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01/14/13 - NNHS Newsletter - Dorothy Staples Durrette

Dorothy Staples Durrette
(11 Feb 1923 - 12 Jan 2013)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have yet another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter today.     Dorothy Staples Durrette, sister-in-law of    Phil Durrette ('61) of Costa Rica, passed away in Hampton on Saturday, January 12, 2013 one month before her 90th birthday. 

From Karrin Williams Frankie (NNHS / Warwick HS - '61) of VA - 01/17/13, 3:12 PM - "Info for Your Page":

  Phillip Durrette lost his sister-in-law last week. He was class of ’61. He still lives in Costa Rica. Thanks.

Karrin Williams Frankie (WHS ’61 but would have been NNHS!!!)

   Karrin, I'm so sorry! Thank you for alerting me to this.

From the Daily Press - 01/14/13: 

                   Dorothy Staple Durrette




HAMPTON - Dorothy Staples Durrette, born February 11, 1923, passed away at the age of 89 on Saturday, January 12, 2013. She was a native of Newport News, VA and a resident of Hampton for most of her life.

Dorothy was a devoted mother and wife. She was the secretary/treasurer of Durrette Inc., a commercial fishing business, and a member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Hampton.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Richard Eldridge and Janie Cox Staples; husband, Floyd Evans Durrette; granddaughter, Kathryn Turner; and seven siblings.

She is survived by her daughters, Cheryle Gumaer, Judy Jones (Dale) both of Hampton; Betty Pettingill (Wynn) of Idaho Falls, ID, and Teresa Colgan (Bob) of Scottsboro, AL; 10 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; sister, Helen S. Walker of Newport News; and brother-in-law, Phillip Durrette of Costa Rica.



A celebration of Dorothy's life will begin at 11 a.m., Tuesday, January 15 at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Parklawn Memorial Park.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Assoc., 500 E. Plume St., #110, Norfolk, VA, 23510, or the American Diabetes Association, 1701 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA, 22311. Friends are encouraged to visit to share memories and words of condolence with the family.

Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, VA 23666.View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press on January 14, 2013.
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January 13, 2013
May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.

~ American Heart Association


January 14, 2013
Ms. Judy, I am sorry to hear of the loss of your mother, and Jennifer- your grandmother. It's a difficult time for you and your families. Our condolences and sympathy are with you all.

January 15, 2013
Judy, I am sorry for your loss, but know your heart rejoices in the fact that your mother is happy and whole in the loving arms of our just and true God, smiling down on you. Your family has been and will remain in our prayers.

January 15, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

~ Marion Gunnell, Springfield, Virginia


January 15, 2013
Dearest Grandmother,
Although years have passed since we last hugged my arms have always been around you. You are the glue that kept the family together. Growing up you were more than a grandmother to my sisters and I you were our supportive mother, caregiver, shelter, and friend. I will never forget the smell of swiss steak when we would come in from long travels, or the fun my cousins and I would have at your home on Chesapeake Bay crabbing making pet rocks and playing in the basement. My heart will forever feel the void of losing you but I am happy to know you've joined my grandfather and sister. Kiss them for me. We will hug again one day. I love you!
Fondest memories,
Angela Wright Tramontana

January 15, 2013
Judy, Cheryl & Family, We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. May God's Grace be with each of you during this time.

January 16, 2013
Judy, So sorry for the loss of your mother. Our deepest sympathy, Duna and Charles Ellis

January 16, 2013


Although we haven't spoken in many years, please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother.

January 17, 2013

   Our sincerest condolences are extended to Phil and to all of Mrs. Durrette's family and friends.

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

Words by Walter C. Smith, 1876
Music (St. Denio) by John Roberts, 1839

Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessèd, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, Thy great Name we praise.

Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
Nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might;
Thy justice, like mountains, high soaring above
Thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.

To all, life Thou givest, to both great and small;
In all life Thou livest, the true life of all;
We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
And wither and perish—but naught changeth Thee.

Great Father of glory, pure Father of light,
Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight;
But of all Thy rich graces this grace, Lord, impart
Take the veil from our faces, the vile from our heart.

All laud we would render; O help us to see
’Tis only the splendor of light hideth Thee,
And so let Thy glory, Almighty, impart,
Through Christ in His story, Thy Christ to the heart.

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