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09/05/13 - NNHS Newsletter - Kitty Hicks McNider

Kathryn Elizabeth Hicks McNider
(28 Jan 1925 - 03 Sept 2013)

Newport News High School Class of @ June 1941

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   We have more sad news this Thursday. 
 Kitty Hicks McNider, Class of @ June 1941, passed away in Newport News on Tuesday, September 03, 2013 at the age of 88.  She was the sister of the late Frank Hicks (19 May 1913 - 16 Aug 1979), Lillian Hicks (24 Sept 1914 - 20 Sept 1923),   Irene Hicks Woodall (February '39),    Jo Hicks Whitsett (June '42), and Bill Hicks, and the sister-in-law of the late Ralph Whitsett.

From the Daily Press - 09/05/13:   

                   Kathryn Hicks McNider



NEWPORT NEWS - Kathryn "Kitty" Elizabeth Hicks McNider went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, September 3, 2013. She entered this world January 28, 1925 in here childhood home at 319 33rd Street Newport News, Virginia.

She was preceded in her homegoing by her loving husband of 65 years, Marion Hanford "Mac" McNider, her sisters, Lillian Hicks, Irene Woodall, Josephine Whitsett; brothers, Bill Hicks and Frank Hicks; and her very close brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Carey and Miriam McNider.

She is survived by her loving children, Susan McNider Miller, and the Rev. J. Allie McNider and his wife Ann; her precious grandchildren, Ashley Miller and Alexandra McNider, and newly born great-grandchild William. She also is survived by loving nieces and nephews.

Kitty was a lifelong resident of the Peninsula. She was a graduate of Newport News High School and a proud Typhoon! She worked in the early days at Nachman's and Noland Company in downtown Newport News, and later retired form Hampton General Hospital.

She met Mac at First Baptist Church Newport News, and they were married on Valentine's Day in 1948 in the home of Bill and Dorothy Hicks, her brother and sister-in-law. They lived in Ferguson Park for a short time and then built a home on Whealton Road and never left. She was a stay at home Mom and took loving care of her two children. Growing up was easy with her nurturing spirit.

She loved her Granddaughters and would brag on them at a moment's notice and probably show you a picture. She loved to laugh and giggle with them. There were not too many weeks that went by that she did not interact with her family. Whether it was shopping with Jo and Irene or gathering for the Annual Christmas Family Get Together. Family was important and it remained that way all of her life.

She loved dogs and there was always a dog in the home. She cherished the visits from dogs to her bedside at Northampton Convalescent.

She was a lifetime member of First Baptist Church of Newport News. She loved her Lord and His Church and was always a supportive member. She enjoyed being a member of her Ladies Sunday School Class and her WMU Circle Groups. Even as she became bedridden these past two years at Northampton Convalescent, she ministered to those that attended to her and anyone who visited her.

She will be missed by many, but today she is "Absent from the body and present with the Lord". The family is grateful for the loving care of the staff of the Northampton Convalescent Center. They are thankful for those that visited her and brought joy to her life.

The family will receive friends at Peninsula Funeral Home Friday, September 6, 7:00 PM-8:30 PM. A Memorial Service will be held at the Peninsula Funeral Home on Saturday, September 7 at 11:00 AM. Her son, the Rev J. Allie McNider will conduct the Service. Interment will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park where she will be laid to rest next to her husband and most of her family that has gone before her.

The family asked that in lieu of flowers please make contributions to the building fund of the First Baptist Church of Newport News. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press from September 5 to September 6, 2013.
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September 05, 2013

Dear Susan and Family.
I feel like a member of my own family has passed away--Having Kathryn as as patient and a friend for more than 30 years at Suburban Clinic your family became and still is special to me--I remember your mother's laughs and fun loving; she is now with your dad who I also loved so much--Susan, you have been a good daughter and I know she was so proud of her family--my thoughts and prayers are with you today--she is at rest and for sure we know she is with the Lord as that shone brightly in her.
Love, Joanne Miller
~ Joanne Miller, Seaford, Virginia

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September 05, 2013  

Allie, Susan and family; The McNider family has been friends with the Doremus family now for a long time. We treasure the times we have had together with our extended families, and now we honor the life of Mrs. McNider. The few times we visited with her were special and she always made us feel special. Please know of our love, thoughts, and prayers.

September 06, 2013

  The best way to remember my aunt Kitty. I will always miss you. Love, Johnny, Carey Will, Maggie and Melissa.

~ Johnny McNider, Denver, Colorado
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   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Kitty's family and friends at this difficult time.

     From Fred Mays ('60) of VA - 09/05/13, 4:12 PM:

Hi, Carol,

... I noticed in today's newspaper that there was another Typhoon graduate who died.....She is Kathryn Elizabeth Hicks "Kitty" McNider. she was born at home, 319 33rd Street, N.N. on January 28, 1925. The paper states, "She was a Graduate of Newport News High School and a proud Typhoon. They did not mention the year of her graduation; however, my mother was born in 1915, ten years earlier and her year was 1932.....hence, I suppose she would have graduated in 1942. I can check the yearbooks as soon as I get the chance.

Let me know if you need more information.. Ms McNider's body is at Peninsula Funeral Home with a visitation on Friday, September 6th....from 7:00 p.m. until 08:30 p.m...A memorial Service will be held at the Peninsula Funeral Home on Saturday, Sept. 7th at 11:00 a.m. Her son, Rev. J. Allie McNider will conduct the funeral.

Take care, Fred Mays, '60  

   Thank you so much, Fred.  I had originally thought Mrs. McNider must surely have graduated in 1942, but as I found her sister Jo pictured with the Class of June of '42, I thought June 1941 might be more probable than February 1942, so I've temporarily changed that.

  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

Shall We Gather at the River

Words and Music by Rev. Robert Lowry (1826-1899)

 Shall we gather at the river,
Where bright angel feet have trod;
With its crystal tide forever
Flowing by the throne of God?


Yes, we'll gather at the river,
The beautiful, the beautiful river;
Gather with the saints at the river
That flows by the throne of God.

On the margin of the river,
Washing up its silver spray,
We will walk and worship ever,
All the happy golden day.


Ere we reach the shining river,
Lay we every burden down;
Grace our spirits will deliver,
And provide a robe and crown.


Soon we'll reach the shining river,
Soon our pilgrimage will cease,
Soon our happy hearts will quiver
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