12/20/07 - NNHS Newsletter - Elizabeth Todd Topping

 Elizabeth Todd Topping
(3 Oct 1920 - 17 Dec 2007)

Newport News High School Class of 1937

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Sad news comes to us again today.  Elizabeth Todd Topping, Class of 1937, passed away Monday, December 17, 2007 in Newport News at the age of 87.  Mother of Mary Lynn Topping Holmes of VA and of Chuck Topping of VA, she is also the aunt of      Mary Catherine Todd Kilpatrick ('59) of VA, and of    John Todd, President of the Class of 1964, of AK.

From the Daily Press - 12/20/07:  

                   Elizabeth Todd Topping

  NEWPORT NEWS - Elizabeth Todd Topping, 87, a native and lifelong resident of Newport News, died in her sleep Monday, Dec. 17, 2007, at her apartment in the Hidenwood Retirement Community.

She was born on Oct. 3, 1920, to the late Lee Resser and Mary Barger Todd and was the sister of the late Dr. John B. Todd. In 1948, she married Charles William "Bill" Topping and they shared nearly 40 years together before his death in 1988.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Lynn T. Holmes and her husband, Richard, of Newport News; her son, Chuck and his wife, Nancy, of Chesapeake; her beloved granddaughter, Amanda Lynn Holmes of Arlington; and her three granddogs, Junebug, Sadie, and Maggie. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Lucille Todd House of Newport News, and Maggie Topping of Fairfield, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

 Elizabeth Todd Topping
She graduated from Newport News High School in 1937 and attended Farmville State Teachers' College. To begin her life of service, she transferred to the Medical College of Virginia and received her R.N. in 1942. She was an industrial nurse in the Shipyard clinic from 1942-1952 and continued to do relief work there until 1971. She also nurtured her love of cooking and baking by working as a caterer for many years, much to the delight of her friends and family.

Elizabeth was a Past Worthy Matron of Warwick 43, Order of the Eastern Star; Past Bethel Guardian of Bethel 31, International Order of Job's Daughters, and a recipient of the Grand Cross of Color from the Rainbow Girls. She served several terms as president of the DeMolay Mothers' Club, was a Girl Scout leader and a Cub Scout Den Mother. She was also a member of the Red Hat Society. She was a longtime volunteer in the Education Department at the Mariners' Museum, where she was twice awarded for her volunteerism. Additionally, she was a poll worker at the Riverside precinct for many years.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at Weymouth Funeral Home. An Eastern Star service will be conducted at 6:30 p.m. that Friday by members of Warwick Chapter 43. A graveside service will be conducted at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22, at Peninsula Memorial Park by the Rev. Joshua M. Speight of North Riverside Baptist Church, where Elizabeth worshipped for more than 40 years. As a woman who always wanted everyone to be comfortable, and loved bright colors, it is Elizabeth's request that casual, colorful attire be worn to the visitation and funeral.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be sent to the Gildersleeve Middle School Library, 1 Minton Drive, Newport News, VA 23606, or the Chesapeake Care Free Clinic, 2145 S. Military Highway, Chesapeake, VA 23220.
Arrangements made by Weymouth Funeral Home, 12746 Nettles Drive, Newport News, Va., (757) 930-2222.

Published in the Daily Press on 12/20/2007.
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Being a member of North Riverside Baptist Church since 1987, I can never remember seeing Elizabeth without a smile on her face. I saw her at the Hidenwood a couple of weeks ago and she said she was happy and she loved it there. Elizabeth had such a beautiful spirit and she passed it on to those she met and you always felt so good after talking with her.
May God's Mercy fill your hearts with Peace and your memories of your loved one give you eternal Joy.
Tina Adderholdt (Newport News, VA) - December 20, 2007
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   Our deepest condolences are extended to the Topping and Todd families at this difficult time.

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

                          Love to all, Carol


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Come, Ye Disconsolate

Words by Thomas Moore; alt. by Thomas Hastings
Music by Samuel Webbe

Come, ye disconsolate, where'er ye languish.
Come to the mercy seat, fervently kneel.
Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish;
Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.

Joy of the desolate, light of the straying,
Hope of the penitent, fadeless and pure!
Here speaks the Comforter, tenderly saying,
"Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot cure."

Here see the bread of life; waters flowing
Forth from the throne of God, pure from above.
Come to the feast of love; come, ever knowing
Earth has no sorrow but heaven can remove.

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