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09/16/20 - NNHS Newsletter - Jane Piazza Roy

Jane Piazza Roy
(07 May 1928 - 10 Sept 2020)

Morrison High School Class of 194_

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   We have more sad news today.
Jane Piazza Roy, May Queen of the Morrison HS Class of 194_, widow of     Valley Roy, Best Looking Boy in the Class of June 1945, passed away at The Chesapeake in Newport News on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at the age of 92.

From the Daily Press - 09/16/20:   

                   Jane Piazza Roy


NEWPORT NEWS - Jane Piazza Roy passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 10, 2020. The family considered it a beautiful blessing to be with her during her final hours, especially considering the Covid-19 restrictions of the last six months.

Jane was born on May 7, 1928 in Newport News, and grew up in the historic and quaint Hilton Village. She thrived in the lovely, close-knit community where she attended Hilton Baptist Church, Hilton Elementary and Morrison High School. While at Morrison, Jane was honored to be crowned "May Queen". . . no surprise since she was quite a beauty.

After graduating, Jane went to work for the C&P Telephone Company. As fate would have it, in 1947 she met the love of her life, Valley K. Roy, Jr. They married on May 8, 1948, and their love story would continue for a lifetime. Jane and Valley had three children, Pam, Carl and Beth. The children would agree that Jane was the epitome of motherhood, and that they were the "center of her heart" and the focus of her life. Jane was extremely artistic, creative, and had a flair for fashion (especially when it came to shoes). As her family would attest, Jane took tremendous pride in keeping a neat and immaculate home.



While living in Hidenwood, she became active in the Martha Hiden Garden Club, and enjoyed teaching Sunday School at Hilton Baptist Church. After being a stay at home mother for years, Jane returned to work at the telephone company where she continued to work until her retirement in 1985. Jane and Valley relished their retirement years. They moved to their dream home in Lakewood Park, loved playing golf, bridge and especially enjoyed traveling with their lifelong friends. Their greatest joy, however, came from spending time with their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

In 2005, Jane and Valley entered the Chesapeake Retirement Community. Sadly, in her later years, Jane developed Alzheimer's. Our family is so appreciative for the outstanding care and compassion our mother received from the entire staff in Memory Support and Healthcare. Their kindness will never be forgotten.

Jane was preceded in death by her loving husband, Valley; her parents, Carl and Kellam Piazza; her brother, John Piazza; and her son-in-law, Johnny Scruggs.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her daughter, Pamela Roy Soddu (Tony) of Midlothian; son, Dr. Carl Piazza Roy (Laura) of Virginia Beach; daughter, Elizabeth Roy Scruggs of Newport News; grandchildren, Courtney Parezo (Jamin), Hunter Bryant (Kitty), Jay Scruggs (Cassie), James Scruggs (Kari), Meredythe Roy (Evan Walker), and Taylor Roy; great-grandchildren, Hugh, Graham, Ella, Paisley, Parker, Zach, and Sam; sister-in-law, Janett Piazza; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Mom always said "my cup runneth over", Ours does as well, Mom, when we think of the beautiful legacy you left us.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 358 McLaws Circle, Williamsburg, VA 23185 or "Joyful Voices", 13621 W. Salisbury Road, Midlothian, VA 23113.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at Peninsula Memorial Park. All guests are required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

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

Published in Daily Press on September 16, 2020.  

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September 15, 20

Sending our deepest sympathy for such a loss...praying for those memories to bring peace ...

~ Jennie, Dena, Nick and Bucky


September 16, 2020

With Deepest Sympathy to Pam, Carl and Beth with the death of your Beautiful Mom!!! So many fond memories of our parents together and our time together also as their children. May God be with you ALL during this difficult time and in the days to come. Love, Gail Penfield Gulla

~ Gail Gulla

September 16, 2020

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

September 16, 2020

It was my pleasure to work with Jane in the Engineering Dept. on Richneck Road for C&P (Verizon). She possessed an outstanding work ethic, and carried herself like the May Queen she was; beautiful in every way. Above all she loved her family and they her. Sincere Sympathy on the loss of your dear mother. RIP, Jane

~ Sallie Greene

September 16, 2020

My condolences to the family. Your mother was loved by all that had the chance to meet her. I will cherish many fond memories of Jane. Blessings to the family.
Amy Ames

~ Amy Ames

September 18, 2020

Rest in Peace, Mrs. Roy! You were such a very special lady, so kind and caring, and loved by so many. It was a pleasure knowing you and your wonderful family! You will be greatly missed by all who knew you.

September 19, 2020


   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Mrs. Roy'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





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

 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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