01/20/06 - NNHS Newsletter - Dorothy Dodge Gruver

Dorothy Whitmore Dodge Gruver
(06 Nov 1913 - 18 Jan 2006)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have more sad news this morning.

  From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 02/04/06 - "  Bill Gruver's Mother -- Obituary":

Hi Carol --

This obituary was in the 1/20 issue of the Winchester Star. Bill was in class of '62.
  Dorothy W. Gruver

Dorothy Whitmore Gruver, 92, of Manor Care in Fair Oaks, died Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2006.

Mrs. Gruver was born Nov. 6, 1913, in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Dr. William H. Dodge and Rosa May Guilford Dodge.

She was married to the Rev. Esdras S. Gruver, former district superintendent of the United Methodist Church in Winchester.

Surviving are two children, William K. Gruver of Oakton and Susan Gruver of Waynesville, N.C.; two brothers, William Wesley Dodge of Waynesville and Charles Dodge of Winchester; and a grandson.

A funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Reliance United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Reliance Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Esdras Gruver Scholarship Fund, c/o Shenandoah University, 1460 University Drive, Winchester 22601, Attn: Jane Pittman.

Everly Funeral Home, Fairfax, is handling arrangements.

   Oh, Ron, thanks so much for telling me this.  I remember Mrs. Gruver with such fondness.  She was always so sweet, ever smiling, and such a cheerful, delightful person.  In the years I was privileged to know her, I never saw her as anything but a beautiful, kind, loving, wonderful woman with a positive, happy attitude about life.  Her smile was radiant, and she drew people to her by her sweet spirit.

   I have so many memories of her.  One that stands out in my mind took place during my senior year.  I was President of our Methodist Youth Fellowship at Trinity Methodist Church, and we had arranged a "slave auction" for the youth.  For some reason, the Rev. and Mrs. Gruver elected to "buy" my services.  It was a very poor bargain from their perspective, as I was practically useless.  But I told them that I did love to polish silver, as it was so rewarding. So Mrs. Gruver brought out her large tea service, and the three of us spent that Saturday morning at their kitchen table talking while I polished her silver.

   She explained to me that it was silver over copper, and I could tell that the set was rather precious to her.  Naturally, I gave it my very best care.  We spoke of many things, and their patience, concern and kindness taught as many silent lessons as did their words.  The love in that home was palpable, and it was always a joy to visit there.  That day, however, was a treasure.  When I left, their silver shone brighter, but I was the richer.


   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Mrs. Gruver's family, particularly Bill and Susan, and all her
many friends.

  From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 02/08/06:

Thanks for that, Carol. Mrs. Gruver was indeed a very sweet, wonderful lady.

-- Ron

   Certainly, Ron.  Thanks again for notifying me.


  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol


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Servant of God, Well Done!

Words by Charles Wesley (28 Dec 1707 - 29 Mar 1788)
Music by George J. Elvey (27 Mar 1816 - 9 Dec 1893)

(The Methodist Hymnal, 1966, #288)

Wesley wrote this hymn in 1770 on the occasion of the death of clergyman George White.
Elvey's tune, "Diademata", has been set to several other hymns, notably "Crown Him with Many Thorns" and "Soldiers of Christ, Arise".

 Servant of God, well done!
Thy glorious warfare’s past;
The battle’s fought, the race is won,
And thou art crowned at last.

With saints enthroned on high,
Thou dost thy Lord proclaim,
And still to God salvation cry,
Salvation to the Lamb!

O happy, happy soul!
In ecstasies of praise,
Long as eternal ages roll,
Thou seest Thy Savior’s face.

Redeemed from earth and pain,
Ah! when shall we ascend,
And all in Jesus’ presence reign
With our translated friend?

"Servant of God, Well Done!" midi courtesy of http://www.norbry.net/midi/archive/hymn/ - 01/13/06

"Servant of God, Well Done!" lyrics courtesy of http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/s/e/servogod.htm - 01/13/06

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of http://gregolsengallery.com – 03/15/05

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.bravenet.com - 08/12/04

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