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03/06/11 - NNHS Newsletter -
Carleen Welch Beck Mabe

Carleen Welch Beck Mabe
(28 Jan 1917 - 03 Mar 2011)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
  We have still more sad news this Sunday morning.   Carleen Welch Beck Mabe, mother of      Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) of VA, passed away in Newport News on Thursday, March 3, 2011 at the age of 94.

From the Daily Press - 03/06/11: 

                 Carleen Welch Beck Mabe


NEWPORT NEWS - Carleen Mabe, 94, passed away March 3, 2011.

A native of Thomasville, N.C., Carleen was preceded in death by her mother and father, Alice and Wade Welch; three sisters, Juanita Freeman, Ellradon Alford and Dorothy Turner; her only brother, Edward Welch; her first and second husband, John B. Beck and J. Van Mabe; and her son, James Lee Beck.

Carleen moved to Newport News during W.W.II and was employed at several places of business. She worked with her sister, Lola Stone, in Lola's restaurant, "The Triangle", on West Avenue for many years. Before she retired she was property manager at Deer Park Apartments. She was a member of Parkview Baptist Church for 46 years and lived the last 10 years at James River Convalescent Center where she shared a room with her only surviving sister Lola Stone. Carleen loved cooking new recipes and spending time with her family. She was a champion "Charleston" dancer in her younger years and will be greatly missed.



She leaves to cherish her memory her daughter, Patricia Beck Letzinger; three grandchildren, Teresa Herrick and her husband, Kirk of Yorktown, Debra Sutton and her husband, Lou of Portsmouth and Steven Letzinger and his wife, Leslie of Suffolk; four great-grandchildren, Christie Homan of Tampa, Fla., Brandon Herrick of San Diego, Calif., Kayla Jordan of Portsmouth and Grace Ann Letzinger of Suffolk; two great-great-granddaughters, Caitlin and Alyssa Homan of Tampa, Fla.; her favorite niece, Betty Graham of Newport News and several other nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home. A funeral service will immediately follow at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Clarence W. Hilling officiating. Burial will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Parkview Baptist Church, 604 Hilton Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23605 or your favorite charity.

Please leave online condolences at Arrangements by W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press from March 6 to March 7, 2011.
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March 06, 2011
Pat, Dorothy and I were very sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. I know she will be missed by you and your family. You and your family are in our prayers. We know the lord will comfort you.

March 06, 2011



   Our sincerest condolences are extended at this difficult time to Pat and Carleen's entire family and their friends.

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

Shall We Gather at the River

Words and Music by Rev. Robert Lowry (1826-1899)

 Shall we gather at the river,
Where bright angel feet have trod;
With its crystal tide forever
Flowing by the throne of God?


Yes, we'll gather at the river,
The beautiful, the beautiful river;
Gather with the saints at the river
That flows by the throne of God.

On the margin of the river,
Washing up its silver spray,
We will walk and worship ever,
All the happy golden day.


Ere we reach the shining river,
Lay we every burden down;
Grace our spirits will deliver,
And provide a robe and crown.


Soon we'll reach the shining river,
Soon our pilgrimage will cease,
Soon our happy hearts will quiver
With the melody of peace.


"Shall We Gather at the River" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 07/15/07
at the suggestion of Fred Field ('45) of CA - 07/14/07
Thanks, Fred!

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 03/15/05

Flower Bar 22 clip art courtesy of - hmm, I cannot seem to find that information at the moment...

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