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07/07/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Gene Collins Glave

Gene Temple Collins Glave
(26 Mar 1942 - 06 July 2011)

Newport News High School Class of 1960

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   I am extremely saddened to bring you the details of more sad news this Friday night.  
   Gene Collins Glave, voted Best All Around Girl in the Class of 1960, passed away in Isle of Palms, South Carolina on Wednesday, July 06, 2011 at the age of 69.

   Gene is the sister of   Pauline Collins Shofner ('65) of VA, and the first cousin of    Nita Collins Hastings ('60) of VA and      Rip Collins ('65) of TN.

  From Nita Collins Hastings ('60) of VA to     Karen Weinstein Witte ('60) of FL and the Class of 1960 - 07/06/11, 4:34 PM - "   Gene Collins Glave":

Karen -

It is with a heavy heart that I let you all know that my beloved cousin, Gene Collins Glave, passed away this afternoon. This is a sad, sad day for all who knew and loved her.

  From Al Simms ('60) of VA to     Karen Weinstein Witte ('60) of FL and the Class of 1960 - 07/06/11, 6:13 PM - "   Gene Collins Glave":

Karen and Classmates,

I just found this video of Gene undergoing chemo and talking about how she is handling it. It was recorded Oct 8, 2010 and brought tears to my eyes and my wife's too.

Al Simms

   Thank you so much for relaying this sad news, Al. Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your friend.

   Some people are just more alive than others. Gene was that way. I only met her one time - at the 45-Year Reunion for your Class in 2005 - but that much was very evident even then.

  This is an image she sent me of that night.

        Here are some links I found early this morning:
Saturday, July 9, 2005
Richard Eastman ('60)
of VA Surrounded! -
by Christine Anas Thomas ('60) of TX; Gene
Collins Glave ('60) of SC; and Neta Collins Hastings ('60) of VA
   My sincerest sympathies are extended to all whose lives Gene touched - and they are legion.

From - 07/06/11:

Gene Glave succumbs to cancer

Posted by Erica Jackson Curran on Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 5:20 PM

Gene Glave passed away Thursday after a long battle with breast cancer. Having worked as a registered nurse and the manager of pediatric services for Roper St. Francis Healthcare, Glave was familiar with the disease and approached her treatment with a brave attitude when she was diagnosed in 2006. She blogged about her battle and eventually used her experiences to create a popular, humorous play called The Mammologues. Glave wrapped up her first run of chemotherapy later that year, but the cancer returned in May 2010.

Glave left a message to friends and family, which was posted on Facebook this afternoon:

“Hello everyone... I wanted to take a moment to talk about life, the greatest of journeys. You have all brought so much enrichment, meaning, love, and light to my life, and to share your laughter, your tears, your joys and frustrations has been a blessing and a privilege to me beyond any measure of thanks in words. I have gone on ahead now in this journey of life but what I carry is a celebration of our friendships, camaraderie, and love. You can rest assured that we will meet again and until that time I will be watching over and sending my love to each and every one of you. The greatest success in life can simply be measured by how we treat each other along the way and I have been overwhelmed by your selflessness, your caring, your heartfelt love and concern. I love each and every one of you beyond measure. May God nurture and keep you, and may you keep each other until we meet again ;-) ALL MY LOVE AND THANKS !!! Gene”

We'll update soon with information on local services.

From the Charleston Post & Courier (SC) - 07/07/11:   

                   Gene Temple Collins Glave


ISLE OF PALMS - Gene Temple Collins Glave, 69, wife of Richard "Dick" Glave of Isle of Palms, South Carolina passed away on Wednesday, July 6, 2011.

The relatives and friends of Mrs. Gene Glave are invited to attend her Memorial Service on Sunday, July 10, 2011 in Sunrise Presbyterian Church at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be private. The family will receive friends on Saturday, July 9, 2011 in J HENRY STUHR MOUNT PLEASANT CHAPEL from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.

Gene was born March 26, 1942 in Newport News, Virginia, daughter of the late William Eugene Collins and Elvin Smith Collins.



She was a Pediatrics nurse manager with Roper/St. Francis Hospital, received the Palmetto Gold Award for nursing, and was a member of the SC Nursing Association. She was the Chairman of the United Way program for the Roper/St. Francis Hospital System, and was a member of the Oncology Nurses Society. Gene was awarded the 2008 Healthcare Hero Award by the City of Charleston, an award voted on by her peers.

She was a volunteer for the Dragon Boats of Charleston and was a lobbyist for the ___ from which she received the Volunteer of the Year Award for 2010. Gene wrote and performed her own plays such as "The Mammalogues," her one-woman show which was performed nationally. She also acted in various productions at The Village Playhouse, The Dockstreet Theater, the Footlight Players, as well as having written and performed in "Buttercups & Dandelions," which appeared on PBS.

Gene was very active in the life of her church, Sunrise Presbyterian Church on Sullivans Island, where she was a member of the choir and the handbell choir, and served on the Session. Above all else, Gene considered her greatest accomplishment to be raising her three sons, and caring for a multitude of dogs over the years.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Richard "Dick" Joseph Glave; three sons, Edward E. Glave and his wife, Lisa of Mt. Pleasant, SC, William P. Glave of Charleston, SC, and Thomas F. Glave of Mt. Pleasant, SC; three grandchildren, Taylor, Caleb, and Katelynn Glave; and one sister, Pauline C. Shofner of Newport News, VA.

The family requests memorials be made in memory of Gene to Dragon Boat Charleston, Box 261, 1643 Savannah Highway, Charleston, South Carolina 29407 or The , 9302 Medical Plaza Drive, Suite E, North Charleston, SC 29406 or Charleston Animal Society, 2455 Remount Road, North Charleston, SC 29406. A memorial message may be written to the family by visiting our website at Visit our guestbook at View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Charleston Post & Courier on July 8, 2011.   
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Published in Daily Press from July 8 to July 9, 2011


July 07, 2011

"I am so sorry to hear of Gene's passing and offer my sincere condolences to her family. I was a childhood friend in Newport News where we both grew up in the 1940s and 50s. She will be missed!"

~ Al Simms, Fredericksburg, Virginia

July 07, 2011

To Pauline, Charles and Gene's family:
I knew Gene Temple all my life and my heart hurts that we have lost her so soon. She fought the good fight and kept the faith always. What a sense of humor and precious person. We all can take a lesson by knowing her bravery and just by knowing her. Love you, Pauline, and you all are in our prayers. Love,
Sarah Puckett Kressaty

July 07, 2011   

July 07, 2011

Pauline and family - I've just read everything about Gene including her blog and play and am overwhelmed by the wonderful life that she lived. I'm so sorry for your loss but I feel that her your memories of her will be such a comfort. I pray for your peace.

July 07, 2011

How will we live without Gene? Of course, she'd yell at us if we don't! I can only say Heaven is a much more fun place today. Dick, we all love you and the boys, sending you the strength you need.

~ Kathy Fletcher, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina

July 07, 2011

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort... We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.

~ CVS Pharmacy, Ben Sawyer Boulevard, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina

July 07, 2011 

To Dick and family I'm sorry to hear about Gene's passing. She was a fighter. She fought a good fight ,she kept the faith and now victory is hers. Know that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Weeping may endure for a night but Joy comes in the morning. My prayers are with you.

~ Robbie Robinson, St. Francis Hospital, Charleston, South Carolina

July 08, 2011

Gene's heart never had any limits. She made room for each and every person she met and became a big part of so many lives, animals too. She leaves that big an empty space in my life and so many others. I will miss her incredible sunshiny smile. Dick, Eddie, Bill and Tommy - I know you know how lucky you were to be 'hers'. 

~ Unsigned

July 08, 2011

Ah, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. How fortunate we were to have known Gene. Her legacy of humor and the ability to laugh at herself is a wonderful gift to all of us. We often relate her "Cokes" story. Now it will have more meaning.

~ Lee and Carol Coste, Palm Coast, Florida

July 08, 2011

Celebrating a life well lived. Gene will always be in our hearts.

July 08, 2011

  Gene will be sadly missed, but she has left so much of herself behind. I did see her recently and I got to tell her what an inspiration that she was. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family at this time; you all have a lot to be proud of and to be thankful for. To have known Gene and to work with her was such a pleasure. God bless you all. (Roper MOB)

July 08, 2011

Though I only met you twice.. You were the brightest star in the room each time with your genuine love for everyone else. Heaven is a little brighter today and I know the Lord will put you to work right away as His faithful servant. Thank you for being such an inspiration to all that you met. To Gene's family...Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.. May the peace of our Lord.

July 08, 2011

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

July 08, 2011

My sincere condolences on the loss of your sister. All the wonderful things said about her and the things that she did will, in time, bring a smile to your face whenever the thought of such a great sister crosses your mind. May your sorrow soon be gone, replaced by happy memories of the good times. In time, it will happen, may that be soon.

   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Gene's family, friends, and classmates at this 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

For All the Saints

- Lyrics by William W. How (1823-1897), 1864
Music (Sine Nomine) by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958), 1906

For all the saints
who from their labors rest,
Who thee by faith
before the world confessed.
Thy name, O Jesus,
be forever blest.

Thou wast their Rock,
their Fortress and their Might;
Thou, Lord, their captain
in the well-fought fight;
Thou, in the darkness drear,
their one true light.

O may Thy soldiers,
faithful, true, and bold,
Fight as the saints
who nobly fought of old,
And win with them
the victor's crown of gold.

And when the strife is fierce,
the warfare long,
Steals on the ear
the distant triumph song,
And hearts are brave again,
and arms are strong.

From earth's wide bounds,
from ocean's farthest coast,
Thro' gates of pearl
streams in the countless host,
Singing to Father,
Son, and Holy Ghost,

"For All the Saints" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 04/17/07

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of – 01/27/05

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!

Blue Flower Divider Line clip art courtesy of - umm, I cannot seem to locate that information at the moment...

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

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