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08/22/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Anna Hallett Sniffen

Anna Hallett Sniffen
(4 Nov 1913 - 17 Aug 2008)

Newport News High School Class of 1931

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   
We have more sad news this morning. 
 Anna Hallett Sniffen, Valedictorian of the Class of 1931 and former Newport News High School faculty member, passed away at her home in Readfield, Maine on Sunday, August 17, 2008 at the age of 94. 

 From the Daily Press - 08/22/08:   

              Anna Hallett Sniffen


READFIELD, Maine - Anna Hallett Sniffen died on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008, at her home of the last several years in Maine.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Scott Sniffen.

She is survived by her son, Tim, and daughter-in-law, Luvia, of Readfield, Maine; by her daughter, Anne, and son-in-law, Ward Cates, of Center Valley, Pa.; and also by her grandchildren, Matthew Sniffen, Benjamin Sniffen, Peter Sniffen and Katherine Cates. She had three great-granddaughters, Claire, Emily, and Hannah, as well as a nephew, several cousins, and their families, all much loved.


Anna Hallett Sniffen


Anna Hallett was born in rural Nottoway County, Va., on Nov. 4, 1913, the daughter of C. H. Spurgeon Hallett and Charlotte Langslow. Her mother died when Anna was only three, and Spur later married Martha Gentry who raised Anna and her brothers, Stuart and Horace Hallett, in Newport News. She graduated from Newport News High School in 1931, valedictorian of her class, followed by graduation from Westhampton College of the University of Richmond in 1935. Upon graduation, Anna taught, first at Hilton Elementary School, then at Newport News High School, followed by a position at the Langley Air Force Base School, and later at the Robert Sugden School in Hampton. In later years, she worked as a teacher and tutor of home-bound students.
Anna married Harold Sniffen in June of 1940. Their marriage was a loving partnership which created a secure home for their two children, and also sustained each other for 56 years. She cherished her family ties to England, but also loved Tidewater Virginia, particularly her home in the Chesapeake Avenue neighborhood of Hampton.

Anna's adult life was marked by service to her community. She was on the boards of both the Community Concerts and the Peninsula Symphony Orchestra. She was president of the Peninsula Chapter of the YWCA and a member of the Pembroke Garden Club. She volunteered at the Hampton Public Library and worked regularly at the Riverside Rehabilitation Institute gift shop in her later years, which was very rewarding for her.

Through much of her life, she was active in the Episcopal Church. Anna was a founding member of Grace Church, Newport News, later joining St. John's Church in Hampton. She served as president of both the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Southern Virginia and of the Church Women of Province III. She was named one of ten church women of the year at the Forty-first Triennial Meeting of the National Episcopal Church Women. Anna was active in the National Cathedral Association and the Church Periodical Club.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Sept. 13, at St. John's Church, Hampton, the Rev. Donna-Mae Siderius officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in her name may be sent to Jackson Feild Homes, 546 Walnut Grove Drive, Jarratt, VA 23867, or to a charity of your choosing.
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Published in the Daily Press on 8/22/2008.
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Friday, August 22, 2008

Miss Hallett was a much loved 6th grade teacher of mine in Hilton Village--the best teacher I've ever had!! I last saw her at her home in 1996 when I was in Hampton to attend my Morrison High School Reunion (with Doris Mahanes). She was as bright as ever and remembered both of us well! My best regards to her family. Tim was with her when I saw her last.
Virginia Boyd Coletti, Sunnyvale, California
—Virginia Coletti, Sunnyvale, California Contact Me


Friday, August 22, 2008

I worked at Riverside Rehab with Anna. It was my first job out of college and upon meeting Anna, we became fast friends. She had me to her home so that I could cut hydrangeas that I loved!
I thought then what I still feel is...I want to grow up to be like Anna. She was open minded and energetic and I have missed her over the years.
May the memories of Anna sustain us in this sad time.
Kim (Christoff) Melson, Newport News.
—Kim Melson, Newport News, Virginia Contact Me

Friday, August 22, 2008

Our sincere condolences
—Kennebec Pharmacy & Home Care, Augusta, Maine

Saturday, August 23, 2008

My sincere sympathy to the family. I was a former member of Grace Church in Newport News with Harold and Anna. They both were very precious to me during that time.
—Sallie Brandt, Newport News, Virginia

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Dear Tim,

You might not remember me because it has been nearly 40 years since we have seen each other, My name is Robin Davis Carson. I was one of your seventh grade students at Thomas Eaton Junior HIgh. After many years of living around the country and working for the theme park division of Anheuser-Busch, I have returned to Williamsburg with my husband and 14 year old daughter. I quickly recognized the Sniffen name in the obituaries yesterday.

I am so very sorry to read about your mother. What a wonderful person she must have been. I don't recall ever meeting her, but clearly she was a blessing to all that knew her. And, I would believe that one gift she left this world is you. If I could, I would thank her for the gentle influence you had on my life so many years ago.

Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
—Robin Davis Carson, Williamsburg, Virginia Contact Me

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Sorry to read about your mother. I hope to see you at St. John's in September.

Mother was quite upset to note her passing into forever.
—Stephen Sheriff, Yorktown, Virginia Contact Me

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Years of beautiful friendship on Chesapeake Ave., a beloved teacher, cherished memories will be with us always. Regret we will be in Kansas on the 13th. Devotedly.
—Anne and Howard Curfman, Hampton, Virginia


Sunday, August 24, 2008

Dear Tim and Luvia,

I don't know what to say other than I am thinking of you and praying for you. The two of you have been a model of strength for me in how you cherished and took care of Anna. Luvia, from what you have told me about her, she must have been special, as are you and Tim.

—Janet Dunham, Belgrade, Maine Contact Me

Monday, August 25, 2008

Ms. Anna,
You were always a very special person to me.

God Bless you
—Jennifer Small, Hampton, Virginia

   Our deepest condolences are extended to Mrs. Sniffen's family, friends and former students at this time.

From Bill Gross (February '48) of VA - 08/26/08:

Mrs. Sniffen was my science teacher my freshman year (1944) at NNHS.  She was a good teacher and very kind as I remember.  I have thought about her many times over the years and wondered if she was still living and now I know.....

You do a great dedicated job.  Thanks,
Bill Gross (Feb.1948)

   Thank you, Bill.

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305

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