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07/18/19 - NNHS Newsletter - Ruth Shelton Spain

Ruth Alma Shelton Spain
(25 Apr 1925 - 16 July 2019)

Newport News High School Class of February 1942

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   I was deeply saddened to read today of the death of
  Ruth Shelton Spain, Class of February 1942, sister of the late Sallie Shelton, Carrie Shelton Galloway (1922 - 09 Apr 1989) and Buck Shelton (February 1941) (01 Apr 1923 - 17 July 2015), who passed away in Newport News on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at the age of 94. I remember Ivan and Ruth and their beautiful family so fondly from our time as members of Trinity Methodist Church. She seemed always to be the epitome of a true gracious southern woman.

   Widow of Ivan Spain (17 May 1921 - 01 Sept 2004), and mother of Susan Spain Beers, Eddie Spain of VA, and David Spain, she was the aunt of NNHS Teacher Sallie Galloway Gill (York HS - '62) of IL, and of the late   Lee Galloway (York HS - '65) (14 Apr 1947 - 27 Mar 1971).


From the Daily Press - 07/18/19:  

                  Ruth Shelton Spain

   

NEWPORT NEWS - Ruth Shelton Spain, born in Newport News on April 25, 1925, passed away peacefully on July 16, 2019.

She graduated from Newport News High School in February 1942. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother and enjoyed cooking, knitting, playing dominoes, and spending time with her family.

She was a faithful, lifelong member of Trinity United Methodist Church, where she was a former Sunday school teacher and class president. She also served as chairman of several church committees. She served as past president of Trinity's United Methodist Women and served as a UMW district officer, as well as President of the League of Downtown Churches. 

 

 
 
 
Mrs. Spain also served as past treasurer of the Little League, the Pony League and Colt League. She also held offices in the local and district PTAs.

Mrs. Spain was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Ivan E. Spain; parents, William T. and Ethel F. Shelton; sisters, Sallie A. Shelton, Carrie S. Galloway, and Minitree Shelton (Buck); and nephew, Lt. Lee Galloway. She is survived by her children, Susan Spain Beers (Frank), I. Edward Spain, Jr. (Sharon), and David S. Spain (Jacqueline); grandchildren, Amy, Andrew, Seth, Bryce, Zach, Kylie and Dylan; great-grandchildren, Ivan, William, Preston, Ellie, and Aria; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 228 29th Street, in Newport News. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Menchville House www.menchvillehouse.com or The Peninsula Food Bank.

Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601.
View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.  


Published in The Daily Press from July 18 to July 19, 2019.

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   Our deepest sympathies 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

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Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
910-584-8802


Servant of God, Well Done!

Words by Charles Wesley (28 Dec 1707 - 29 Mar 1788)

Music by George J. Elvey (27 Mar 1816 - 09 Dec 1893)

(The Methodist Hymnal, 1966, #288)

Wesley wrote this hymn in 1770 on the occasion of the death of clergyman George White.
Elvey's tune, "Diademata", has been set to several other hymns, notably "Crown Him with Many Thorns" and "Soldiers of Christ, Arise".
 

 Servant of God, well done!
Thy glorious warfare’s past;
The battle’s fought, the race is won,
And thou art crowned at last.

With saints enthroned on high,
Thou dost thy Lord proclaim,
And still to God salvation cry,
Salvation to the Lamb!

O happy, happy soul!
In ecstasies of praise,
Long as eternal ages roll,
Thou seest Thy Savior’s face.

Redeemed from earth and pain,
Ah! when shall we ascend,
And all in Jesus’ presence reign
With our translated friend?


"Servant of God, Well Done!" midi courtesy of http://www.norbry.net/midi/archive/hymn/ - 01/13/06

"Servant of God, Well Done!" lyrics courtesy of http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/s/e/servogod.htm - 01/13/06

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of http://gregolsengallery.com – 01/27/05

Animated Army and Navy Flags clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03

Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (Ferguson HS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05

Peach Flowers and Butterflies Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars5.html - 04/05/05

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