03/19/06 - NNHS Newsletter - Estelle McKenzie Dawes

Estelle Grace McKenzie Dawes
(28 Aug 1919 - 17 Mar 2006)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   This morning's newspaper brought more sad news.   Estelle McKenzie Dawes, mother of    Dicky Dawes (NNHS/HHS - '62) of VA, and mother-in-law of    Sharron Wanderer Dawes ('61) has passed away.  

From the Daily Press - 03/19/06:

  Estelle McKenzie Dawes

NEWPORT NEWS - Estelle Grace McKenzie Dawes, 86, died at her beloved Mulberry Hill home on March 17th following a courageous battle with congestive heart failure. She was born Aug. 28, 1919, in Dillon, S.C., to the late Henry C. and Maggie E. McKenzie. She attended Bassett Grade School and High School in Rocky Mount, N.C. She was untied in marriage to the late Richard Dawes Sr. in 1937. Their main residences were Rocky Mount and Wilmington, N.C., until moving to Newport News, Va., in 1950. Estelle enjoyed a long Government career at Fort Eustis in Marine Qualification, Directorate of Training and Evaluation in the U.S. Army Transportation School. While at Fort Eustis she received many Letters of Commendation and Outstanding Awards of Commendation. Estelle retired as part of the Transportation School support staff in 1979. Estelle, a dear and gentle lady, born of Scottish ancestry, was as sweet inside as she was outside. She always put her family first and foremost in her life. Though moving from Hampton in 1986, her church membership and heart stayed with East Hampton Baptist Church. Estelle was a prolific Quilt and Afghan producer, many in bright and vibrant colors. She leaves behind her companion, Sergeant Major Leo Simas (retired); a daughter, Ivetta Dawes Stoops of Mathews; a son, Richard Dawes Jr. and wife, Sharron, of Providence Forge; four grandchildren, Richard K. Stoops and his wife, Renée, Theresa Guchard and her husband, Gene, Cheryl Stoops, and Channing Dawes Bryant; and four great-grandchildren, Richard Leigh Stoops, Robert G. Amiss, Tammy L. Stoops and Ricky K. Stoops III. Also surviving is a close sister-in-law, Lessee Mae Joyner, and many nieces and nephews. Estelle was preceded in death by her husband, parents and her four brothers. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Altmeyer Funeral Home – Denbigh Chapel. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, at Parklawn Memorial Park, Hampton. The Rev. Stephen Hodges of the Providence Forge Presbyterian Church will be officiating. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.altmeyer.com
Published in the Daily Press on 3/19/2006.
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Estelle McKenzie Dawes
Dicky & Sharron, I am sorry to hear of your loss. It is extra hard when you lose a parent. May God be with you. Fuzzy (63)
Louis (Fuzzy) Turner (Marion, NC ) - March 19, 2006 
Dicky, my heartfelt condolences to you and your family on the passing of your mom. Our prayers are with you and your family at this time. Jerry and Barbara Blanchard
Jerry Blanchard (West Point, VA ) - March 19, 2006   
Dicky, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. I pray for you and your family to be at peace with her passing. I will never forget you from the N. N. S. D. Co. strike and thank you for your assistance during that time. Remember the good times you shared with your mother and share the laughs with each other to bring you comfort.
Peace to you & yours,
Former local 8888 friend.
Debbie Clark-Ward (Panama City, FL ) - March 19, 2006   

   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Dicky and Sharron and their entire family at this time.

  From Dicky Dawes (NNHS/HHS - '62) of VA - 03/19/06:


Hope all is well with you.

I have been away from your site for awhile. My mother (Estelle) had been very ill since this past December, suffering from congestive heart failure, along with having three different surgeries to repair broken vertebrates due to osteoporosis. We had to take her to the emergency room on many occasions during this time. Mom decided to leave us on St. Patty's

Estelle, truly a gracious and gentle person, has touched so many throughout her life in such positive ways. As I shared with Pastor Steve Friday afternoon, I never, ever, heard Mom say anything detrimental about anyone unsolicited. Nor did she drink or smoke or ever use profanity. Yet I heard her ask God to forgive her for her sins not long before she passed away. While talking to Steve on Friday afternoon, I struggled to find the words to define who or what Mom was. Mother, on a number of occasions helped friends and relatives during their time of passing. She would go and stay with them during their last hours of life, being a
caregiver and truly an "Angel of Mercy". The list could go on and on.

Upon reflection, I can now only hope that I will use my memories of her as a beacon, a guide book, on how to become a better person, knowing full well I will fall short of the goal.

I have received many condolences.

God bless each of you


   What a beautiful tribute to your mama.  Thank you for taking the time to share them with us, Dicky,  I never met your mother, but the sweetness you described shows in her lovely countenance.  May you find peace and comfort at this time.


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

                          Love to all, Carol


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I Will Arise

Lyrics by Joseph Hart in Hymns Composed on Various Subjects (1759);

Music, "Arise", from William Walker's Southern Harmony and Musical Companion (1835)

1. Come, ye sinners, poor and wretched,
Weak and wounded, sick and sore;
Jesus ready stands to save you,
Full of pity joined with pow'r.

Refrain: I will arise and go to Jesus,
He will embrace me in His arms;
In the arms of my dear Savior,
O there are ten thousand charms.

2. Come, ye needy, come, and welcome,
God's free bounty glorify;
True belief and true repentance,
Every grace that brings you nigh.


3. Come, ye weary, heavy laden,
Bruised and broken by the fall;
If you tarry till you're better,
You will never come at all.


4. Let not conscience make you linger,
Nor of fitness fondly dream;
All the fitness He requireth
Is to feel your need of Him.


"I Will Arise" midi (Sequenced by Ron Getman
courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/rgetman/hymns_list.htm - 03/13/06

"I Will Arise" lyrics courtesy of http://grace-for-today.com/2368.htm - 03/13/06

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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