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02/18/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Barbara Beck Stephenson

Barbara Beck Stephenson
(22 Oct 1926 - 16 Feb 2009)

Newport News High School Class of 194_

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   
We have even more sad news today. 
 Barbara Beck Stephenson, Class of 194_, passed away in Williamsburg on Monday, February 16, 2009 at the age of 82, just 26 days after the death of her beloved husband,     Elmo Stephenson, President of the Student Body of the Newport News High School Class of June 1948:

 From the Daily Press - 02/18/09:   

              Barbara Beck Stephenson


WILLIAMSBURG - Barbara Beck Stephenson, 82, of Williamsburg, died Monday, Feb. 16, 2009.

She was born on Oct. 22, 1926, in Winchester, Va., to William Ernest and Meta Grim Beck. Mrs. Stephenson later moved to Newport News and graduated from Newport News High School, where she met the love of her life, Elmo Stephenson. When Elmo joined the Navy at a very young age, she knew that she would wait for him and be with him for eternity.

Barbara was active in various community organizations during her lifetime, but her passion was being a loving wife, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Throughout their years together, she was the quiet encourager to her beloved Elmo. Their mutual love and admiration brought them together in life, and upon Elmo's death on January 21, 2009, Barbara realized that she was lost without him.


Barbara Beck Stephenson


Survivors include her children, Sharon McCormick and her husband, Frank of Midlothian, Va.; Elmo L. Stephenson, Jr. and his wife, Pamela of Riner, Va.; Bill Stephenson and his wife, Michelle of Gilbert, Ariz.; and Patricia Adams and her husband, Clark of Midlothian, Va. Mrs. Stephenson is also survived by nine grandchildren, Ryan, Blake, and Lindsay McCormick; Elmo L. Stephenson, III (Chip); Shelby, Ashley, and Megan Stephenson; and Zachary and Lauren Adams; and two great-grandchildren, Taylor Stephenson and Olivia McCormick. Other survivors include her brother, Bill Beck and his wife, Ruby of Winchester, Va., and several nieces and nephews.

A joint service will be held at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Newport News at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, 2009, to celebrate the lives of Barbara and Elmo. Family and friends will be received at a reception in the Parish Hall following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice House, 4445 Powhatan Parkway, Williamsburg, VA 23188.
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Published in the Daily Press from 2/18/2009 - 2/19/2009.
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February 18, 2009
Dear Family, I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom and Dad. We remember the good times we had when living in James Landing and having your folks open their gorgeous home for Garden Tour week for my Garden Club. I know they both touched the lives of many and you were so fortunate to have 2 wonderful parents.
~ Nancy Lee Huffman-Grey, Jacksonville, Florida

  Our deepest condolences are extended to Barbara'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
746 Hillsboro Avenue
Edwardsville, IL 62025-1821  

O Lord of Life, Where'er They Be

- Lyrics by
Frederick L. Hosmer, 1888; Music by Melchior Vulpius (circa 1560-1615)

O Lord of life, where’er they be,
Safe in Thine own eternity,
Our dead are living unto Thee:
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

All souls are Thine, and here or there
They rest within Thy sheltering care;
One providence alike they share:
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thy Word is true, Thy ways are just;
Above the requiem, “Dust to dust,”
Shall rise our psalm of grateful trust:
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

O happy they in God who rest,
No more by fear and doubt oppressed,
Living or dying, they are blest:
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

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