08/30/06 - NNHS Newsletter Mary Noble Shaffer
Mary Mitchell Noble Shaffer
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Once again we have another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter.
Phone Call from Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA - 08/30/06:
Oh nooo, thank you so much for calling, Linda. I don't believe I've missed any days reading the obituaries, but I seem to have a marvelous way of not seeing that which I do not choose to believe..
From the Daily Press - 08/30/06:
Mary Mitchell Noble
NEWPORT NEWS -
Mary Mitchell Noble Shaffer passed away at Riverside Regional Convalescent
Center, Newport News, on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2006, after a short illness. Mary
was very proud to have reached the age of 90 and until recently she was able
to take care of herself and live on her own. Mary began her life as a Tar
Heel in Winston-Salem, N.C., on April 12, 1916, and quickly fell in love
with the fine state of Virginia when as a young child she moved with her
family to 'Colraine' on Wilson Creek in Gloucester. Her father opened the
first skating rink in Gloucester called the 'Old Mill Skating Rink' where
she met 'Ernie' and after dating for almost two years they were married in
Gloucester on April 4, 1941. Soon after, they began their life together in
Newport News. Their marriage lasted a wonderful 57 years. Mary is known for
her great ability to attract friends, her card games and her trips to
Atlantic City and Nags Head. As a young girl she, her father and step-mother
cruised to Cuba and told stories of that trip throughout her life. She
enjoyed every craft imaginable along with puzzles, painting, ceramics, and
making porcelain dolls. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward
Wright Noble and Brownie Elizabeth Neff Noble of Gloucester; her beloved
husband, Ernest Dyer Shaffer Jr. of Newport News; her brother, Edward Wright
Noble Jr. of Gloucester; and her sister, Susan Noble Rodman of Mt. Olive,
N.C. She is survived by her only child, Brownie Elizabeth Shaffer Haracivet
and her husband, John; her grandson, John Christopher 'Chris' McMurphy and
his wife, Jessica; her great-grandson, Zachary Ethan McMurphy of Oklahoma
City, Okla.; her brother, Thomas Jefferson Noble and his wife, Margie, of
Richmond; her niece, Joann Noble Street and her husband, Jack, of Richmond;
her nephews, Wright Rodman and his wife, Rosemary, of San Diego, Calif.,
Neff Rodman of Washington, N.C., John Rodman of Wilmington, N.C., William
Rodman of Potomac, Md.; and her extended family, Dola Maahs and her family.
Her friends included: Josie Seabolt, Lelia McDonald, Polly Johnson,
Elizabeth Parson, Grace Woltz, Ronnie Moore, Elise Bowen, Michael and Maggie
Barnes, Jim and Sue Barton, Lawrence Cowling, Betty Hall, Ruth McMahon, Peg
Sibson, Dovie Hedrick, Jim and Bettie McGarry, Mike and Cynthia Stevens, Liz
Sawyer, Nick and Bitsy Luccketti, Sallie and Billy Greene, Thelma Harris,
Doug and Kim Myers, John and Maxine Williams, Sarah Bushey, Brenda
Kirschbaum, Bobby and Sandy Hatten and her friends at Silverman Furs. Her
wise advice was sought by many and her nurturing quality helped many through
difficult times. Mary was a true 'Aries' having planned her funeral
including her flowers, the song to be sung, the casket, the dress she would
wear, and she wrote her own obituary just to make it easier for her family.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, at
Peninsula Funeral Home. A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m.
Monday in Peninsula Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions may be made to the Humane Society.
|MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU BROWNIE AND JOHN. I WILL TRULY MISS TALKING WITH MARY, SHE WAS A GREAT PERSON, TEACHER AND FRIEND. I WILL MISS HER AND ALWAYS LOVE HER.|
ELSIE BOWEN (EXMORE, VA )
- August 24, 2006
Aunt Brownie and Uncle John,
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Your mother was a Wonderful person.
Sheila & Bill Wolfram (Accomac,
VA ) - August 26, 2006
|Brownie, Just saw this in the paper and was very sorry to hear about your Mom. I remember all the good times and talks we had with your Mom growing up. I still have Mom who in 94. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Connie McKinsey|
Connie Laker (Hampton, VA
) - August 27, 2006
|Brownie, Your mother was a wonderful person and like a second mother to my father. God bless her. My thoughts are with you and your family|
Moore-Stewart (Yorktown, VA ) - August 28,
|Brownie, sorry to hear of your loss. Both your parents were exceptional people.|
James Elliott (Anchorage, AK ) - August
|Brownie: I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Although I never knew your Mother, I know she was a wonderful and sweet lady. She had to be, to have given birth to such a terrific daughter. My thoughts and prayers are with you and John.|
Jennie Sheppard (Williamston, NC
) - August
|Sorry to hear of your loss. Indeed your Mother was such a kind and thoughtful person, and I loved her deeply. Fuzzy|
Fuzzy Turner (NC) - August
Our deepest sympathies are extended to Brownie and her family and friends.
From Brownie Shaffer Haracivet ('62) of VA - 08/31/06 - "Living in VA":
I'm email@example.com now but will also use the Earthlink address through September.
Thanks, Brownie! I made that change for you:
I moved to Gloucester on August 11 and as you now know, lost my Mom on August 22nd. She waited until I was settled and safe in VA to leave us.
Thanks so much to letting everyone know about her passing.
Certainly, Brownie! I just so wish I had recognized it when I obviously read over it at least once, and probably twice. My mind has a way of "protecting" me from that which in my heart of hearts I wish had never happened.
I'm glad to be HOME.
And all of us are so delighted that you're home again, Pretty Lady! Please accept my sincerest condolences once more, and know how much you're in the thoughts and prayers of us all at this difficult time.
Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER!
Love to all, Carol
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