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08/04/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Mary Greenman Rae

Mary Greenman Rae
(14 July 1926 - 28 June 2009)

 Vice-President of the Newport News High School Class of February 1944

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have still more sad if somewhat belated news today.    Mary Greenman Rae,  Vice-President of the Class of February 1944, as well as Most Popular Girl in her class, passed away in Stokesdale, North Carolina on Sunday, June 28, 2009, just sixteen days shy of her 83rd birthday.

   Her husband, Captain William Clark Rae, Jr., preceded her in death.

                 Mary Greenman Rae




STOKESDALE, N.C. - Mary Greenman Rae, 82, died Sunday, June 28, 2009 in Stokesdale, N.C.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Alexandria, Va., with interment in Arlington National Cemetery on Aug. 3., beside her husband.

A native of Annapolis, Md., Mary was born July 14, 1926, the daughter of the late Commodore William Garrett and Marion Pierce Greenman. She attended Newport News High School and graduated from Marjorie Webster Junior College. Mary led successful careers as a Navy wife, mother and grandmother. Especially remembered by her absolute love of life, compassion, grace and innocence combined with candor. She had an extraordinary ability to light up a room and those around her.





Mary Rae lived a full and happy life and taught us to find the goodness in all of us and then act on it. You've got your orders, Mary. Go with fair winds and following seas.

Surviving are her children, William C. Rae III of Corinna, Maine, Thomas Nelson Rae of Middleton, R.I., Marianne Lennon Rae of Cooperstown, N.Y., and Carrie Rae Spencer and her husband, Brent of Summerfield, N.C.; seven grandchildren, John J. Donnelly, Mark E. Rae, Keith J. Potter, Caeli E. Morgado and her husband, Robert, Jessica J. Shelton, Garrett R. and Lydia E. Spencer; five great-grandchildren, Katelynn M., Brooklynn E., and Connor J. Rae, Aiden and Lillian Morgado.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Captain William Clark Rae Jr.; and brothers, William Garrett Greenman, and Franklin Pierce Greenman.

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Published in the Daily Press from 8/4/2009 to 8/5/2009.





     Our sincerest sympathies are extended to the entire Rae family:

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

O God, Our Help in Ages Past

Words by Isaac Watts, The Psalms of David, 1719 (based on Psalm 90)
(17 July 1674 - 25 Nov 1748)

Music, St. Anne, by
William Croft, 1708
(10 Dec 1678 - 14 Aug 1727)

1. O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home.

2. Under the shadow of Thy throne
Thy saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is Thine arm alone,
And our defense is sure.

3. Before the hills in order stood,
Or earth received her frame,
From everlasting Thou art God,
To endless years the same.

4. Thy Word commands our flesh to dust,
“Return, ye sons of men”:
All nations rose from earth at first,
And turn to earth again.

5. A thousand ages in Thy sight
Are like an evening gone;
Short as the watch that ends the night
Before the rising sun.

6. The busy tribes of flesh and blood,
With all their lives and cares,
Are carried downwards by the flood,
And lost in foll’wing years.

7. Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
Bears all its sons away;
They fly, forgotten, as a dream
Dies at the op’ning day.

8. Like flow’ry fields the nations stand
Pleased with the morning light;
The flow’rs beneath the mower’s hand
Lie with’ring ere ’tis night.

9. O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Be Thou our guard while troubles last,
And our eternal home.

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