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06/23/08 - NNHS Newsletter - Dell Rogers Laws

Dell Rogers Laws
(d. 21 June 2008)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   
Once again we bring you sad news. 
  Dell Rogers Laws, mother of  Paul Laws ('61) of VA, Martha Laws Nowygrod ('68) of NJ; Debbie Laws-Landis ('71) of PA; and Philip Laws of VA, passed away in Lititz, PA on Saturday, June 21, 2008 at the age of 89. 

   Another son, 
 Joe Laws ('65), preceded her in death in 2003.

    From Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA - 06/25/08 - "Death of a Friend":

I wasn't sure if you had seen the Death Notice in the DP for   Dell Rogers Laws.  She was the mother of Paul, Martha, Debbie, Phillip and the late    Joe Laws.  Mrs. Laws lived on the corner of 53 rd Street and Huntington Avenue for many years.  She was very active in Noland Memorial United Methodist Church for many years.  My mother always loved spending time with Dell as she was always so full of life.  I have pictures of her in our home for several birthday parties wearing her beautiful smile.....
Linda L. Lane

   No, Linda, I surely missed it, or more accurately, I read it with eyes that refused to see.  I frequently do this, especially when deaths occur in clusters such as we've experienced this week.  If Memorial Editions have not been posted by the morning of the first day they appear, that's a sure sign I have not caught them.  Thank you so much for showing me this.

 From the Daily Press - 06/23/08:    

                 Dell Rogers Laws


NEWPORT NEWS - Dell Rogers Laws, 89, died on June 21, 2008 at Landis Homes, a retirement community in Lititz, Pa.

She was a native of Fines Creek, N.C., a Newport News resident for over 60 years and had lived in Lititz, Pa. since 2002.

She was the daughter of Virgie (Rogers) Rogers and Taylor Harrison Rogers and was the eighth of their 15 children. She was married for 52 years to the late Russell Paul Laws, originally of Farmington, Mo. She was a faithful member of Noland Memorial United Methodist Church in Newport News, where she served in several capacities in her Sunday School class and in her Circle, as well as a dedicated member of the church choir. She also volunteered in the public schools and in several community organizations.


Dell Rogers Laws


She loved nature, especially birds and flowers. She also loved music, clogging and being in the Red Hat Society. She loved to travel, making several cross-country trips as well as trips to Canada, Hawaii and Europe.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Joel Wayne Laws.

She is survived by four children, R. Paul Laws Jr. and wife, Sherry of Smithfield; Martha Nowygrod and husband, Roman of Bergenfield, N.J.; Deborah Laws-Landis and husband, Carl of Akron, Pa.; and Philip J. Laws of Newport News; eight grandchildren, Eric Laws, Anita Bloxom, Emily Cohen, Lizzy Glidden, Adrienne Landis, Jill Laws, Jeff Laws, and Joanna Landis; two sisters, Irene Franks and Geraldine Batchelor, both of Newport News; and one brother, Doyce Rogers of Waynesville, N.C.

The family will receive friends at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 25, 2008, at Peninsula Funeral Home, followed by a funeral service at noon at the funeral home, with the Dr. Charles K. Root officiating. Interment will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the Caring Fund at Landis Homes, 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz, PA 17543, or to Noland Memorial United Methodist Church, 5501 Huntington Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607.
Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from 6/23/2008 - 6/25/2008.

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I visited Dell a couple years ago, and as I was leaving I looked sad, and she said, "Don't be sad, son, because I can still dance", and she started shuffling her feet which in turn made me laugh. Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever. The Batchelor family
Aubrey Batchelor (Williamsburg, VA) - June 23, 2008
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To the family of Dell Laws:
" 'Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus".
With that trust, this is not the end, but the beginning of an unbelievably
glorious existence in the eternal presence of the One who loved us.
"Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man the things God has prepared for them that love Him" I Cor 2:9
May you take comfort in that thought that she is with her Saviour.
Paul, we're sorry we can't be with you at this time. We'll be with our kids in Harrisonburg area.
With love, Bert & Jacque Fowler
Bert & Jacque Fowler (Hampton, VA) - June 23, 2008
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Paul and Sherry, so sorry to hear about the passing of your Mother. Thoughts and prayers go out to you both. Miss you both. Nancy & Buzzy Blanchard
Buzzy Blanchard (Kenner, LA) - June 25, 2008
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The Laws Family.
Your mother was a lovely lady and had been a friend of my family at Noland for years. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Linda L. Lane (Williamsburg, VA) - June 25, 2008


   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Mrs. Laws' family and their friends.

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305

All Creatures of Our God and King

Words by Saint Francis of Assisi, circa 1225
(Cantico di fratre sole, Song of Brother Sun). He wrote this hymn shortly before his death, but it was not published for almost 400 years. Translated to English by William H. Draper for a children’s Whitsuntide festival in Leeds, England;
first appeared in the Public School Hymn Book, 1919;
Music -
Lasst Uns Erfreuen, Ausserlesene Catholische Geist­iche Kirchengesäng (Köln, Germany: Peter von Brachel, 1623);
harmony by Ralph Vaughan Williams in The English Hymnal (London: Oxford University Press, 1906)

(courtesy of - 05/09/08)

All creatures of our God and King,
lift up your voices, let us sing:
Alleluia, alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beams,
thou silver moon that gently gleams,

O praise him, O praise him,
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Thou rushing wind that art so strong,
ye clouds that sail in heaven along,
O praise him, Alleluia!
Thou rising morn, in praise rejoice,
ye lights of evening, find a voice,

Thou flowing water, pure and clear,
make music for thy Lord to hear,
Alleluia, alleluia!
Thou fire so masterful and bright,
that givest man both warmth and light,

Dear mother earth, who day by day
unfoldest blessings on our way,
O praise him, Alleluia!
The flowers and fruits that in thee grow,
let them his glory also show:

And all ye men of tender heart,
forgiving others, take your part,
O sing ye Alleluia!
Ye who long pain and sorrow bear,
praise God and on him cast your care:

And thou, most kind and gentle death,
waiting to hush our latest breath,
O praise him, Alleluia!
Thou leadest home the child of God,
and Christ our Lord the way hath trod:

Let all things their Creator bless,
and worship him in humbleness,
O praise him, Alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
and praise the Spirit, Three in One:

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Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of – 03/15/05

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

Red Hat Society Logo courtesy of - 06/26/08

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