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10/03/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Marguerite Davis Freeze

Marguerite Davis Freeze
(09 Sept 1914 - 01 Oct 2009)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   The sad news has returned today.    Marguerite Davis Freeze, mother of    Tom Freeze ('63) of VA and    Gene Freeze ('64) of MD, passed away in Newport News on Thursday, October 1, 2009 at the age of 95.  Her other children include Mina Freeze Bay of VA, Robye Freeze Scott of VA, Rita Freeze Verlander of VA, Susie Freeze Henriksen (Warwick High School, Class of '61) of VA, and the late  Bud Freeze (d. 18 Jan 2008).

   I had the honor of working with Marguerite briefly at Nachman's in the early fall of 1967, and I was always struck by her kindness and gentle graciousness.  She was a truly remarkable woman with a quiet, majestic strength.  My deepest condolences are extended to her family.

From the Daily Press - 10/03/09:

               Marguerite Davis Freeze

  NEWPORT NEWS - Marguerite Davis Freeze, 95, died Oct. 1, 2009.

She was born Sept. 9, 1914, in Amherst County, Va., to Thompson Massie Davis and Mina Lee Coffey Davis. She married Holland Britton Freeze from Danville, Va., in 1932, and they had seven children.
She was predeceased by her husband of 65 years, her eldest son, Holland B. Freeze Jr.; her grandson, Peter L. Scott; and her sister, Dolly Masters.

She is survived by her daughters, Mina Bay, Robye Scott, Rita Verlander (Rick) and Susie Henriksen (Gene), all of Newport News; and by two sons, Tom Freeze of Newport News and Gene Freeze of Maryland. Other survivors include her brother, William Arthur Davis, of Mullens, W.Va.; and sister, Fay Gibson of Buena Vista, Va.; 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and extended family.

When Marguerite's children were nearly grown, she went to work for Nachman's Department Store in Newport News as assistant manager of the Fine Jewelry and Silver Department. She truly enjoyed the job and the friendships she made there.

Marguerite Davis Freeze
  Marguerite was a member of First United Methodist Church of Newport News and UMW Circle 4 and remained active as long as she was able. If desired, memorial gifts may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Newport News general fund.

Marguerite raised her children with great love and care, and they each loved her dearly in return. She spent her life unselfishly caring for others.

Visitation will be held on Saturday evening, Oct. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Parklawn – Wood Funeral Home. Services will be led by the Rev. John T. LeGault Jr. on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, Newport News. Burial will be at Peninsula Memorial Park following the service.

Friends are encouraged to visit to share memories and words of condolence with the family.

Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Avenue, Hampton. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from October 3 to October 5, 2009.

October 03, 2009
My condolences go out to your family in this time of need. Know that God cares for all mourning over lost loved ones. Is. 61:2
~ S Harvey, Virginia

October 03, 2009

Rita and Tom, I am so sorry to hear of your Mother's passing; my thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
~ Mystre Van Horn, Bolivia, North Carolina
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October 03, 2009

Gene and Tom and family.. I am so sorry.. I remember your mother well.. she worked with my mother at Nachman's.. she was a very nice lady and I know she will be missed.. thinking of you in this sad time..
~ Linda Fields Fulghum, Lexington, North Carolina
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October 03, 2009

Susie, Please accept my deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your dear mother.
~ Nat Cunningham (formerly Singleton), Land O' Lakes, Florida

October 03, 2009

Gene and Family, our deepest and sincerest condolences for your loss. Wishing you Peace.
~ Natasha & Paul, Pikesville, Maryland

October 03, 2009

Tom, Gene & Family:
I pray the Lord will bless each of you and your families during this great time of sadness! Remember all the good times with her, and be happy for the many years you were allowed to have your Mom near you. Your friends and classmates are with you during your time of sorrow!

God Bless!
Butch & Ethel Ragland
Colorado Springs, CO
~ Butch Ragland, Colorado Springs, Colorado
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October 03, 2009

Dear Susie: Sorry to learn of your mother's death. I've sent out the info to your WHS family tonight. Know you and your family are in my prayers.
~ Karrin Williams Frankie, Newport News, Virginia
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October 04, 2009

My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I was a childhood friend of Suzie, Tom and Gene, always wanting to ride their horses. I always thought how lucky they were to have parents who would get them a horse. What great parents they had. Bless you all in this sad time.
~ Brenda Amos-Williams, Newport News, Virginia
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October 04, 2009

Words cannot fully express the privilege I feel at having had such an incredible Grandmama for forty-eight years. My admiration, love and respect for her have continued to grow through the years. Her ability to support our individuality with selfless love and attention are a treasured legacy.
~ Rick Verlander, Newport News, Virginia
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October 04, 2009

Dear Susie: So sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Will keep you and your family in our prayers.

~ Carolyn Turner Ayscue Class of 61


October 04, 2009

Mina and Tom,
I was saddened to hear of your Mother's death. I felt like I almost knew her through Mina. Mina always talked about her with so much love. God bless you both and the rest of your family.
~ June McCormick DeGinder, Williamsburg, Virginia

October 04, 2009

To all of the children of Mrs. Freeze I wish to express my deepest sympathy to you all. I lived across the street on Roanoke Avenue with my grandmother, Mrs. Hargrove, and I will always remember your mother and father with fond memories. Your family was a very loving family. I will pray for comfort for you all in the coming days.
~ Linda Owen, Newport, Virginia
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October 04, 2009

To the Family of Mrs. Freeze: My sympathy goes to you all during this time of sorrow. I knew your mother as a loyal customer with us at "Dean and Dons". It was a joy to know such a sweet person and talk with her on her visits. I have just retired and moved to N. C. I just learned of her passing by computer. May you be comforted by all the good memories that she left with you.

~ Esther Parrish


October 05, 2009

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. It is so sad when our parents have to leave us. I know you will treasure the wonderful memories. Please know that your friends have you in their thoughts at this sad time.
~ Brownie Shaffer Haracivet, Gloucester, Virginia
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October 05, 2009

Rita and family,
I am sorry about the passing of your mom. I did not know her but she had to have been a sweet person to have such a sweet daughter.

~ Dot Bradshaw


October 05, 2009

Tom and Gene:
I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
~ Judy Mawyer, Henrico, North Carolina
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October 06, 2009

Tom and Gene, I am so sorry to hear about your mother. Difficult doesn't express the passing of the person who gave you life. May the wonderful memories you have give you peace in the days ahead.
~ Margaret (Cookie) Tyndall, Seaford, Virginia

October 06, 2009

Mina, my wife and I are so sorry to hear of your mother's passing.
~ Marty Evans, Irving, Texas

October 06, 2009

Dear Rita & Rick,
I know how it feels to lose a dear loved one but trust in the Lord and He will give you peace of mind and you will know that your Mom is in the place that He has prepared for Her. I know first hand because on the 24th of this month Evelyn will be in everlasting life for 4 months. I can truly know that she is in peace for eternity. You will be comforted.

In Christian Love
~ Giles Sculthorpe
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October 07, 2009

My love and condolences go out to all of you, especially Gene and Tom. I am so sorry to learn of this too late to see you. Please keep in touch with us.
Judy Phillips Allen
~ Judy Allen, Newport News, Virginia
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October 12, 2009

Susie and family, my condolences and prayers go out to you and your family on the passing of your mother. I remember her from when you and my mother use to work together at Langley. Such a sweet lady. May you find peace in your memories.
~ Michael Ramsey, Yorktown, Virginia

October 19, 2009

It was so sad to here of Marguerite passing. She was a grand lady and will be greatly missed.

~ Dick Mitchell, Cloudcroft, New Mexico


   Once again, our sincerest sympathies are extended to Marguerite's entire 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

Servant of God, Well Done!

Words by Charles Wesley (28 Dec 1707 - 29 Mar 1788)
Music by George J. Elvey (27 Mar 1816 - 9 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 - 01/13/06

"Servant of God, Well Done!" lyrics courtesy of - 01/13/06

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of – 03/15/05

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

NOTE: Tom Freeze's senior portrait from the 1963 Anchor was the page which fell victim to severe mutilation by three otherwise angelic little boys in 1977. 
My PhotoShopping skills are unfortunately inadequate for the task of repairing the damage.  My apologies.

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