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01/04/11 - NNHS Newsletter -
Millie Padgett Forbes

 Millicent Padgett Forbes
(d. 02 Jan 2011)

Newport News High School Class of 1952

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   There is still sad news to report this Tuesday morning.   Millie Padgett Forbes, Class of 1952, sister of    Bubby Padgett ('54) of VA, Meryl Padgett Downing of VA, and    Florence Padgett White ('62) of VA, passed away in Newport News on Sunday, January 02, 2011 at the age of 75.

 From the Daily Press - 01/04/11:

                      Millicent Padgett Forbes

    NEWPORT NEWS - Millicent "Millie" Padgett Forbes, 75, died Sunday, January 2, 2011.

She was born in Newport News and spent the last 25 years living in Nags Head, N.C. Millie graduated from Newport News High School, where she was a proud cheerleader and was named Miss Newport News. She was an active member of The Good Friends Club, NNHS Class of 1952. She had an eye for fashion and was involved in putting on fashion shows for several local stores including, Meryl Lipman, LaVogue and David Levy. She worked as a house-mother for over 10 years at Pi Kappa Alpha at Washington & Lee University. She had a zest for life and brought that energy to everything she did including her love for animals.
Millie Padgett Forbes
Millie was preceded in death by her parents, Norris and Charlotte Padgett and her husband, O. Kennedy Forbes.

She is survived by her devoted daughter, Betsy Forbes Hodson and her husband, Eric of Newport News; her brother, Norris "Bubby" Padgett of Seaford; her sisters, Meryl Downing and Florence White, both of Newport News and her two grandsons, Elliot Hodson attending JMU and Dylan Hodson attending Ferrum College, both of whom she was so proud of.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, January 6, 2011, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Weymouth Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held in Nags Head, N.C., at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Millie's name to the Virginia Living Museum, Curatorial Department, 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601. Arrangements by Weymouth Funeral Home.
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Published in the Daily Press from January 4 to January 5, 2011.

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January 04, 2011

Betsy - What a beautiful lady! I never had the pleasure of meeting your mom. Please know you are in my prayers; and I am so very sorry for your loss.
May your memories of her and God's grace help you during this most difficult time.
Love, Barbara E Tyner


January 04, 2011

Merle, Margaret & I were sorry to hear about Millie; our best to you Florence and Betsey.

January 04, 2011

Betsy- I am glad to have known your mom, and my prayers are with you - having been through losing my Mom, it is a hard time - just think of the good times - all my love, Patty Hughes

Patty Hughes

January 04, 2011

Merle, We are so sorry to hear the news of the loss of sister. May you be comforted by the fond memories and love of your family. She is in a much better place. Our love to you and your family. Love, Jenn & Rob

January 04, 2011

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

January 04, 2011
We'll miss you, Millie, but thanks for giving your heart and soul while on this journey on earth together. You were an inspiration. My sympathy to all your family and the Old Friends Club (OFC), NNHS Class of '52, of which I am glad to be a part.

January 04, 2011
I've known Millie since I was a little girl .. I used to play "dress up" in her closet. She was such a lovely lady. Rest in peace.

~ Tina Burroughs Farmer, Newport News, Virginia

January 04, 2011
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

January 04, 2011
As young girls, Tina Burroughs and I spent a lot of time at the Padgett house and we were always in awe of Millie. She was so beautiful.

~ Nancy Horton Wilkes, Panama City Beach, Florida

January 05, 2011

Betsy and family: We are so sorry to hear about your Mom and hope you find comfort in knowing you are in the hearts and prayers of all your friends. Love,

January 05, 2011

  Betsy, Eric and Families:

I am sorry to here of the loss of your mom (Betsy). She was always such a bright light and a strong supporter of many causes. May you be comforted during this time of loss remembering the strong legacy that she leaves.

January 05, 2011

Dear Florence, So sorry to read about your sister's passing. Please know that you are in my thoughts during this difficult time of your life.

January 06, 2011

no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer.
Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.

January 06, 2011
Dear Norris, Merle, and Florence,
I remember when I lived on Hampton Avenue, I would visit when you all had bible school in the summer in your yard. I lived at 1029 Hampton Avenue. Norris and I graduated in the same year 1954 and were in the "Hall of Fame" together. I remember Millie as being so beautiful. When we moved from East End, Newport News, I didn't see her until we were across the hall from each other at Riverside Hospital, me giving birth to Ricky and she giving birth to Betsy. That seems like a long, long time ago. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you at this sorrowful time. Just know she is with mom and dad now and is enjoying perfect health.


Betty Jean Smith Beeler

   Our sincerest condolences are extended to all of Millie's family and friends at this time.

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

All Creatures of Our God and King

The words are a paraphrase of "Canticle of the Sun" by Saint Francis of Assisi (1181/1182 – 03 Oct 1226), circa 1225
Written shortly before his death, it was not published for almost 400 years.
Translated to English by William H. Draper (19 Dec 1855 - 09 Aug 1933), it first appeared in the Public School Hymn Book, 1919.

Music: "
Lasst Uns Erfreuen", Ausserlesene Catholische Geistliche Kirchengesäng (Köln, Germany: Peter von Brachel, 1623)
Harmony by Ralph Vaughan Williams (12 Oct 1872 - 26 Aug 1958) in The English Hymnal (London: Oxford University Press, 1906), number 519

All creatures of our God and King,
lift up your voices, let us sing:
Alleluia, alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beams,
thou silver moon that gently gleams,
O praise him, O praise him,
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Thou rushing wind that art so strong,
ye clouds that sail in heaven along,
O praise him, Alleluia!
Thou rising morn, in praise rejoice,
ye lights of evening, find a voice, (R)

Thou flowing water, pure and clear,
make music for thy Lord to hear,
Alleluia, alleluia!
Thou fire so masterful and bright,
that givest man both warmth and light, (R)

Dear mother earth, who day by day
unfoldest blessings on our way,
O praise him, Alleluia!
The flowers and fruits that in thee grow,
let them his glory also show: (R)

And all ye men of tender heart,
forgiving others, take your part,
O sing ye Alleluia!
Ye who long pain and sorrow bear,
praise God and on him cast your care: (R)

And thou, most kind and gentle death,
waiting to hush our latest breath,
O praise him, Alleluia!
Thou leadest home the child of God,
and Christ our Lord the way hath trod: (R)

Let all things their Creator bless,
and worship him in humbleness,
O praise him, Alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
and praise the Spirit, Three in One: (R)

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