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05/08/16 - NNHS Newsletter - Alverta Miller Nelson

Alverta Miller Nelson
(19 Aug 1925 - 25 Apr 2016)

Newport News High School Class of @ 1943

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   There is sad if slightly belated news this Mother's Day.
  Alverta Miller Nelson, Class of @ 1943, sister of Nancy Miller Fenton, passed away in Newport News on Monday, April 25, 2016 at the age of 90.

From Jennings Bryan (June '42) of VA - 05/08/16, 11:32 AM - " Alverta Miller Nelson":

Have a great day.


   Thank you so much, Jennings. I saw this listing early this morning and spent a good hour trying to determine which class was hers. Not finding her senior portrait in either the February or June '42 Beacons, and not owning either of the '43 yearbooks, I was never able to do so. My sympathies to you on the loss of your schoolmate.

From the Daily Press - 05/08/16:   

                   Alverta Miller Nelson


NEWPORT NEWS - Alverta Miller Nelson, 90, concluded her life here on earth Monday, April 25, 2016.

She was born on August 19, 1925, in Baltimore, Maryland to William and Margaret Miller. She grew up in Newport News, graduated from Newport News High School, and attended Business College.

Alverta never met a stranger and was committed to serving others with joy and compassion while living life to the fullest. She was employed as the first Director of Volunteers at Patrick Henry Hospital, and then served as the Director of Volunteers at Riverside Hospital for fifteen years retiring in 1987.

Following her 80th birthday, she became an active resident of the Warwick Forest Retirement Community where she cherished the many friends she made among neighbors and staff.


Alverta Miller Nelson

Alverta was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Arthur W. Nelson; her friend and companion, Lee Gallant; and her brother-in-law, Irvin Fenton, Jr.

She is survived by her son, David A. Nelson; her daughter, Susan A. Piland; her favorite son-in-law, R.S. "Mike" Piland, Jr.; her sister, Nancy Fenton; her grandson and his wife, Matthew and Siobhan Leonard; her great-grandchildren, Shelton Piland and Luke Leonard; and her daughter-by-choice, Donna Hardisty (Steve). She was a beloved aunt to children in the Nelson, Goorsky, Fenton, and Gallant families.

A Celebration of Alverta's New Life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 14, 2016, at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 765 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601. The service will be followed by a reception at Warwick Forest.

At her request, Alverta's body was donated for scientific study to the Virginia State Anatomical Program.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Resurrection Lutheran Church or the Salvation Army, 1033 Big Bethel Road, Hampton, VA 23666.

Arrangements are by Weymouth Funeral Home.View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press on May 08, 2016.

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May 03, 2016

  Sweet Alverta...I will miss you. Until your fall, you were the glue that held the Evergreen together. Reading your obit, I see your organizational skills go way back. You were the most empathetic, most energetic lady, and genuinely interested in those around you. Thank you for the many kindnesses you showed my mother the two years she lived at the Evergreen. I will treasure your memory.

~ Mary Ann Newton, Seattle, Washington

May 03, 2016 

Your mom was such a special lady when my dad was in the Evergreen with her. She was always so bright and caring for everyone, especially my dad, Don Baals. A real bright spot in my day! We had our parents for so long and I know you will miss her every day.

Karen Baals Stiff

~ Karen Baals Stiff

May 03, 2016 

It saddens me for your loss of Alverta. As I write this, I can hear her contagious laughter during the many times shared with her. I also recall how generous she was with her time, how she never knew a stranger and was ALWAYS fun to be around. She was such a special friend to my family and me. I can warmly reflect on those many wonderful memories and recall the many stories my mother shared with me of her times with Alverta. Her positive and reassuring attitude were always a comfort. She was such an inspiration and I shall carry loving thoughts of her for the rest of my life. I loved her and will miss her. My love is now extended to you. Please let me know how I can be of any assistance. Huge hugs and much love.

~ Steven Givens, Newport News, Virginia


May 04, 2016 

So many happy memories of your mom and the laughs we shared back in the "old days." She was a special person who never met a stranger. My love and prayers go out to each of you left behind. Bert Woessner

~ Bert Woessner


May 04, 2016 

I first met Alverta when I started working at RLC. She was always willing to help out when I needed her and so much fun to be around. I am sure anyone who knew her is saddened by her loss, but there is a very bright light burning in Heaven tonight. May all of her family and friends have peace and comfort.

~ Ethel Gamble, Leechburg, Pennsylvania

May 08, 2016 

Susan, I was so sorry to read the news of your mom. I remember all the fun times we had together with Lee, the Gallant clan, the Story's, and numerous others. She was a beautiful lady inside and out. She will be missed.
Pat (Weth) Calvert

~ Pat Calvert, Newport News, Virginia


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   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Alverta's family and friends at this difficult time.

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

The Strife Is O'er, the Battle Done

Text: Anonymous Latin; translated by Francis Pott (1832-1909)
Music: Giovanni P. da Palestrina; arranged by W.H. Monk (1823-1889)
Tune: VICTORY, Meter: 888 with Alleluias

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The strife is o'er, the battle done,
the victory of life is won;
the song of triumph has begun.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The powers of death have done their worst,
but Christ their legions hath dispersed:
let shout of holy joy outburst.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The three sad days are quickly sped,
he rises glorious from the dead:
all glory to our risen Head!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
He closed the yawning gates of hell,
the bars from heaven's high portals fell;
let hymns of praise his triumphs tell!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Lord! by the stripes which wounded thee,
from death's dread sting thy servants free,
that we may live and sing to thee.

"The Strife Is O'er, the Battle Done" midi (extracted with the kind assistance of my son, Nathaniel Harty of IL)
and lyrics courtesy of - 10/26/10
Thanks, Nathaniel!

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 01/27/05

Silver Scroll Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I cannot seem to locate that information at the moment...

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