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08/24/08 - NNHS Newsletter - Audrey Parker Markham

Audrey Parker Markham
(26 Dec 1922 - 22 Aug 2008)

Poquoson High School Class of 19__

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   
Once again today we bring you sad news. 
  Audrey Parker Markham, mother of Claudia Markham Rader ('67) of VA, passed away in Newport News on Friday, August 22, 2008 at the age of 85. 

    From Johnnie Bateman ('67 / '70) of VA - 08/24/08 - "Notice for Audrey Parker Markham":


I noticed here in today's paper that Claudia Markham's mother has departed. Claudia was in the Class of 67 and also a classmate at Magruder.

Respectfully, Johnnie

   Oh, no, I missed this one completely.  Thank you so much for bringing it to my attention, Johnnie.

 From the Daily Press - 08/24/08:    

                 Audrey Parker Markham


NEWPORT NEWS - Audrey Parker Markham peacefully answered the Lord's calling at 2:50 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22, 2008, at the timely and exact end of Psalm 23 as delivered to us by Chaplain Paul Bemers at Riverside Medical Center.

The daughter of Claude and Nellie Parker of Seaford, Audrey was born on Dec. 26, 1922, in the town of East Hampton. She graduated from Poquoson High School and went on to graduate with honors from Elizabeth Buxton Nursing School in Newport News. She was also a member of the Elizabeth Buxton Alumni Association. Audrey became a Registered Nurse and worked in this capacity for more than 50 years. She started her career as an Operating Room Surgical Nurse, becoming highly proficient in this capacity. She later did a period of private duty nursing while raising her only child, Claudia. Eventually she enhanced her career at Riverside Regional Medical Center while working for many years on the surgical floor. She retired from service and was subsequently recalled to work on the IV Team at Riverside. She eventually retired for good and then signed up for a period of volunteer work in the IV Team and Pastoral Department.


Audrey Parker Markham


udrey was preceded in death by her true and beloved husband, Vernon B. Markham Jr. Audrey and 'Bernie' were lifetime members of the Second Presbyterian Church in Newport News.

She is survived by her daughter, Claudia Markham Rader of Newport News. She will be especially remembered by Claudia's fiancé, Raymond W. Wright of Hampton, who so lovingly referred to Audrey as 'Mama.' She will also be lovingly and dearly remembered by her older sister, Estelle Groff; Estelle's sons, Talmadge Huckabee, his wife, Jeanie, and their son, Michael Huckabee; and Keith Huckabee, his wife, Bridget, and their two sons. She will also be remembered by her cousins, Edith Lee and Mr. and Mrs. Faye Moore. She will be especially remembered by her sister-in-law, Ms. Peggy Hales, and husband, Leon Douglas Hales, and their son, Rodney Neeley Jr. She was a true 'Angel of Mercy' who will be sadly missed by her many, many friends and loved ones.

The family wishes to thank most sincerely the staff of the Riverside Regional Medical Center, the Riverside Rehabilitation Center, and the Gardens of Warwick Forest, the medical facilities that supported us during these trying times.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Peninsula Funeral Home. A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Peninsula Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Riverside Regional Medical Center's School of Health Careers Scholarship Fund, a truly noble cause: Riverside Health System Foundation, Attn: Debbie Atkinson, 701 Town Center Drive, Suite 1000, Newport News, VA 23606. Please make checks payable to Riverside Health System Foundation.

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

Published in the Daily Press on 8/24/2008.

Guest Book

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Dear Estelle, Claudia and Family,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss of Audrey. Claudia, you do not know me; I grew up in Seaford and have known your mother and Estelle all my life. My mother, Mary Virginia grew up with Estelle and your mother; she has since passed away.

I always will have this memory of Audrey. I am an RN and was working at Riverside on the Surgery floor and lo and behold, who should show up for work but your mother. She had been out of nursing for years, and was scared to death. We had some good times working together until took another job and she went on to become a fixture at Riverside. I can still hear her laugh and she was so fun loving----- there will never be another Audrey, as I am sure you know.

Estelle, I am so sorry for your loss of your sister, and I pray God will take good care of you and I will continue seeing you at church. You know I love you bunches.

My prayers are with you all,

Joanne Wainwright Miller
Joanne Miller, Seaford, Virginia Contact Me

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Dear Claudia,
Sorry to hear about the loss your mom. She was there as a nurse when my dad was dying @RRMC. She was so caring. I came back in 1982 to work @ RRMC and saw her as a very cheerful and repected nurse. She was a great person.
Daria Brinkley Morris
Daria Morris, Mount Dora, Florida

   Our sincerest condolences are extended to Claudia and her family and their friends.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305

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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