge of meeting you. I grew up with your mother and Pat. I lived just one house from them and we played many hours together. She was a wonderful person with an adorable personality. She was very popular in high school and an excellent basketball player. We all loved her and she leaves a hole in all of the hearts of those who were priviledged to know her. May God bless you and your families. Steve Basnight, Jr.
Stephen (Steve) Basnight Jr (Manteo, NC) - June 4, 2007    
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   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Mrs. Collier's family and friends, as well as to all her former students.

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