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06/20/11 - NNHS Newsletter -
Ruth Moger Bacon

Ruth Prudence Moger Bacon
(d. 18 June 2011)

Newport News High School Class of  February 1939

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
  There is even more sad news today.      Ruth Moger Bacon, Class of February 1939, passed away at home in Newport News on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at the age of 89. 

   Widow of Willard Bacon (d. 09 July 2007), she was the former mother-in-law of   Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA.

   Ruth's son, Charlie Bacon (Warwick High School Class of 1963) (24 Mar 1945 - 27 Oct 2006), also preceded her in death:

  From Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - 06/29/11, 11:11 PM - "    Ruth Moger NNHS GRAD":


Just wanted to let you know that my mother in law, Ruth Moger Bacon passed away Saturday. She was 89. I'm not sure what class she was in, but she used to talk about going to school with    Ava Gardner.  There was a girl named Vera in school with her, too. Her married name was Stephenson.

Glad you are back in Carolina.


   Thank you for the nudge, Jamey. I've had Ruth on the line-up waiting to create this page all week; my sympathies on her passing.

   Ava Gardner (24 Dec 1922 25 Jan 1990) was most certainly one of her classmates, for a while, at least.


When Gardner was 13 years old, the family decided to try their luck in a larger city, Newport News, Virginia, where Mollie Gardner found work managing a boardinghouse for the city's many shipworkers. While in Newport News, Gardner's father became ill and died from bronchitis in 1938, when Ava was 15 years old. After Jonas Gardner's death, the family moved to the Rock Ridge near Wilson, North Carolina, where Mollie Gardner ran another boarding house for teachers. Ava Gardner attended high school in Rock Ridge and she graduated from there in 1939.

From the Daily Press - 06/20/11: 

                 Ruth Moger Bacon


NEWPORT NEWS - Ruth M. Bacon went to be with her Savior on Saturday, June 18, 2011, at her home, at the age of 89. She was a native of Newport News, Va.

Mrs. Bacon retired from the Newport News Shipbuilding and Noland Companies after many years of faithful service. She also volunteered at Riverside Hospital and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Newport News.



Mrs. Bacon was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 65 years, Charles Willard Bacon Sr.; and her son, Charles Willard Bacon Jr.

Survivors include her sons, Wayne A. Bacon and his wife, Karen of Nags Head, N.C., and Douglas Bacon of Newport News; her grandchildren, Katie Bacon, Emily Bacon, Shawn Bacon, and Brian Bacon and his wife, Susie; as well as two great-grandchildren, Madison and Spencer Bacon.

The family would like to thank Heartland Hospice, for their loving care and also, Shirley Honaker, whom we could never have done it without you.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral service will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, at Peninsula Funeral Home, with burial following in Peninsula Memorial Park.

Memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, 10246 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.

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

Published in Daily Press from June 20 to June 21, 2011.
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June 20, 2011

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

~ Annie Gunn, Newport News, Virginia

June 30, 2011

Always with a cheerful wave and a hearty Hello. We will all miss Ruth.

~ Joseph Fox, Newport News, Virginia

June 21, 2011

Karen, rarely do ladies speak as highly of their mothers-in-law as you did about Ruth. A true testimony to her love and grace. Blessings to you and the family in your time of loss.

~ Greta Sharp, Argyle, Texas

June 22, 2011

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Doug during this time of sorrow :(

~ Adrianne, Tom Tarantino, Buffalo, New York

June 22, 2011

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Ruth was a kind and caring person.

~ The Grissoms, Carrollton, Virginia

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   Our sincerest condolences are extended to Jamey as well as to all of Ruth's family and friends.

  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

Come, Ye Disconsolate

Words by Thomas Moore; alt. by Thomas Hastings
Music by Samuel Webbe

Come, ye disconsolate, where'er ye languish.
Come to the mercy seat, fervently kneel.
Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish;
Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.

Joy of the desolate, light of the straying,
Hope of the penitent, fadeless and pure!
Here speaks the Comforter, tenderly saying,
"Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot cure."

Here see the bread of life; waters flowing
Forth from the throne of God, pure from above.
Come to the feast of love; come, ever knowing
Earth has no sorrow but heaven can remove.

"Come, Ye Disconsolate" midi courtesy of - 10/06/05

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Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 03/15/05

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First Image of Ava Gardner courtesy of - 06/30/11

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