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10/05/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Mamie Stahle Via Allen

Mamie Elizabeth Stahle Via Allen
(d. 03 Oct 2011)

Newport News High School Class of June 1939

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   There is more sad news this Wednesday.  
 Mamie Stahle Via Allen, commencement speaker for the Class of June 1939, passed away in Williamsburg on Monday, October 03, 2011 at the age of 89.

From the Daily Press - 10/05/11:   

                   Mamie Stahle Via Allen


HAMPTON - Mamie Elizabeth Stahle Via Allen, 89, a longtime resident of the Peninsula died in Williamsburg on Oct. 3, 2011.

Mamie is survived by her husband, Retired Lieutenant Colonel Lee Allen; two sons, Bill Via and Craig Via of Richmond; three daughters-in-law, Ann Via, Suzi Via, and Gail Barontini of Orlando, Fla.; one son-in-law, Steve Allen of Colorado; one brother-in-law, Gene Allen of Newport News; and eight beloved grandchildren and one great-grandchild.


Mamie Stahle Via Allen

Mrs. Allen was the Class Speaker for the Newport News High School Graduating Class of 1939. She graduated from Mary Washington College before becoming secretary to the Vice-President of the Newport News Shipyard. She was married to the late Retired Lieutenant Colonel James Bernard Via with whom she lived abroad during various military assignments. Mamie worked as a professional model and retail sales associate for Thalhimer's Department Store prior to assuming her position as the Assistant Executive Director of the Hampton Clean City Commission. She was the former President of the Mary Washington College Peninsula Alumni Association, a member of the Newicton Garden Club, Newport News Women's Club, and Hidenwood Presbyterian Church.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011, at R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home in Hampton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Peninsula Fine Arts Center and to Mary Washington University. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press from October 5 to October 6, 2011.   
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May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

~ Leroy Beam, Raleigh, North Carolina

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My thoughts are with you and your family. Your mother was an amazing woman.

~ Brandie May Williams, Richmond, Virginia

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   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Mrs. Allen's family and friends at this 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

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Words and Music by Martin Luther (10 Nov 1483 – 18 Feb 1546)
English Translation by
Frederick Henry Hedge (1805 – 21 Aug 1890)

“A Mighty Fortress” was written and composed by Martin Luther. The date of the hymn cannot be fixed with any exact certainty. It is generally believed, however, to have been written for the Diet of Spires in 1529 when the term “protestant” was first used. The hymn became the great rallying cry of the Reformation.

1. A mighty fortress is our God,
A bulwark never failing;
Our helper He amid the flood
Of mortal ills prevailing;
For still our ancient foe
Doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and pow'r are great,
And armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not His equal.

2. Did we in our own strength confide,
Our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side,
The Man of God's own choosing;
Dost ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabaoth, His name,
From age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.

3. And tho' this world, with devils filled,
Should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed
His truth to triumph thro' us;
The prince of Darkness grim,
We tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure,
For lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.

4. That word above all earthly pow'rs,
No thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours
Thro' Him who with us sideth:
Let goods and kindred go,
This mortal life also;
The body they may kill:
God's truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.

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