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05/26/17 - NNHS Newsletter -
Margie Gary

Margie Jane Gary Ballard
(d. 12 Oct 2015)

Newport News High School Class of 1966

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   There is some quite belated sad news to record today.   Margie Gary Ballard, Class of 1966, passed away in Newport News on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at the age of 66.

   She was the sister of Marlena Gary Hoban, Betty Gary Anderson, Shirley Gary Urso, Rocky Gary ('64) of VA, and Ryan Gary ('65), and the sister-in-law of Betty Burton Gary ('65) of VA.

 From the Daily Press - 10/12/17:

             Margie Gary Ballard


NEWPORT NEWS - Margie Jane Gary Ballard, 66, passed away on Saturday, October 10th, 2015 from complications of cancer.

Margie is survived by her loving husband Joseph K. Ballard; her children Jennifer Rosso Jain, Russell Lucas, and Tammy Lynn Fiscella; 2 brothers and 3 sisters, and several loving grandchildren.

Margie made it known that she does not want us to mourn her. She wants us to celebrate the time we had together.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, October 14th at 2 p.m. in Peninsula Memorial Park, officiated by Dr. Michael Condrey.



In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that contributions be sent to the Sarah Hudgins Center, 51 Battle Rd, Hampton, Virginia in the name of Trey Ramsey of Holland House.

Arrangements are in the care of Peninsula Funeral Home. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press on October 12, 2015.
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October 12
, 2015

I have missed that beautiful laugh and sense of humor from the old days when we lived in the North End, Huntington Heights area. Heaven will be much more livelier now,...Dennis Keith Parker.

October 12, 2015

Margie will be missed by her family and friends. Anyone who knew Margie knew she was always willing to help. She was a good caregiver. Margie had a good heart and understanding. She's in heaven with her family now. Margie has always been kind to me through the years.

~ Joseph Rosso, Newport News, Virginia

October 12, 2015

So, so sorry to hear of Margie's passing. We were best friends in grammar school, Stonewall Jackson and Newport News High School. We had a lot of fun together, we went trick or treating together and went to the gym at Stonewall Jackson and played basketball. We kept in contact for a while when she moved to Torrance, California, then we lost contact after a while, then I found her on Facebook and Classmates. We were going to get together and talk old times, but guess that won't happen; it breaks my heart that we didn't get to get together. She was a lot of fun, had great times when we lived overtown; I lived on 48th Street and she lived on 52nd or 53rd Street. My heart goes out to the family left behind;, you will be in prayers. May God give you strength and peace through these coming days. Barbara Jackola (Bentley)

~ Barbara (Bentley) Jackola, Newport News, V

October 12, 2015

Kevin, So sorry for your loss.

~ Thomas Farthing, Virginia

October 12, 2015

Kevin and family, so sorry to read of your loss. My prayers are with y'all at this time.

~ Martha Farthing, Newcastle, Virginia

October 13, 2015

Can't seem to get you off my mind. I remember your laugh, so well, you were always so jolly and so much fun to be with, I will always remember the good times we had.. I know your family will miss you so much, I pray God give them peace and comfort.

~ Barbara (Bentley) Jackola, Newport News, V

October 13, 2015

My prayers and thoughts are with all of you. May God give you the peace that only He can give.

~ Robin Eckwerth, Newport News, V

October 13, 2015

I'm going to miss you. Thank for being my friend.

~ Rickie Mehaffey, Essex, Vermont

October 13, 2015

Doodle loves you, Marge. I'll miss you more than words can describe.

~ Unsigned

October 13, 2015

Margie, I will miss you. Miss your infectious laugh, your amazing food, especially desserts, and our long conversations on the phone. We didn't talk often but when we did, we had quality time. Jennifer and I will take care of each other. We always have and always will.

- Susan Jones

October 14, 2015

~ Joe Ballard, Newport News, Virginia


October 15, 2015

RIP, my dear friend Margie. It was my pleasure to know you and I will never forget the times we had together. You were a kind, loving and giving person and we had such fun. Your laughter would brighten everyone's day. The last time we talked we were going to get together and have coffee like the old sorry that didn't happen, but we will again someday. You will certainly be missed by everyone that knew you. I love you, girl.

~ Judy Merilic, Hampton, Virginia


October 15, 2015

Mom, I love you so much and will miss you. Thank you for being my mother, mentor, and friend. Thank you for all your love and support. Your days were too short. I love you, love you, love you.

Jennifer and Meaghan and Meera

~ Jennifer


October 15, 2015

I love you, Mom. So much.

~ Jennifer Rosso Jain, Clifton, Virginia


October 15, 2015

Kevin (Lieutenant), I am so sorry for your loss. May God bless and comfort you and your family in your time of sorrow.

~ Carey Fisher, Virginia Beach, Virginia


October 16, 2015

Jennifer, Meaghan, and Meera, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your beautiful daughters, and all of Margie's Family. God Bless All of You.

~ Pauline


October 17, 2015

Kevin, so sorry for your loss. She sounds like a wonderful Lady.

~ Jeff Williams, Gloucester, Virginia


October 18, 2015

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

~ Barbara Jackola (Bentley), Newport News, V

October 19, 2015

We have a beautiful daughter, Jennifer Rosso, Jain, we both love and miss you very much.

~ Joseph Rosso, Newport News, Virginia

October 19, 2015

My wife, My Love, My Companion. I miss you so much!!! You were a Great Wife, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother. All will miss you for being so great a person, giving all to those who needed it, and raising your wonderful kids. You took care of Trey and took care of my grandkids for a while, all out of love for them. Helped Bootie thru her loss and stayed by Russell thru his times. You stayed with me to finish my 44 year career and you loved your animals so much, Nikki, Tips, Jingles, Buddy, and Skippy. Also the occasional raccoon and opossum.
What more can I say, for words cannot express how I feel for you. I Love You and Miss You!!

~ Joe (Kevin) Ballard, Newport News, Virginia


October 19, 2015

You were a beautiful person. You will never be forgotten.

~ Tammy, The Woodlands, Texas

   Our sincerest belated condolences are extended to Margie's family and friends at this difficult time.

   This information is also posted here:

 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



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.


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