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05/16/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Elvira Ashburn Irby

Elvira Ashburn Irby
(d. 15 May 2010)

Newport News High School Class of June 1937

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have even more sad news today.    Elvira Ashburn Irby, Class of June 1937, passed away in Newport News on Monday, May 15, 2010 at the age of 90. 

  From June Veneris Collie (Hampton HS - '62) of VA - 05/29/10, 2:35 PM - "Obituary for NNHS Class 1937, Elvira A. Irby":

Dear Carol,

My husband's aunt, Elvira Ashburn Irby, passed away May 15, 2010. She graduated from NNHS in June 1937. It was from her senior class group picture that I was able to retrieve some of her classmate's pictures for your newsletter. She was a dear sweet lady with whom we enjoyed many wonderful times.

Here is the link to view her obituary in the Daily Press:

I have attached two pictures of Elvira, one is her high school picture, and the other just a couple years ago.

Thank you for honoring all the Newport News High School graduates!

June Collie

   Oh, June, I'm so sorry to hear this!  Thank you for bringing it to my attention.  As you know, I often gloss over things I do not wish to comprehend and believe.  You and your family have my sincerest condolences.

From the Daily Press - 05/16/10:

      Elvira Ashburn Irby
    NEWPORT NEWS - Elvira A. Irby, 90, passed away on May 15, 2010.

She retired as secretary from Basic Construction Co. after 33 years and was a member of Temple Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell G. Irby.

Survivors include one sister, Virginia A. Collie of Staunton, Va.; sister-in-law, Dorothy P. Ashburn of Wake, Va.; nieces and nephews, Kevin and Jana Ashburn, Brenda and Mike Pelfrey, G.C. Collie Jr. 'Corkie' and June, and Judi and Carl Stafford; eight great-nephews; six great-nieces; and two great-grandnephews.

The family would like to express their deepest appreciation to Ellie of Home Helpers and all the employees with R.A.I. Dialysis and the entire staff at Warwick Forrest.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 27, at Peninsula Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 28, at Peninsula Funeral Home with burial to follow in Peninsula Memorial Park.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from May 16 to May 26, 2010.

May 17, 2010
Dear Family of Elvira,

Temple Baptist Church would like to extend our deepest sympathy.

Elvira was a loved and dear member of Temple for 58 years. She will be deeply missed.

~ Temple Baptist, Newport News, Virginia

May 20, 2010

I would like to extend my sympathy to Ms. Irby's family. I had the pleasure of bringing Savannah, my golden retriever, to visit each week while she lived at Warwick Forest. I was happy to have seen Ms. Irby during her last week at the Gardens, if only for a couple of minutes. She didn't recognize Savannah, specifically, but she did see a dog and said "I like dogs" before falling back to sleep while holding Savannah's ear.

It was wonderful to share time with Ms. Irby and bring her a little pleasure.

~ Steve Taylor, Newport News, Virginia
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May 23, 2010
I send you my sincere sympathy in the loss of dear Mrs. Irby. She was very precious to me when I had the opportunity to drive her to and from her treatments. She fought her health problems very valiantly and was a fun and wonderful lady.

God bless you during these sad days.

~ Faye Keenan, Yorktown, Virginia
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May 25, 2010

I worked with Elvira at Basic Construction Company from 1979-1981. I would always go and try to get typing to do to stay busy. She was a really nice person to work with.

~ Karen Seamster, Eure, North Carolina

May 26, 2010

Elvira was a wonderful person and I know that she will be missed by her family. I got to know her through her sister Virginia and together they were quite a pair. My deepest and sincerely sympathy to the family. Carole

~ Carole Ferro, Yorktown, Virginia

May 27, 2010

To the wonderful family, our sincere sympathy for your loss. Elvira was such a wonderful, sweet lady. We will miss her. Frankie and Vicky

~ Vicky Laine, Yorktown, Virginia



   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Elvira's entire family and their friends.

From Brenda Pelfrey of VA - 10/22/10 and 11/08/10 - "    Elvira Ashburn Irby":


My Aunt Elvira (Ashburn) Irby passed away in May of this year. I have found a photo album of recent (a few years back) get togethers, and have also located a few of Elvira and some friends in their caps & gowns. Was wondering if you would have a need for any of these items...

Thank you... Sorry, but I do not know any of the last names.
Brenda Pelfrey

   Thank you so very much for these treasures, Brenda!  Even more so than the others, Elvira looks like so much fun!

   Perhaps someone else will be able to identify her classmates.

Elvira Elvira Elvira and Helen Helen, Elvira,
and Audrey
Helen, Elvira,
Audrey, and Virginia

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

Lead Me Gently Home

Words and Music by Will L. Thompson, 1879
(7 Nov 1847 - 20 Sept 1909)

Lead me gently home, Father,
Lead me gently home;
When life’s toils are ended,
And parting days have come,
Sin no more shall tempt me,
Ne’er from Thee I’ll roam,
If Thou’ll only lead me, Father,
Lead me gently home.

* Refrain:
Lead me gently home, Father,
Lead me gently home, Father,
Lest I fall upon the wayside,
Lead me gently home.

Lead me gently home, Father,
Lead me gently home;
In life’s darkest hours, Father,
When life’s troubles come,
Keep my feet from wand’ring,
Lest from Thee I roam,
Lest I fall upon the wayside,
Lead me gently home.

"Lead Me Gently Home" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 05/16/08

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of – 03/15/05

Flower Bar # 32 Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 02/11/09

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05 (still missing...)
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

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