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09/10/10 - NNHS Newsletter -  Margaret Kiser York

 Margaret Lee Kiser York
(12 June 1923 - 08 Sept 2010)

Newport News High School Class of 1940

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have even more sad news today.    Margaret Kiser York, Class of 1940, passed away in Newport News on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at the age of 87.  She was the mother of Karrin Williams Frankie (Warwick HS - '61) [and her fiancé,   Joe Dickson ('66)] of VA, and of the late Craig Williams and Danny York.

 From the Daily Press - 09/10/10:

                 Margaret Lee Kiser York



NEWPORT NEWS - Margaret Lee Kiser York, 87, died on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010.

Mrs. York was born June 12, 1923, to the late Mr. and Mrs. O. J. Kiser Sr. in Newport News where she was raised and lived. She was educated in the schools in Hilton, Hampton and graduated from Newport News High School in 1940. She was on the reunion committee for 67 years. Mrs. York retired from Travelers Insurance Adjustment. She also worked through the years at Sears, Newport News Forms, Lavino Shipping, and Partime.

Mrs. York started her bible study as a sunbeam at First Baptist Church, and later joined Ivy Memorial Baptist Church where she has been a member since 1933. Through the years she has worked in many phases of WMU work.





Mrs. York enjoyed gardening, playing golf, and camping with her husband and children. She was known as 'Memah', 'Marty', and 'Rebel'. She was known for wearing hats, wearing purple, and speaking her mind. You never had to wonder what she thought….she told you. Mrs. York belonged to 2 Red Hat Societies, the 'Shecrabs' of Hampton, and 'Sophisticated Ladies' of Newport News.

Survivors include her husband, P. W. York; daughter, Karrin Williams Frankie and her fiancé, Joe Dickson, of Newport News; daughter-in-law, Marsha Williams of Hampton; grandchildren, Phillip Williams and his special friend, Michelle, of Newport News, and Tammie Bowman and her husband, Jay of New Orleans, La., and Candice Williams of Richmond; two great-grandchildren, Adia and Tessa of New Orleans, La.; sister-in-law, Thelma Kiser of Williamsburg; her nephews, Jerry of Alabama, Jeff of Chesapeake, Dennis of Williamsburg and their families.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sons, Craig Williams and Danny York; her brother, O. J. Kiser Jr.; and her nephew, O. J. Kiser III.

A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, in Peninsula Memorial Park. Directly following the graveside the family will greet friends in the fellowship hall at Ivy Memorial Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to your favorite charity.

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 from September 10 to September 11, 2010.

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September 10, 2010
Such a sweet lady, so full of life (vim and vinegar). She was a true Southern lady. She will be dearly missed. Deepest sympathy to Karrin and all of her family.

September 10, 2010

My heartfelt condolences to you Karrin and to all of your family members. Karrin, it sounds as though your mother added a touch of spice to all those who were lucky enough to to know her, how wonderful.

~ Jane Reno, Hampton, Virginia

September 10
, 2010

Perry, sorry to hear of your loss. Margaret was a very special woman, and my parents always spoke of you and her and how much they enjoyed times with both of you. My memories were with you both on the boat while you were pulling my dad on water skies. Take care of yourself, and know one day you will be with her again enjoying her forever.

September 10, 2010

It was my joy to be her pastor for 22 wonderful years, and I have so many precious memories of her, Perry and the family. I will be thinking of all of you during these tough days but know the Lord will be present among you.
I never see purple without thinking of her.

~ Gene Fant, Nashville, Tennessee

September 10, 2010


September 10, 2010




   Our deepest condolences are extended to Karrin and Joe and their family and 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

Rock of Ages

Words by Augustus Montague Toplady, 1763 (first published in The Gospel Magazine, 1775)
(04 Nov 1740 - 11 Aug 1778)

Music by Thomas Hastings
(15 Oct 1784 - 15 May 1872)

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee,
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy riven side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure,
Save me from its guilt and pow'r.

Not the labors of my hands
Can fulfill Thy law's demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.

Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling;
Naked come, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless, look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly,
Wash me, Savior, or I die!

While I draw this fleeting breath,
When mine eyes shall close in death,
When I soar to Thee for dress;
Helpless, look to Thee for grace;
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee.

"Rock of Ages" midi (sequenced by Brian M. Ames) and lyrics courtesy of - 03/30/09

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of – 03/15/05

Flower Bar 48 Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 01/27/10

Red Hat Society Logo courtesy of - 06/26/08

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