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06/26/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Janet Spencer Verrell

Janet Spencer Verrell
(d. 25 June 2009)

Newport News High School Class of 1961

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have even more sad news today.     Janet Spencer Verrell, Class of 1961, passed away at home in Newport News on Thursday, June 25, 2009 at the age of 66.  Her older brother,     Donnie Spencer, Class of 1956, had passed away just two months ago:

 From the Daily Press - 06/26/09:

                 Janet Spencer Verrell



NEWPORT NEWS - Janet Spencer Verrell, 66, died at home on Thursday, June 25, 2009.

Born and raised in Newport News, she graduated from Newport News High School in 1961 and worked at the Daily Press as a proof reader in the early 60's where she met her husband of 46 years. Together they moved to Southern California for 40 years before returning to the Peninsula five years ago. She was an active member of Open Door Baptist Church. Mrs. Verrell loved her grandchildren, all animals and her home. She was a compassionate servant for others in need.





Mrs. Verrell was preceded in death by her parents, William and Eunice Spencer; and her brother, Donald Spencer.

She is survived by her husband, Gordon Verrell; her children, Terri Hall of Billings, Mont., and Jerry Verrell, of Newport News; her brother, William Spencer; and her 10 grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 27, 2009, at Peninsula Memorial Park by the Rev. David Ryerse.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Open Door Baptist Church, 14 Deep Creek Road, Newport News, VA 23606, or the SPCA.

Arrangements are by Weymouth Funeral Home. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from 6/26/2009 - 6/27/2009.
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June 26, 2009
Gordon and family,
We share your deep sorrow in the passing of Janet. She was truly a servant to others and we could see God's compassion in her even when she became ill. We shall miss her tremendously but rejoice in the fact that 'to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord' for those who are Christians. Janet is now with Him and free of all pain and suffering. May God richly bless all of you. Clyde & Joyce
~ Joyce Blasingame, Hampton, Virginia

June 26, 2009

Verrell Family,
Oh what a pleasure it was to meet Janet and Gordon. Janet was so kind and she & Gordon made me feel comfortable in their home. I ascertained how talented Janet was as a painter and knowledgeable gardener.
I am so very sorry for your loss. I pray that you will be comforted in times to come.
Be encouraged and blessed.
~ Beulah Davis, LSW, Riverside Hospice, Newport News, Virginia

June 26, 2009

To Janet's Family,
I am so sorry for your lost. Janet was a wonderful person who, like her Mother, made you feel right at home. She was so kind and thoughtful.
My deepest wishes for God to help you through this painful time.

Charlene Reynolds

June 26, 2009

We are so sorry for your loss.
Amy, Chris and WT
~ Amy Spencer, Newport News, Virginia

June 26, 2009

Dear Gordon, Terri and Jerry,
I am so very sorry for your loss. No one could have been more kind, generous or loving than my Aunt Janet. She was too special to lose so early. Your are all in my prayers.

~ Stacey McKittrick, Littleton, Colorado

June 26, 2009

Dear Uncle Gordon, Terri & Gerry,
It's hard to believe the ball of energy that was Aunt Janet is no longer. She was such a loving and generous woman, and I will miss her. She was the last to call me Susie, so I'll bury that nickname with her.
Steve, the kids and I will hold you all close in our prayers and wish we could be there to hold you close in our arms.
Love, Susan
~ Susan Spencer Waldman, Denver, Colorado
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June 26, 2009

I am sorry to hear about Janet. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.
~ Mandy Moegenberg, Suffolk, Virginia

June 26, 2009

I'm so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with all the family.
~ Connie Reynolds Scott, Houma, Louisiana
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   Our deepest condolences are extended to Janet's entire family and their friends at this difficult time.

     Although I was unable to find either a junior or a senior image of Janet in the 1960 or 1961 Anchors, 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

Abide With Me

Words by Henry F. Lyte, 1847
Music by William H. Monk, 1861

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day;
Earth's joys grow dim; its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see;
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.

Not a brief glance I beg, a passing word,
But as Thou dwell'st with Thy disciples, Lord,
Familiar, condescending, patient, free.
Come not to sojourn, but abide with me.

Come not in terrors, as the King of kings,
But kind and good, with healing in Thy wings;
Tears for all woes, a heart for every plea.
Come, Friend of sinners, thus abide with me.

Thou on my head in early youth didst smile,
And though rebellious and perverse meanwhile,
Thou hast not left me, oft as I left Thee.
On to the close, O Lord, abide with me.

I need Thy presence every passing hour.
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter's power?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.

I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death's sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
Heaven's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

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