08/07/05 - Old Style NNHS Newsletter - Pam Mitchell Bray and Mae Ross Dick
Dear Friends and Classmates,
I am visiting with family in Illinois this week,
but sadly I have two more deaths to report to you:
Pam Rosalie Mitchell Bray
NEWPORT NEWS - Pamela Rosalie Bray, 58, a resident of
Newport News, died Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2005. Pamela was
a former 'Golden Pussycat Dancer' for radio station
WGH 1310 during the mid 1960s and was a member of the
Warwick Moose Lodge and a graduate of Newport News
High School. Mrs. Bray was a International Wildlife
Artist and and was known by many of her friends as
'Pam the Painter,' and she also enjoyed the art of
making ceramics for many years. She is survived by her
loving husband of 25 years, Samuel G. Bray Jr.; her
mother, Essie Hayes of Newport News; two children,
Gary Warren Wilson and his wife, Amy, of Newport News
and John Newton Wilson and his wife, Sherry, of
Willliamsburg, Va.; a sister, Theda A. Haney and her
husband, Jeryl, of Louisa, Va.; a brother, Dick
Mitchell of California; a mother-in-law, Margaret Bray
Onasch and her husband, Paul; and a sister-in-law,
Barbara Lilly and her husband, Chuck, all of Newport
News; two grandsons, John Newton Wilson II and Dylan
Wilson; and her white cockatiel, 'Angel'. A memorial
service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at W.
J. Smith & Son Funeral Home with the Rev. Mr. Bernie
Taylor officiating. The family will receive friends
following the service at the residence. Pamela always
put the needs of others before her own. In the hearts
of her family and all who knew her she will always be
an angel. In lieu of flowers contributions may be sent
to the Pamela R. Bray Trust Fund, 423 Morrison Ave.,
Newport News, VA 23601. Arrangements by W. J. Smith &
Son Funeral Home.
Published in the Daily Press on 8/5/2005.
I am embarrassed to say that I cannot place Pam in
my mind at the moment, though surely I knew her. I
did recognize the name of Chuck Lilly ('63) as her
brother-in-law. I called upon my panel of experts for
assisstance. The most complete response came from
Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA:
... I checked my Anchors for any "Pamela" or
"Pam" in 63/64/65/66. Most are accounted for, but
there are 2 whom I would have to investigate. If she
was 58, she had to be among those classes. Even if
she went by Rosalie, we would have found her by now.
Also, I have been checking the Daily Press obituary
Guest Book for any condolence submitters who may give
us a clue. I even ran all the variations of her name
through Classmates.com .... nada
Thank you, Captain.
Then from Bill Black ('66) of GA - 08/07/05:
Attached is a photo of Pamela Rosalie ( Mitchell )
Bray, Class of 1966
Hercule Poiroblack, ace sleuth
Thanks so much, Bill.
As it happens, I did not have the pleasure of
knowing Pam. I'm not attaching this image at this
time, but hope to have it posted (yea, verily!) soon.
Our deepest sympathies are extended to her family
Mary Ross Dick
NEWPORT NEWS - Mary R. Dick, 97, passed away Thursday,
Aug. 4, 2005, at Riverside Regional Convalescent
Center. A native of Glasgow, Scotland, she had been a
Peninsula resident since 1930. She was a member of the
Bethany Gospel Chapel. Mary was preceded in death by
her husband, Forbes Rennie Dick. She is survived by
her daughter, Virginia M. Castle of Newport News; two
sons, Forbes Rennie Dick Jr. of Newport News and
Norman R. Dick of Chattanooga, Tenn.; 17
grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and five
great-great-grandchildren. The family will receive
friends from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, at Peninsula
Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 2
p.m. Monday, Aug. 8, in Peninsula Memorial Park.
Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published in the Daily Press from 8/6/2005 - 8/7/2005.
Mae Dick's three children, Virginia ('51??), Rennie
('54) and Norman ('60), were all graduates of NNHS.
How well I remember Mrs. Dick's beautiful lilting
Scottish accent. I always delighted to hear her say
simple phrases such as, "Oh, my gracious!" I last saw
her when Rennie and Lita brought her to my mother's
funeral in February of 1999. I had not seen her in 32
years, and was amazed at how strong she was at 90
years of age. Given her strong work ethic, her
endurance should not have surprised me.
We extend our deepest sympathies to the entire
family - including my nieces and nephew, Shari, Renee,
and Kevin, who have lost their beloved grandmother.
In closing I'll leave you with this thought for the
"You have it easily in your power to increase the sum
total of this world's happiness now. How? By giving a
few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is
lonely or discouraged."
-- Dale Carnegie
(1888 - 1955)
As always, y'all take care of each other.
Love to all, Carol
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Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9305
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