06/20/06 - NNHS Newsletter - Mary Nobles Blakemore

Mary Nobles Blakemore
(26 Aug 1913 - 16 June 2006)

Newport News High School Class of 1930


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Once again we have more sad news. 

From the Daily Press - 06/20/06:

     Mary Nobles Blakemore

NEWPORT NEWS - Mary Nobles Blakemore, 92, passed away Friday, June 16, 2006, at the Northampton Convalescent Center, Hampton. She was born in Norfolk on August 26, 1913, and was a Peninsula resident for most of her life. Educated in Newport News, she graduated from Newport News High School in 1930. She attended The College of William & Mary. Mary was married to Byron Hay Blakemore in 1936, and after 51 years of marriage, he died in 1987. Since 2001, she had been a resident of The Hidenwood Retirement Community. She was a member of the North Riverside Baptist Church, where she was an active teacher and librarian. Mary retired in 1975 as Director of the Library Processing Center for the Newport News School Board. Prior to working for the school board, she was Director of Education at First Baptist Church. While at First Baptist Church, Mary established the church library. She served as librarian for the Peninsula Baptist Association and was President of the Virginia Baptist Library Association for two years. She was deeply involved in the library restoration at the Eastover Retreat Center in Surry County. The library there is dedicated to her. Mary served as a mission volunteer in the Philippines, Guadeloupe, French West Indies and Russia. Her major interest was in establishing and administering libraries in Baptist churches and affiliated organizations. Her last volunteer project was creating the library at Youth Challenge. Mary was preceded in death by her brother, Herbert, who passed away in 1968. Survivors include two sons, Colin Byron Blakemore and his wife, Becky of Hockessin, Del. and Porter Randall Blakemore and his wife, Linda of Fredericksburg; two grandsons, Owen Blakemore of West Chester, Pa. and Darren Blakemore of Hershey, Pa.; two sisters, Mrs. Helen Turlington of Raleigh, N.C. and Mrs. Barbara Banks of Covington, Ga. and a number of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, at Peninsula Funeral Home, Warwick Boulevard. A funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at North Riverside Baptist Church, with interment to follow in Peninsula Memorial Park. The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the North Riverside Baptist Church library, 311 Selden Road, Newport News, VA 23606 or to the library at Youth Challenge, 332 34th Street, Newport News, VA 23607.

Published in the Daily Press from 6/18/2006 - 6/20/2006.
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   Mrs. Blakemore's son, Colin and Porter, are members of the NNHS Classes of 1961 and 1964, respectively.
Her daughter-in-law, Becky Cash Blakemore, is also a member of the Class of 1964.

Our deepest sympathies are extended to the entire family.


With deepest sympathies, your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Len Meier, Potomac/Wall Agency
Len Meier (Quantico, VA ) - June 19, 2006
Our sincere sympathy is extended to family and friends. Virginia church librarians are deeply indebted to this dedicated servant.
Nancy King (Mechanicsville, VA ) - June 20, 2006
My Deepest Sympathy to each of you. I remember both your mom and dad from those chilly days we spent in Idaho Falls.
Linda L. Lane (Williamsburg, VA ) - June 20, 2006

   Y'all take 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

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.bravenet.com - 08/12/04

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of http://gregolsengallery.com 03/15/05

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