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11/16/17 - NNHS Newsletter -
Gaye Hogge Topping

Mary Gaynelle Hogge Topping
(03 Oct 1938 - 15 Nov 2017)

Newport News High School Class of 1956

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   There is more sad news this Thursday.
Gaye Hogge Topping, Secretary of the Class of 1956, widow of Larry Topping, and sister of Bonnie Hogge Mizelle of VA and of the late Jerry Hogge (Thomas Jefferson HS / NNHS - '53), passed away in Poquoson on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at the age of 79.

From the Daily Press - 11/16/17:

                Mary Gaynelle Hogge Topping



POQUOSON - Mary Gaynelle "Gaye" H. Topping, 79, passed away on November 15, 2017 at home with her family by her side after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born on October 3, 1938, in Newport News to Jerome Wallace and Clarke Hogge. Gaye graduated from Newport News High School and was a lifelong Peninsula resident.

Gaye was a wonderful homemaker for her four boys, and later a wonderful "Mama", or "Mawmaw" to her 12 grandchildren.

Her professional experience included serving as secretary for her husband's law practice.





She was an avid volunteer to numerous organizations in the Hampton Roads area and enjoyed her membership in the Huntington Garden Club where she held several officer positions, and she honed her talent in flower arranging. Gaye's love for gardening started at an early age and was evident at her home on Cedar Road where she was often seen "playing in her mud pies."

She was a member of the D.A.R. and was passionate about community service, educating children, and honoring and supporting those who serve our nation. She was also a long-time member of the Junior League of Hampton Roads and one of the early committee members who helped sustain the "Nature Museum" now known as the Virginia Living Museum.

Gaye was a gourmet cook, and her life of service for others manifested itself in a "meal ministry" for her friends, family and neighbors during their times of need. She was an avid bridge player, loved to read, loved the outdoors and teaching her children and grandchildren about nature.

Gaye had a large circle of loyal friends many of whom were lifelong pals. To know Gaye was to love her fun spirit, warm laughter, kind heart and her willingness to always put others' needs before her own. She could take the ordinary and make it special and extraordinary.

Gaye was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Larry M. Topping, Esq.; and brother, Jerome W. Hogge Jr.

She is survived by her four sons, Larry Jr. and wife Diane of Newport News, Parker of Poquoson, Wallace and wife Kim of Chesapeake, and William and wife JoLyn of Chesterfield; sister Bonnie Mizelle and husband Ralph of Virginia Beach and their two children and three grandchildren; sister-in-law Martha Anne Hogge and her two children and two grandchildren; twelve grandchildren, Hannah, Katherine, William, Trevor, Kendal Lyn, Trent, Samantha, Amanda, Davis, Parker, Grace and Mary Kathryn; and a host of friends and neighbors who were like family.

Visitation will be held on Friday evening, November 17th, 6-8:00 PM at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home in Poquoson.

A memorial service honoring Gaye will be held on Saturday, November 18, 11:00 AM, at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, Newport News, officiated by The Rev'd Scott Baker. Burial will be private at Peninsula Memorial Park, Newport News.

Gaye's family wishes to thank the Virginia Cancer Institute for the care and compassion shown to her during her illness.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the , 11835 Canon Blvd, Suite A102, Newport News, Va. 23606. Online condolences to View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on November 18, 2017.
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March 15, 2017

Cathy and Matt,

We are so sorry to hear about Lynda's passing. I hope that your family is doing well and pray that you have strength through this difficult time. Wow, what a beautiful picture of Lynda.

Don and Kathi Goodwin

March 15, 2017  
"A human life is a story told by God. ~ Hans Christian Andersen
Our prayers are with you and your family.
Brian, Mary, and Tess

~ Mary Dykas, Newport News, V

May 23, 2017


May 23, 2017



May 23, 2017
   Our deepest sympathies are extended to George, and indeed to all of Lynda's family and friends at this difficult time.


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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Servant of God, Well Done!

Words by Charles Wesley (28 Dec 1707 - 29 Mar 1788)

Music by George J. Elvey (27 Mar 1816 - 09 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?

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Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of – 03/15/05

DAR logo courtesy of - 01/13/08

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

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