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12/13/12 - NNHS Newsletter -
Lucille Duncan Blackard

M. Lucille Duncan Blackard
(28 July 1914 - 11 Dec 2012)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   We have that awaited sad Memorial Edition of the NNHS Newsletter now today.  
Lucille Duncan Blackard, mother of    Patsy Blackard Hallett ('65) of VA and mother-in-law of the late   Bill Hallett, Class of 1965 (31 May 1947 - 26 July 1992), passed away on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 in Richmond at the age of 98-1/2.

     From the Head Cheerleader of 1965, Pam Smith Arnold of VA - 12/11/12, 8:21 AM:


   Patsy Blackard Hallett's mother died early this morning. She was 98.5 and had been suffering from Alzheimer's for a number of years. The obituary will be in one of the Richmond papers, I think. Patsy is making arrangements today.

Too much of this stuff.
Love - Pam 

   OH, NO! You are certainly right there, Cousin Pam!  I'm so sorry to learn this news, but thank you so much for telling me.  I remember Mrs. Blackard as a warm, gracious, and helpful lady.  In fact, she found me my first job.  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Patsy and her family.

From the Richmond Times Dispatch - 12/12/12:

Blackard, Mrs. M. Lucille Duncan, 98, of Richmond, formerly of Cumberland County, a World War II Navy WAVES veteran, a retired employee of the Virginia Employment Commission, widow of James Blackard.

From the Richmond Times Dispatch - 12/13/12:

              Lucille Duncan Blackard



BLACKARD, M. Lucille Duncan, passed away on December 11, 2012 in Richmond, Va., at the age of 98. She was born and raised in Cumberland County, Va., and was a resident of Richmond since 1979.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Blackard; six siblings; and her son-in-law, William Hallett.

She served during World War II in the U.S. Navy WAVES before a career with the Virginia Employment Commission. She will be remembered for her devotion to family, quick wit, great sense of style, and versatile capabilities.

She is survived by her daughter, Patsy Hallett of Richmond; grandchildren, Matthew Hallett of Alexandria, Va., and Sarah Hallett of Charlotte, N.C.; also numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.





She is survived by her daughter, Patsy Hallett of Richmond; grandchildren, Matthew Hallett of Alexandria, Va., and Sarah Hallett of Charlotte, N.C.; also numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, December 15, at 2 p.m., with a visitation one hour prior at the Parham Chapel, Woody Funeral Home, 1771 N. Parham Rd. Interment Greenwood Memorial Gardens.

Contributions in Lucille's memory may be made to Oakwood United Methodist Church, 1291 Columbia Road, Columbia, Va. 23038.

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Published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on December 13, 2012.
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December 14, 2012

Dear Patsy, Matthew and Sarah,

With much regret, I noticed the newspaper obituary for Lucille. You all have our deepest sympathy for her passing.

Meeting Lucille, getting to know her and enjoying her company was a true blessing for my father, Al Miller, when they both were at Imperial Plaza. She was a most welcome extension of our family. Lucille was a lovely and gracious lady.

~ Ruth Ambrogi, Richmond, Virginia

December 14, 2012
Thinking of you and remembering all the good times when you mom was visiting. Know that I am praying for you and your family. Sandy McCrickard

~ Sandy McCrickard, Wanchese, North Carolina

December 14, 2012
Patsy and family:
So sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Know that our love and prayers are with you. Much love,

~ Sarah (Puckett) and Lou Kressaty

December 15, 2012
Dear Patsy,
I'm so very sorry to learn of the passing of your mother. Moms are indeed special and I know yours will be greatly missed.
Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
May God comfort you now and always.

Joe Wingo

December 15, 2012

Patsy, I am sorry for your loss, God bless,

~ George Konstant

December 17, 2012

Dearest Patsy,
I am so sorry to learn of your mother's passing. She was one of the kindest ladies I ever met. After graduation, I stopped by the Virginia Employment Agency one afternoon and she was the person I talked with. I wanted a job as I was not too sure about going to Nursing School. I thought I should make money and go to school later. She talked to me and gave me encouragement and support. I went back several times to see her but not after I graduated. I'm not sure I would have gone or even finished if it hadn't been for your mother. I will never forget her kind words. You will miss her as most of us ahead of you. Hold on to her memories. She's not far away.
Much Love

~ Linda Lane Lane, Williamsburg, Virginia

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  Our sincerest condolences are extended to Patsy and her 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

Be Thou My Vision

Irish Hymn, c. 8th century

Translated by Mary Elizabeth Byrne (02 July 1880 - 19 Jan 1931), 1905

Versified by Eleanor Henrietta Hull (15 Jan 1860 - 13 Jan 1935), 1912

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
Thou my soulís Shelter, Thou my high Tower:
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.

Riches I heed not, nor manís empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heavenís joys, O bright Heavenís Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

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