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02/10/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Margie Gurley Mitchell

Marjorie Gurley Mitchell
(07 June 1928 - 08 Feb 2010)

Newport News High School Class of June 1945

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Once again we bring you sad news.     Margie Gurley Mitchell, Class of June 1945, passed away at her home in Hampton on Monday, February 8, 2010 at the age of 81. 

From the Daily Press - 02/10/10:

      Marjorie Gurley Mitchell
    HAMPTON - Marjorie Gurley Mitchell, 81, passed away peacefully at her home with her family at her side on Feb. 8, 2010.

Margie was born in Selma, N.C., June 7, 1928. She was the daughter of Thomas Harold Gurley and Alice Eudelle Corbett Gurley. As a child, she was raised on various dairy farms in the area and loved to tell depression era stories about where and how they lived during this time. The majority of her life was lived in Newport News and Hampton, Va. She graduated from Newport News High School.

She worked for the Social Security Administration, retiring as an Operations Analyst in 1986.

Margie is survived by five children, William "Frank" Mitchell and his wife, Joyce of Newport News, Jennifer M. Brauer and her husband, Hal of Hampton, Bruce W. Mitchell and his wife, Jo of Mechanicsville, Va., Melissa M. Lowe of Hampton, and Gregory D. Mitchell of Yorktown. Margie leaves 10 grandchildren and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews to cherish her memory.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas H. and Eudelle Gurley; her husband, William F. "Billy" Mitchell; her son, Thomas A. Mitchell; and her brothers and sisters, Thomas H. Gurley Jr., Mozelle G. Bamber and Hattie G. Keith.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, at R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home by the Rev. Ed Merry with interment to follow in Parklawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family would like to acknowledge the loving care provided by Brenda Brown, her caregiver, Dr. John Mattern, and the Sentara Hospice Team. Their support, assistance and guidance during Margie's illness were greatly appreciated.

In memory of Margie, memorial contributions may be made to East Hampton United Methodist Church, 714 East Pembroke Ave, Hampton, VA 23669, or to a charity that cares for the homeless.
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Published in the Daily Press from February 10 to February 11, 2010.


February 10, 2010
Jenny and Hal - Although the loss is great, we rejoice with you in knowing that your mother is in the arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. God is so good. In the midst of our suffering, He reminds us that He has prepared a place and we receive comfort knowing that our loved ones are there!! We love you - Mike and Kim Ehly

~ Kim and Mike Ehly, Smithfield, Virginia

February 10, 2010

Jen and Family
I am so sorry to hear your mom has passed away. Remembering the days we would hang out at your house. I know what you are going thru. I am praying for you.

~ Deb Campbell/Easterling, Smithfield, Virginia
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February 10, 2010
I grew up in Hampton but moved away many years ago. My maiden name was Branch (Pat Branch) and I lived on Clover Street. Jenny, just wanted to let you and your family know I'm very sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.
~ Pat Bennett, Fenwick, West Virginia
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February 10, 2010

My prayers and condolences to the Mitchell and Gurley families. I've been a friend to Greg Mitchell for the past 25 years, and his mom was one of the kindest people you could ever meet. She used to let me park my car in front of her house during Hampton Bay Days, and we would sit and talk and laugh about life in general. I will miss those talks.
~ Dan Duna, Newport News, Virginia
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February 10, 2010

Aunt Margie was like a mother to me and I will miss her dearly. When I would come home to visit I would always try to visit her. She was such a wonderful person. What a great loss for us and a great addition to heaven. She is in a better place now and she deserves to be there.
~ Robbie Mitchell, Alachua, Florida
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February 10, 2010

Frank, Joyce and Family,
I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. I have heard so many wonderful things about her and her life through Joyce. You were all there for her in these last weeks, and I know she appreciated it and loved you all. Please know I am thinking of you.

~ Beverly Creekmore, Newport News, Virginia 

February 10, 2010

Frank and Joyce, Please be assured of my prayers as you journey through the shadows.

~ John Tadlock, Midlothian, Virginia

February 10, 2010




   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Margie's family and their friends.

   From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 02/10/10, 12:07 PM - "   Marjorie Gurley":

Hello Carol, Wed. Feb. 10, 2010

Marjorie Gurley was in my class, June 1945. I knew her older sister, Mozelle (June '44) , who as Sousaphone player, glamorized the band's bass section.

Fred W. Field
Fullerton, CA

   Thank you so very much, Fred.

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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Come, ye disconsolate, where'er ye languish.
Come to the mercy seat, fervently kneel.
Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish;
Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.

Joy of the desolate, light of the straying,
Hope of the penitent, fadeless and pure!
Here speaks the Comforter, tenderly saying,
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Here see the bread of life; waters flowing
Forth from the throne of God, pure from above.
Come to the feast of love; come, ever knowing
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