12/01/04 - NNHS Newsletter -
Once Upon a December

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We have a couple items of sad news on this, the first day of December.


1. Judy Lucas ('64) of VA - 11/30/04

   Welcome, Judy!


From Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA - 11/29/04:

NNHS's teacher Mary Helmer Williams, history and government teacher, passed away last week.

And from Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 11/29/04:

"Miss" Helmer taught at NNHS. My brother remembers her well.

Peace & Blessing,

Mary H. Williams

NEWPORT NEWS - Mary Helmer Williams, 77, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2004, at home. A native of Newport News, Mary
had been a lifelong Peninsula resident. Following graduation from Newport News High School, Longwood College, and The College
of William & Mary, she pursued a career in education and taught History and Government in Newport News for 38 years. She retired
from her last teaching assignment at Denbigh High School in 1986. Mary was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church and later, Hidenwood Presbyterian Church. She was also a member if the Newport News Women's Club. Preceded in death by her parents,
Arthur B. and Daisy Helmer, and her sister, Martha H. Chaples, she is survived by her devoted husband of 40 years, W. E. Williams;
brother-in-law, Major Phillip L. Chaples; one aunt, several nieces and nephews. Also her devoted companion, 'Princess'. Memorial
services and a reception will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29, at Hidenwood Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 895 Middle Ground Blvd., Suite 154, Newport News, VA 23606 or
Hidenwood Presbyterian Church, 414 Hiden Blvd. Newport News, VA 23606. Arrangements are by Weymouth Funeral Home.

Published in the Daily Press from 11/26/2004 - 11/27/2004.

   Oh, my!  Thanks, Susie and Cheryl.  I'll try to make her teacher page right away.  Our sincerest sympathies are extended to her family.

From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 11/30/04:

My sister Sally, lost her husband John Sullivan to lung cancer last evening in Hampton. Got to make plans to get to Newport
News for the funeral.

   Oh, Joe!  I am so sorry to learn of this.  Please extend our deepest sympathies to Sally and her family.

John Fielding Sullivan

HAMPTON - John Fielding Sullivan, 69, husband of Sally M. Sullivan, died Monday, Nov. 29, 2004. The family will receive friends
from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church. Arrangements by R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home
in Hampton.

Published in the Daily Press on 12/1/2004.

   Sally Madagan Sullivan is, of course, of the Class of '63.

Also from Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA - 11/29/04:

Also, in reference to Steve Corum ('62), he is still living in Mobile, AL with his wife Claudia. Age has  been good to him.
He will definitely turn a woman's head.

After my father passed away, (22 years ago) my mom and Steve's dad "dated" for 18 years until his passing in Aug 2001. 
Before Mr. Corum passed away I would see Steve and Claudia at least once a year, they would rotate Thanksgiving and
Christmas each year, as Claudia is in nursing and would accommodate other nurses for the holidays.  They are both wonderful
people, and Steve is a very caring and warm person.

Carol, I am sending  a copy of the obit in case you would like to post it.

Take care and have a great week.


   WOWZERS, Susie!  I do love these Small World stories.  Thanks for sending Mr. Corum's obituary - and thank you as well
for the update on Steve.  In a world of change, it's good to know that some things - such as incredibly gorgeous men - remain

From Al Loreth of CO, one of our Famous Marines - 11/29/04:

Hey Honorary Marine,
Haven't seen anything from you in some time.  Glad to see you're still kicking.

The above link will take you to the subject.  Soon telemarketers will have access to your cell phone numbers as the National
Directory of Cell Phone Numbers is about to be published.
If you haven't signed up, I advise you do.  It's simple and safe. You may include your land line if you haven't already done so.

Regards and Semper Fi


   Thanks, Al!  I try not to kick people very often, but sometimes I just .... what's that?  OHHHH, nevermind!  WILD GIGGLES!!!

   Seriously, this is an issue of vital importance to many of you.  We appreciate your sharing it with us, Al!  Semper Fidelis!

From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 11/29/04:

Dearest Carol Buckwheat Darlin!
Just wanted to drop you a line and ask about Gail Kiger (Bonsey - '73 of OR)!  I haven't seen her in years!!  GAD! 
Would love to get her email or have her email me!  Wonder where Bro Steve is?  I know you are sitting around just
twiddling your thumbs (HA!!) but if you get the chance maybe ? you could pass this on to her?!?!?!!  Hope all is well
with ya! 
Sarah Sugar

   Thanks, Sarah Sugar!   I did pass this on to Gail.  (It took me a couple of days, but I did.)  You should be hearing from her shortly.

From Jerry Gammon ('63) of VA - 11/30/04:





   OOOPS!!!  I remember reading Nick's obituary when he passed away, but I neglected to save it.  I honestly though it was a bit further
back than that - possibly 2001.  Come to think of it, I may actually still have that obituary somewhere.  It could take me quite a while
to locate it, but I believe I DO still have it.

   Thanks so much, Jerry!  By putting us all together, we make a pretty good Typhoon Team!

From Alice Fowler Edwards ('64) of VA - 11/30/04:

Wow! I hadn't thought about Steve Corum ('62 of AL) in YEARS. I remember drooling all over the bus stop every morning
when he would say "Hi" ... Nice way to start the day. My, my, some things never change. Hope he hasn't!!

   Yessss, I  do believe that was a wonderful way to start the day!  WOWZERS!!!  Thanks, Alice!

From Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA - 11/30/04:

Hi Carol
We leave for Williamsburg tomorrow.  The Florida weather has been wonderful.  However, my husband is still coughing.  If anyone has any suggestions,
I would gladly try them.  I had always said I would rather take care of the sickest patient in ICU then my husband with a hangnail.  He has invoked those
feelings again.  Maybe the cold Virginia air will help him.
The place Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63 of VA) is talking about used to be owned by Ronnie Johnson, I think.  I've heard my brother Jay (Lane - '68) mention
this before but we have never been there.  It sounds like a great place.
Glad to hear you had a nice Thanksgiving.  After so much Turkey and Ham, we finally found a fresh seafood store at the docks in old Tampa today.  Nothing
beats the taste of freshness.  Not many places around this area that specialize in seafood other than chain restaurants. 
The Grand Illumination in Williamsburg takes place Sunday night 12/5.  Wish you could be here for the excitement.
Take care,

   Thanks, Linda!  I prsonally recommend Cepacol cough lozenges for your husband.  They come in two flavors.  I prefer the honey-lemon.

   And with Kathy, I heartily recommend RJ's for a fascinating look back at our life and times.

   The Grand Illumination - WOW!  I remember the first time I saw that.  It was probably the last time as weel, but it was in 1957.  I was
ten years old, and staying with my aunt, uncle, and cousin (Cheryl White Wilson - JMHS - '64) in Williamsburg.  I think it was when I
first became enraptured with all things Colonial.  All those white lights and fireworks - mmmm!  And yes, Jimmy-Jimmy, of course I
remember what I was wearing - a white silky blouse, a black velvet (not velveteen!) jumper, black tights, and black pumps.  It was a
very elegant occasion, so we dressed up for it.  Remember those days???

   I wish I could be there, too, Linda - thanks!

From Me ('65) of NC:



Also from Me ('65) of NC:

   Iím gonna need to figure out a better way to run things Ė it was much simpler last summer when I could devote 12 to 15 hours
a day online.  For some reason, my husband and daughter do not think this is the greatest idea I ever had.  In the interest
of balance, Iíve just been blundering a bit too much, leaving everyone annoyed.

  To all of y'all who have sent me wondrous goodies for the various pages weeks, even months ago, and are wondering why it
never appears - hang in there.  I haven't really forgotten.  Youíll notice that often I do things out of order.  This isnít fair, but itís
simpler.  I go for the easy stuff first.  If itís a simple matter of adding a comment to a page, it only takes a moment.  Images take
more time because they usually have to be both resized and compressed..  Creating a brand new page takes waaaay more time.  
The Famous Military pages which would seem easy enough involve those pesky grids Ė which often become unstable for their
own perverse reasons.

   If you think I'm only ignoring you, trust me, youíre not alone.  I have a huge backlog of images from Tim Parsons ('73) of VA,
a plethora of information from Eric Huffstutler (BHS - '75) of VA, and a goodly amount from a number of other people Ė
including even Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA.  There is a very exciting installment in process from Albert Dorner ('66) of VA, and
Tom Norris (HHS - '73)
of VA is about to send me images from his vast collections which I believe would be sufficient to open
an entire web page all by themselves.  This doesn't even count the many death notices which I have chosen to ignore, as if my
refusing to deal with them would lessen the reality of their deaths.

   But that doesnít make the backlog any easier to bear.  I just keep thinking Iíll be able to get it all done Ė and the reality is that
Iím pathetically slow.  Do ya think I should have learned to type, for instance???  Sigh.

   I do apologize.

   Y'all take care of each other!

                          Love to all, Carol


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"I only have two kinds of days: happy and hysterically happy."


Once Upon A December


Dancing Bears,
Painted wings,
Things I almost remember,
And a song someone sings,
Once upon a December

Someone holds me,
Safe and warm,
Horses prance through a silver storm,
Figures dancing gracefully,
Across my memory....

Far away,
Long ago,
Glowing dim as an ember
Things my heart used to know
Once upon a December


Someone holds me
Safe and warm,
Horses prance through a silver storm,
Figures dancing gracefully
Across my memory.....

Far away, long ago,
Glowing dim as an ember
Things my heart used to know
Things it yearns to remember

And a song
Someone sings
Once upon a December

"Once Upon a December" midi courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Set/4836/bso.htm  - 11/30/04

"Once Upon a December" lyrics courtesy of  http://disney.lyrics-songs.com/lyrics/11149/ - 11/30/04

Having recovered many, many forgotten and repressed memories in these last five years,
I can almost make it through hearing this song without breaking down and sobbing - almost....

 Snowy clip art courtesy
of http://webclipart.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=webclipart&zu=http://www.grandmasgraphics.com/winter01.htm - 12/01/04

Snowflake Divider Line clip art courtesy
http://webclipart.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=webclipart&zu=http://www.graphics-by-celeste.com/holiday_graphics/winter.html - 12/01/04

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