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10/18/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Virginia Ashburn Collie

Virginia Ashburn Collie
(d. 13 Oct 2011)

Newport News High School Class of February 1936

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   We have even more sad news this Tuesday morning.  
  Virginia Ashburn Collie, Class of February 1936, mother of Judith Collie Stafford of HA and Corkie Collie (Warwick HS - '60) of VA, and mother-in-law of    June Veneris Collie (Hampton HS - '62) of VA, passed away in Staunton on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at the age of 89.

   Her younger sister,   Elvira Ashburn Irby, Class of June 1937, passed away on May 15, 2010.

 From June Veneris Collie (Hampton HS - '62) of VA - 10/24/11, 8:45 AM - "HS Picture of Virginia Collie":

Thank you, Carol, for honoring my mother-in-law in your newsletter by including her obituary. 

I found her high school picture and would appreciate if you could add that to the article you published.
June Collie

   Thank you so much, June - what a vivacious pretty girl she was! Again, you and your family have my sincerest condolences.

Ginnie Ashburn

From the Daily Press - 10/17/11:   

                    Virginia Ashburn Collie


STAUNTON - Virginia A. Collie, 93, passed into the care of the Lord on Oct. 13, 2011, at Emeritus At Staunton.

She was a native of Newport News, Va., lived in Tabb for 40 years, and moved to Staunton, Va., in 2001, to be near her son's family. Virginia was a 1936 graduate of Newport News High School. She retired in 1981 as a secretary with the U.S. Coast Guard in Yorktown, Va. She was a 50 plus year member of the Warwick Chapter #43 Order of Eastern Star, Newport News, Va. She was a past member of Bethel Baptist Church, Tabb, Va., and a current member of West Waynesboro Church of Christ, Waynesboro, Va.



Virginia was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Grover Clark Collie Sr.; her parents, Issac Walter Ashburn Sr. and Daisy Hanna Ashburn; her brother, Issac W. (Pee Wee) Ashburn Jr.; and sister, Elvira A. Irby and her husband, Russell G. Irby.

Virginia is survived by her daughter, Judith Collie Stafford (Carl) of Keaau, Hawaii; son, G. C. Collie Jr. (June) of Verona, Va.; grandson, Jeffrey Clark Collie (Renee) of Gray, Tenn.; granddaughter, Jennifer Collie Von Moos (Steve) of Mt. Sidney, Va.; great-grandchildren, Troy Von Moos, Gabrielle Von Moos, Eileen Collie, Hank Collie, and Sam Collie; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Ashburn of Wake, Va., Lois Collie Haney of Newport News, Va.; and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express heartfelt thanks to Emeritus At Staunton and Hospice of the Piedmont for the care they gave their mother.

Visitation will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Oct. 21, at Peninsula Funeral Home. The Rev. Franklin Hall will hold funeral services at 1 p.m., Oct. 22, at Peninsula Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Kevin Ashburn, Tommy Ashburn, Richard Lyeth, Tom Mylum, Mike Pelfrey, and John Powell.

Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity or West Waynesboro Church of Christ, 2212 Cortland Street, Waynesboro, VA 22980. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press from October 18 to October 19, 2011.
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October 16, 2011

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

~ Mary/Doug Cox, Staunton, Virginia

October 18, 2011 

Dearest 'Ginny' was "Mama #2" to me since I have any memory at all. Our families were neighbors on Huber Road in Newport News for the best growing up years a child can have! We share SO much love and wonderful memories. I thank the Lord for blessing my life with the Collie family! May He wrap you all in His great Love, Grace and Comfort.

October 18, 2011 

Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

~ Doug Gregory, Suffolk, Virginia

October 18, 2011 

We were saddened to hear of the death of your dear Mom and our friend. She was such a wonderful friend to our Mom, Mardee Kiser, when they were table buddies at Baldwin Park. May you find peace in knowing she is with her Lord.
Love and prayers,

~ Mardee Kiser and daughters Wanda & Ferral


October 18, 2011 

Dear Corky, We are sorry to read about your Mom's death. Seeing her name brought back so many wonderful memories from my teen years. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family in the days ahead.
Our love to you, Robert & Peggy

October 19, 2011 

  I met Virginia back in 1965, when I started working at the Coast Guard in Yorktown.
So sad to hear of her passing, she was such a wonderful and delightful person to be around.
I know she is still smiling, like she did every time you talked to her.
May God grant you the comfort and love you need. She was with you so many years, and now she is resting.
RIP Virginia, I have many good memories of you.

~ Peggy Douglas, Hayes, Virginia


October 20, 2011 

I'm so sorry to read Virginia's obituary in the newspaper. She was a true lady who was always friendly and caring. I worked with her at the Coast Guard in Yorktown for several years. I send my sincere condolences to the family.

October 20, 2011  

Corkie, June, and family. Gary and I are sorry to learn of your Mother's death. She had a full and wonderful life and you have many happy memories to reflect on for the rest of yours.

October 20, 2011

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

October 22, 2011

Corky, I was so sorry to hear about Aunt Ginny. I wish I could have been there to see you but my husband's health is not the best right now. I have a lot of memories of Ginny & Grover. I did ask John to get your phone # for me. Our prayers are with all of you.

~ Betty Holland Wilhelm

October 23, 2011 

We remember Mrs. Collie from our early days in the Coast Guard. She was a gracious lady and always a pleasure to be around. Our condolences to her family.

~ Jerry & Kay Griffin, Yorktown, Virginia

October 23, 2011 

We always enjoyed seeing Mrs. Collie at Bethel Baptist Church where we got to know her. We also enjoyed visiting her several times in Staunton and she will surely be missed by us. May God bless you at this time.

~ Mark & June McClelland, Poquoson, Virginia

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   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Mrs. Collie'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

Thine Be the Glory

Words by Edmond Louis Budry
(30 Aug 1854 - 12 Nov 1932)

Music by George Frideric Handel, 1947
(23 Feb 1685 - 14 Apr 1759)


Thine be the glory, risen, conq’ring Son;
Endless is the vict'ry, Thou o’er death hast won;
Angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
Kept the folded grave clothes where Thy body lay.
Thine be the glory, risen conq’ring Son,
Endless is the vict’ry, Thou o’er death hast won.

Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
Lovingly He greets us, scatters fear and gloom;
Let the church with gladness, hymns of triumph sing;
For her Lord now liveth, death hath lost its sting.
Thine be the glory, risen conq’ring Son,
Endless is the vict’ry, Thou o’er death hast won.

No more we doubt Thee, glorious Prince of life;
Life is naught without Thee; aid us in our strife;
Make us more than conq’rors, through Thy deathless love:
Bring us safe through Jordan to Thy home above.
Thine be the glory, risen conq’ring Son,
Endless is the vict’ry, Thou o’er death hast won.

"Thine Be the Glory" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 06/30/08

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of – 03/15/05

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

Silver Scroll Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I cannot seem to locate that information at the moment...

Order of the Eastern Star Emblem courtesy of - 12/20/07

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