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07/29/13 - NNHS Newsletter -
Mary Catherine Starling Broughman

Mary Catherine Starling Broughman
(13 May 1929 - 28 July 2013)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   There is more sad news today.  
 Mary Catherine Starling Broughman, mother of    Cathie Weeks Fraser ('66) and    Ben Weeks ('67), passed away on Sunday, July 28, 2013 at home in Hampton at the age of 84.  She was the owner and operator of Paramount Florist until her retirement.

From the Daily Press - 07/29/13:

              Mary Catherine Starling Broughman



HAMPTON - Mary Catherine Starling Broughman, age 84, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, July 28, 2013, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Johnston County, North Carolina on May 13, 1929 to the late Cleveland Lloyd and Ettie Catherine Starling.

She was a diligent worker her entire life and was known by her family and friends for her strong work ethic. She started working in a small grocery store at the age of 13. She was employed at Coats and Clark Zipper Factory as a Supervisor and later was Owner and Operator of Paramount Florist until her retirement.

Mary was an active member of Parkview Church of God and enjoyed faithfully serving in the Women's Ministries for many years. She loved attending church and helping others by her giving, baking, and visiting. She touched countless lives with her kindness and generosity.





Survivors include her children, Cathie Fraser and husband John; Benjamin Weeks, Jr. and wife Donna; grandchildren, Jason Forrest, Robin Mason and husband Greg, Benjamin Weeks III and wife Caroline, Kelly Germano and husband David; great-grandchildren, Tyler Mason, Avery Weeks, Colton Mason, and Asa Weeks; siblings, Betty King, Hilda Jones and husband Glen, Joyce Parnell and husband Carl, Norwood Starling and wife Jerry, Glen Starling and wife Linda and many loving nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Dana Edward Broughman on August 15, 2003.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 from 6-7:30 PM in the W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 11:00 AM in Parkview Church Of God with Pastor Mark S. Hamrick officiating. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 PM in the Peninsula Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to The Women's Ministries at Parkview Church of God, 1116 Briarfield Road, Newport News, VA, 23605. Please leave condolences at  Arrangements by W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on July 29, 2013.
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July 29, 2013

Jean and I were very sad to hear about Mary's passing. She was a very special lady and a good friend.

~ Glenn Hollifield, Hampton, Virginia

July 29, 2013  
We are saddened to hear about "Miss Mary", but rejoice that we will see her again in Heaven. We will miss her; she was always kind, gentle and loving, a very special person. We love you, Weeks family.

~ Tommy, Jody, Thomas and Andrew

July 29, 2013
Glenn and Family,

We are sorry for your loss. You'll be in our thoughts and prayers.

~ Mark and Miriam Olson Waggoner, Hampton, Virginia

July 29, 2013

Mary will be missed at church. She was always faithful in attendance and willing to help in different areas. May God comfort you all in your loss.

~ Darrell and Jan Hollifield, Hampton, Virginia

July 2
9, 2013
A very sweet and caring woman; we know she'll be missed by many. You are all in our prayers.

~ Judianne and Michael Heath

July 29, 2013

We will certainly miss Mary, a lovely and kind lately. I can still hear her saying, "good enough" when she called me at the church to ask a question. Our condolences to the Weeks family. We love you.

July 29, 2013
An honor to be a friend to a wonderful lady like Mary; she set an example to us all of a Christian woman. She touched so many lives with her generous spirit and heart
Love and prayers to all,

~ Lena Belcher

July 29, 2013
What a blessing to know this wonderful lady. Will always remember she had some ginger snaps for me when I came to visit. The best in the world!
Danny K. Eastham

July 29, 2013
I miss her already!!! She was such a wonderful, giving, sweet lady. We can take comfort in knowing that one day soon we will see her again in Heaven. One of the Ladies Ministries' prize workers... you could always count on her being there to help out!

~ Elaine Grady, Smithfield, Virginia
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July 29, 2013
Praying for the family during this time and rejoicing that Ms. Mary is in Heaven!

30, 2013
I am saddened to hear of Mary's passing. I thoroughly enjoyed being her hairdresser for over 25 years. Mary was unique in many ways. I will sorely miss her.

July 30, 2013

Our hearts are hurting for our loss... yet rejoicing for her gain. Thought so much of "the other Mary", as she always answered when we called. Much love, thoughts and prayers for a special family!

~ Charles & Mary Hollifield, Richmond, Virginia
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30, 2013

Ben and Donna, I know this is a very sad time for you. Just remember your Mom lives in heaven now and you will see her again one day!!

~ Debbie and Johnny Whitmore, Carrollton, Virginia

30, 2013

  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Mary's family and their friends at this difficult time.

  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

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Music ("Solid Rock") by William Batchelder Bradbury, 1863
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