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05/24/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Frances Coates Watson

Frances Coates Watson
(18 Dec 1927 - 22 May 2011)

Newport News High School Class of June 1945

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   There is still more sad news this Tuesday morning.   Frances Coates Watson, Class of June 1945, passed away in Newport News on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at the age of 83. 

   From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 05/24/11, 9:28 AM - "  Frances Coates Watson Obit.":

Hello Carol,        Tue. 5-24-11
Obit. of Frances Coates Watson appears in this morning's DP.
She and I began first grade at Woodrow Wilson in Sept. 1934 and graduated together from NNHS in June 1945.

   Thank you, Fred.  I was just getting ready to ask you whether she was a February or a June graduate.  My condolences on the loss of your classmate.

From the Daily Press - 05/24/11:

      Frances Coates Watson
      NEWPORT NEWS - Frances Coates Watson, 83, a lifelong Peninsula resident, died Sunday, May 22, 2011.

Frances was a graduate of Newport News High School Class of 1945. She liked bowling, shopping, listening to country music and watching CMT.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Arthur J. Watson Jr.

Survivors include two daughters, Judith A. Watson (Earl), and Kathryn W. Arrington (Jeff), all of Newport News; four sisters, Margaret C. Vann of Newport News, Mildred C. Goodrich of Yorktown, Virginia C. Heath of Hampton, and Jackie C. Byrum of Newport News; her sister-in-law, Carrie "Louise" Clemm; one grandson, Andrew Arrington; and many nieces and nephews.




A graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at Peninsula Memorial Park with Pastor Mike Hale officiating.

The family request, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to The -Mid Atlantic, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058.

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May 24, 2011
  My heart goes out to the family.

May 24, 2011
Rest in peace, Mama. love you, Judy

~ Judy Watson, Newport News, Virginia

May 24, 2011
  Judy & Kathy, we are sorry for the loss of your mom. It's been several years since I have seen your mom, but, I always remember how happy she seemed to be. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both.
Bill & Judy Watson

~ Bill Watson, Kihei, Hawaii

May 24, 2011

Judy and Kathy - lots of memories floating around in my head right now - so many wonderful hours spent at your parents' house when we were kids. I know you girls miss your mom and dad very much, but hope you take comfort knowing they're finally together again. God's peace and much love to you both, et al. H

~ Helene & Howard Smith, Newport News, Virginia

May 24, 2011

  Judy and Kathy, your mom's memories will always be with you so stay strong and know she is with God now.

~ Natlie Manning, Newport News, Virginia

May 24, 2011

Judy & Kathy,
My sincere sympathy on the death of your mother. It is really hard when both parents are gone, but you have each other to lean on. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Jeanette Wagner Dail

~ Jeanette Dail, Hampton, Virginia

May 24, 2011




   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Frances' 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

Lead, Kindly Light

Lyrics by John Henry Newman, 1833
Music by John B. Dykes, 1865

Lead, kindly Light, amid th’encircling gloom,
Lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home;
Lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene; one step enough for me.

I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou
Shouldst lead me on;
I loved to choose and see my path; but now
Lead Thou me on!
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will. Remember not past years!

So long Thy power hath blessed me, sure it will,
Will lead me on.
O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone,
And with the morn those angel faces smile,
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile!

Meantime, along the narrow rugged path,
Thyself hast trod,
Lead, Savior, lead me home in childlike faith,
Home to my God.
To rest forever after earthly strife
In the calm light of everlasting life.

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