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10/19/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Helen Gardner Hunewill

Helen Gardner Hunewill
(14 Feb 1923 - 04 Oct 2010)

Newport News High School Class of 1941

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   We have even more sad news today.
  Helen Gardner Hunewill, Class of 1941, mother of   Gail Watkins Conway ('64) and Ann Watkins Grant, and sister of Brian Gardner, Don Gardner, and Cheryl Gardner Pearce, and of the late Sarah Gardner Davis and Edward Gardner, passed away in Newport News on Monday, October 4, 2010 at the age of 87.

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/08/10 - "Mother of  Gail Watkins (Conway), NNHS 1964":

Carol, I am fairly sure that this lady is the mother of my classmate, Gail Watkins Conway, whose husband is named David. Also, the number of Conway grandchildren matches the number of Conway children, which Gail reported for the 2009 Old Rusty Anchor.

I have sent the obit to      Sue Miller Dearnley,   Cookie Phillips Tyndall,   Jane Coltrain Leonard, and    Angie Ray Smith for confirmation. If true, I will notify my class, but we have missed the services and burial.

Actually, these photos cinch it; I can see Gail in several.

   Thank you, David. I had neglected to mention Gail and her sister Ann in my original announcement.

From the Daily Press - 10/06/10:   

                   Helen Gardner Hunewill



NEWPORT NEWS - Helen Gardner Hunewill, 87, passed away on Monday, Oct. 4,

She was born in Franklin, Va., and had been a resident of the Peninsula for most
of her life.

Helen was a member of Orcutt Baptist Church of Newport News. She graduated
from Newport News High School in 1941. She had been employed at Fort Monroe as
an administrative assistant and retired in 1983 after 23 years of service. She had a
wall of commendations for her work.



Preceding her in death was her loving husband of 25 years, Leon Hunewill; sister, Sarah Davis; and brother, Edward Gardner.

She is survived by her daughters, Gail Conway and husband, David, and Ann Grant. She also embraced her stepchildren, Scott
Hunewill and wife, Laurie, Lee-Ann Fick and husband, David, Janice Ford and husband, Drew, Bill Hunewill, Nancy Wilson and
husband, Ken; her two grandsons, John Conway and wife, Chrissy, and Ben Conway; her stepgrandchildren, Ian and Brittany
Hunewill, Jennifer, Sarah and Michael Fick, Corey Archer and wife, Jen, and Eric Archer, and Marcus and Justin Wilson; her five
great-grandchildren, Jessica and Aidan Conway, Andrew and Macie Conway, and Travis Hunewill. She is also survived by two
brothers and one sister, Brian Gardner and wife, Joyce, Don Gardner, and Cheryl Pearce and husband, Sidney.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home. A celebration of Helen's life
will be held Friday, Oct. 8, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Parklawn Memorial Park. Dr. R. Furman Kenney
will conduct the memorial service. The family invites friends to join them at Crowne Plaza in Hampton for a luncheon reception
following the service.

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

Arrangements are under the direction of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Ave., Hampton, VA 33666. View and
post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press from October 6 to October 8, 2010.

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October 06, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your extended family Bill. I'm sure Helen appreciates all you did for her. She was a nice lady.
~ Kimmy Freeborough, Hampton, Virginia

October 06, 2010

My love and prayers are with you in your loss. May God grant comfort.

~ Ken Peterson, Pastor, Ivy Farms COB, Newport News, Virginia


October 06, 2010   


Sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. May God be with you and your family.

October 06, 2010   

Bill, I was sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. Know you are much loved during this this sad time of shared memories.

~ Bobbie Grass, Newport News, Virginia

October 07, 2010

Bill my prayers are with you and your family. I wish I could be there.

~ Mary Mister, Fajardo, Puerto Rico

October 07, 2010

We were shocked and saddened to hear of your mom's passing. You are a dear friend and our thoughts are with you and your family.

~ Bea & Monica Mills-Desroches, Hampton, Virginia

October 07, 2010

To Ann and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of bereavement. May her spirit "LIVE" forever within your hearts.

October 07, 2010

My thoughts & prayers are with you. Your mother was a very sweet person.

~ Charlie Smith, Gloucester, Virginia 

October 08, 2010

Sorry to hear about your mom. She was a sweet lady and will be missed. If you need anything just let me know.
God Bless,
~ Sherri Snider, Poquoson, Virginia

October 08, 2010

Dear Gail and Ann, I send my sympathy and love you you at this time. I know you had such a wonderful relationship with you mother when we were growing up in Newport News. May you find joy and peace in the many fond memories of your precious mother. I pray for you and your families as you face the future and am thankful for the influence our mothers had on us and who we are today.
Love, Sue Miller Dearnley

~ Sue Miller Dearnley, Yorktown, Virginia
Thinking of you and your family.

~ Marty Credle Dabbs, McDonald,

October 09, 2010

Gail, Thommy and I are saddened to learn of your loss. We regret that we could not be there with you. Please know that you and the family are in our prayers.

~ Charles Snead, Hendersonville, North Carolina

October 10, 2010

Gail, my deepest condolences on the passing of your mother.
~ David Spriggs, Norfolk, Virginia  

October 10, 2010

Gail, I am so sorry for your loss. I know what you are going through and it is hard, but you will treasure all of the wonderful memories you share with your mom. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.

October 10, 2010

Gail, I am sorry to hear about the death of your mother. You have my deepest sympathy and I place you and your family in my prayers.

October 11, 2010


So sorry for your loss - I pray God's peace will bring you comfort in this time of sorrow. Suzanne (VanNoy) Mink

~ Suzanne VanNoy Mink, Harrison, Ohio

October 12, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
~ Unsigned

October 13, 2010

 Please accept our deepest sympathies. We enjoyed being Helen's neighbor for so many years. She will be missed.

~ Jake & Ginger Smith, Poquoson, Virginia

October 20, 2010    

My sincere sympathy to the entire family in the loss of your loved one. I well remember Helen from Orcutt Baptist Church. Helen was a true lady and always kind and sweet. She was from such a dear family. I knew the entire Gardner family and recall them with much love. Helen's brother, and my friend, Don, took our wedding pictures 45 years ago and also took our N.N.H.S. class of 1960 reunion picture for the last two reunions. May God give you strength at this difficult time.
Fred Mays of Newport News, VA
~ Frederick Mays, Newport News, Virginia

November 05, 2010    

   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Gail and Ann and all of Mrs. Hunewill'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

Lead Me Gently Home

Words and Music by Will L. Thompson, 1879
(7 Nov 1847 - 20 Sept 1909)

Lead me gently home, Father,
Lead me gently home;
When life’s toils are ended,
And parting days have come,
Sin no more shall tempt me,
Ne’er from Thee I’ll roam,
If Thou’ll only lead me, Father,
Lead me gently home.

* Refrain:
Lead me gently home, Father,
Lead me gently home, Father,
Lest I fall upon the wayside,
Lead me gently home.

Lead me gently home, Father,
Lead me gently home;
In life’s darkest hours, Father,
When life’s troubles come,
Keep my feet from wand’ring,
Lest from Thee I roam,
Lest I fall upon the wayside,
Lead me gently home.

"Lead Me Gently Home" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 05/16/08

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of – 03/15/05

Flower Bar 27 Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 01/26/10

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

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