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10/18/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Ruth West Mathieson

Ruth West Mathieson
(03 Nov 1912 - 15 Oct 2011)

Hampton High School Class of 1932

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   We have still more sad news this Tuesday.  
  Ruth West Mathieson, Hampton High School Class of 1932, mother of David Mathieson (HHS) of GA and   Jim Mathieson (HHS - '58?) of VA and mother-in-law of  Joan Ownby Mathieson ('58) of VA, passed away in Danville on Saturday, October 15, 2011 just eighteen days before her 99th birthday.


From the Daily Press - 10/17/11:   

                    Ruth West Mathieson

  DANVILLE - Ruth Saint Helena West Mathieson, 98, died Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 in Danville, where she had lived since 2001.

The daughter of Rupert H. West and Elizabeth Sefton Coffin Fuller West, she was born Nov. 3, 1912 in Hampton, where she graduated from Hampton High School in 1932. Mrs. Mathieson grew up in St. John's Episcopal Church until 1963, when she became a founding member of St. Mark's Episcopal Mission, following in the footsteps of her mother, grandmother, aunts and great-aunts, who were founders of Emmanuel Episcopal Church and Grace Episcopal Church. At St. Mark's, she became a tireless leader of the Altar Guild, the Episcopal Church Women, the Vestry and the Sunday school. Activities included the American Business Women's Association, the American Red Cross, the Home Demonstration Club and other charities and civic organizations throughout her lifetime. After her husband's death in 1962, Mrs. Mathieson completed Business School and became office manager of L. E. Simmons Contracting Company until she retired.

She was preceded in death by her husband, David Alexander Gray Mathieson; a grandson, Charles David Mathieson; three sisters, Mildred Fuller Druien, Violet W. Simmons and Elsie W. Hahn Collie; and three brothers, Sefton Fuller, James West and Rupert West.

Survivors include her two sons and their wives, David A. G. Jr. and Dorothy T. Mathieson of Decatur, Ga., and The Rev. James W. and Joan O. Mathieson of Danville; five grandchildren, D. A. Gray Mathieson III, Suze M. Bear, J. West Mathieson Jr., Brian E. Mathieson and W. Cooper Mathieson; and five great-grandchildren, Olivia, Alexandra, Daniel, Andrew and John.

The family will receive friends at a reception from 11 to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, in St. Mark's Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 2605 Cunningham Drive, Hampton, after which a funeral service will be conducted at 12:30 with The Rev. Peg Buelow, Rector, officiating. Interment will follow in Hampton National Cemetery, Hampton Section.

Memorial gifts may be made to St. Mark's Episcopal Church Altar Guild, P.O. Box 7430, Hampton, VA 23666.

Arrangements by R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home, downtown Hampton, 723-3191.View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published in Daily Press from October 18 to October 19, 2011.
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October 17, 2011

We extend sympathy to the family of Mrs. Mathieson. We have talked with her many times at Roman Eagle.

Barry & Alice Gourley
College Park Baptist Church

~ Barry Gourley, Danville, Virginia
 

October 17, 2011  

Mrs. Mathieson was a gracious lady with an inquiring mind and a rich history. She told me of living with her husband and children in the Philippines as WWII intensified, and how they got out just before the early battle at Corregidor. I am glad I had the opportunity to meet her and will miss her lovely smile and engaging conversation. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.
 


October 18, 2011 
 

Sue and Ike were on their way out of town for a much needed vacation when they read about Mrs. Mathieson's passing. Mother's passing really took a toll on Susie and Ike. Those last five years with mother made it difficult for Susie to be ready to give her up. Susie will get in touch with you when they return from their family vacation. She and Ike just wanted your family to know that they are praying for all of you. What a blessing to have a mother that was almost a centenarian BUT was always a loved lady.

~ Pam Garrett Chalkley


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   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Mrs. Mathieson'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

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The Strife Is O'er, the Battle Done

Text: Anonymous Latin; translated by Francis Pott (1832-1909)
Music: Giovanni P. da Palestrina; arranged by W.H. Monk (1823-1889)
Tune: VICTORY, Meter: 888 with Alleluias
 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The strife is o'er, the battle done,
the victory of life is won;
the song of triumph has begun.
Alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The powers of death have done their worst,
but Christ their legions hath dispersed:
let shout of holy joy outburst.
Alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The three sad days are quickly sped,
he rises glorious from the dead:
all glory to our risen Head!
Alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
He closed the yawning gates of hell,
the bars from heaven's high portals fell;
let hymns of praise his triumphs tell!
Alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Lord! by the stripes which wounded thee,
from death's dread sting thy servants free,
that we may live and sing to thee.
Alleluia!


"The Strife Is O'er, the Battle Done" midi (extracted with the kind assistance of my son, Nathaniel Harty of IL)
and lyrics courtesy of http://www.oremus.org/hymnal/t/t368.html - 10/26/10
Thanks, Nathaniel!

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of http://gregolsengallery.com 03/15/05

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/agent99bm/ - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of
http://www.hamptonhigh1964.com - 02/17/09

Red Roses Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I cannot seem to locate that information at the moment, but it's been in my files since 02/01/05

Episcopal Altar Guild Pin courtesy of http://www.churchsupplies.com/store/terra-sancta-guild-059-B-02.shtml - 10/18/11

The Episcopal Church Women logo courtesy of http://www.diocesemo.org/ministries/episcopalchurchwomen.htm - 10/18/11

American Business Women's Association logo courtesy
of http://www.networkingphoenix.com/organization/non-industry-specific/american-business-womens-association-abwa.27528 - 10/18/11

American Red Cross logo courtesy of http://photoshopskillz.blogspot.com/2011/03/red-cross-logo.html - 10/18/11

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