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10/12/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Marie Suttle

Frances Marie Suttle
(10 Oct 2009)

Newport News High School Class of 194_

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
We have even more sad news today.  Marie Suttle, Class of 194_, and beloved former teacher at Thomas Jefferson School, passed away in her home in Newport News on Saturday, October 10, 2009 at the age of 86.

 From the Daily Press - 10/12/09:   

                  Frances Marie Suttle



NEWPORT NEWS - Frances Marie Suttle, 86, died peacefully at her home on October 10, 2009.

Ms. Suttle was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Michael Suttle. She was a native of Newport News and prior to her retirement, was a teacher in the Newport News Public School System. She was devoted to her church and was a lifelong member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

She is survived by two brothers, Michael Suttle Jr. and his wife, Jessie, and Raymond H. Suttle and his wife, Grace, all of Newport News; and many nieces and nephews.

A family funeral service will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church with the Rev. Isabel F. Steilberg officiating. Interment will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Memorial gifts may be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church for the Outreach Fund, 221-34th Street, Newport News, VA 23607, or to a favorite charity.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements..
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Published in the Daily Press from  October 12 to October 13, 2009.
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October 12
, 2009
Our heartfelt sympathy is with the Suttle Family. Marie was a very dear person. We have certainly missed her and Becky! You are in our hearts and prayers. Love,
~  Bill & Debbie Vaccarelli & staff at Danny's Deli,
Newport News, Virginia
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October 12, 2009

My sister-in-law just emailed me of Marie's death. I was in Newport New this summer and asked about her.
I have so many wonderful memories of Marie and our teaching together the first three years Jefferson Street School was open. That third year 5 of us took off to Denver, CO with Marie at the wheel. We went out to a conference. What a week we had seeing Co. I went back there to teach the next year.
And we had so many great nights folk dancing with Mrs. Shubert teaching us.
I could go on. Marie was such a wonderful lady. She touched the lives so many children in such a positive way.
My sympathy goes to all the family.
~ Ann Powell Jennings, Burlington, NC

October 12, 2009

Ms. Suttle taught me in the third grade 60 years ago but I still remember her as my favorite teacher of all.

D. Hart

October 12, 2009

Our deepest sympathy is with you all during this time. “Aunt Marie” is in a much better place now doing all of the things she loved best. We hope that you get through the next few days and will keep you in our prayers.
Jim, Jean, Jacquie and Jessie Bryant
~ Jim and Jean Bryant, Lexington, South Carolina

October 12, 2009

Miss Suttle was my absolute favorite teacher! She taught me 3rd grade over 60 years ago and continued to send me Christmas cards and short notes even after I married and had children of my own. She was a wonderful person.
~ Renee Helterbran Benton, Bena, Virginia
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October 12, 2009

Ms. Suttle was my third grade school teacher at Thomas Jefferson School in Newport News, VA. She was always so cheerful and bright and all of my memories are fond of this devoted teacher.
~ Joseph Madagan, Wesley Chapel, Florida
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October 12, 2009

I'm so sorry to read about Miss Suttle's passing. She taught me 3rd grade at Thomas Jefferson, but more than anything she taught ME and pioneered individualized instruction. My poor penmanship even was a concern of hers after I became a teacher. She introduced me to the arts by involving me in several community opera productions. I tried to model that same commitment to all the children I supervised over the pat 40 years. Her life will go on in those she taught and helped become better because we were taught by the best.
~ Charlie Snead, Hendersonville, North Carolina
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October 13, 2009

Ms. Suttle was my third grade teacher at Thomas Jefferson 60 years ago and she was my absolute favorite teacher. She was graceful and generous beyond compare and her beautiful smile and lovely manner made a real impression on me and stayed with me all my life.
My sincere sympathy to the family; I know she will be missed by many.
Nancy (Mitchell) Wynne
Middletown, MD
~ Nancy Wynne, Middletown, Maryland
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October 13, 2009

What a great loss it is to hear of Miss Suttle's death. I was in Ann Powell's second grade class at Thomas Jefferson Elementary where we regularly trooped across the hall to hear Miss Suttle read a variety of stories to us with her special talent. She was an inspiration to me. Sincere condolences to the family.
Norman Covert, Frederick, Maryland


  Our deepest condolences are extended to Miss Suttle's family, friends, and former students at this time.

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    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 10/13/09 - "Marie Suttle":


What a shock it was to hear from         Sepi Ozora (A.K.A. Dimples) Dinwiddie Prichard ('58 N.C.) about the untimely death of Miss Marie Suttle. There are and were few teachers like her and it is a personal loss. 

In reading the Daily Press Memorial Book inscriptions included on this site, how wonderful it was to see that Ann (Powell) Jennings wrote of her close association with Miss Marie during their three years at the new Thomas Jefferson Elementary School. Consider (1) what a privilege it was to be part of Miss Powell's second grade teacher at TJ Elementary;  and (2) to have the opportunity to gather in Miss Marie's classroom to hear her read books to us, including portions of "Tales of the Old Plantation" by Joel Chandler Harris. What an inspiration Miss Marie was to me!

I have read to my children since their birth and now with the grandchildren, even producing cassette tape recordings, now converted to CDs, for them of their favorite books (Can you find Gold Bug?).

Today it was agreed that Grandad was the only one available to attend the seminar at our grandson's elementary school in which they show parents how to share books with the children. It's a course I should be able to handle, thanks to Miss Marie Suttle.

Norm Covert ('61) MD

   Thank you so much, Norm. That was beautifully stated.  Please accept our sincerest sympathies on the loss of your teacher.

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty  

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O Lord of life, where’er they be,
Safe in Thine own eternity,
Our dead are living unto Thee:
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All souls are Thine, and here or there
They rest within Thy sheltering care;
One providence alike they share:
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Above the requiem, “Dust to dust,”
Shall rise our psalm of grateful trust:
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

O happy they in God who rest,
No more by fear and doubt oppressed,
Living or dying, they are blest:
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

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