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11/17/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Sue Mays Forbes

Maxine Sue Mays Forbes
(1929 - 15 Nov 2010)

Newport News High School Class of June 1946

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   The sad news continues to arrive. 
  Sue Mays Forbes, Class of June 1946, passed away on Monday, November 15, 2010 in Poquoson at the age of 81.

   From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 11/17/10, 2:02 PM - "  Sue Mays":

Hello Carol.      Nov. 17, 2010

Sue Mays was in the NNHS Class of June, 1946.

Fred W. Field
Fullerton, CA

   Thank you so much for clarifying that for us, Fred.

From the Daily Press - 11/17/10:  

                   Sue Mays Forbes

    POQUOSON - Maxine 'Sue' M. Forbes died Nov. 15, 2010. Sue was born in 1929 to John Benjamin Mays and Elsie Mae Mays in Madison County, Va.

The Mays' moved to Newport News, where Sue graduated from Newport News High School. She was employed by VEPCO where she made many lifelong friends. She retired from BASF as the benefit's coordinator after more than 20 years. She was a 50-year member of a women's bridge group filled with friends from high school, VEPCO, and church. She continued to lunch and socialize with her friends throughout the vibrancy of her life. She was a devoted member and supporter of Hilton Christian Church.
Sue's house was home to numerous family gatherings. Most famous were Christmases where as many as 50 family and friends would come to enjoy her warmth. Christmas was a special time for her. She gave without want. She learned to sew by creating outfits for her nieces' dolls and tirelessly made her father's peanut butter fudge for her best friend and sister, Peggy, and all of Peggy's children and grandchildren. Sue was caregiver to her mother, Nannie, for many years and never regretted a second. She was happiest cooking for those she loved. Sue was an earnest fan of her son's baseball teams and a spirited pooh-pooher of any opponent. Once her grandchildren were born, she spent her hours babysitting and doting on them. We believe many of their finest memories were of the times staying at Mimi's home.

Her parents and her sister, Peggy Darnley, preceded her in death.

Sue was a much-loved mother to Betsy Forbes Willard (John) and Jack Forbes (Sue). She was Mimi to Kailey, Todd, Cole and Cam, who owned her heart. She was a favorite aunt to Donna Kerr, Cam and Benny Darnley and Cathy Stuman.

Sue lived her life loving and caring for her family. She will live in our hearts forever. We were blessed to call her ours and we know, as does she, that she is with her Savior.

In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to The Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula, 9912 Hosier Street, Newport News, VA 23601.

The family would like to share their appreciation and thanks for the wonderful care, support, and love the employees at Bayside Convalescent Center showed Sue during her four-year stay.

A memorial service will be held at Hilton Christian Church located at 100 James River Drive, Newport News on Nov. 18, 2010, at 4 p.m. Visitation will follow immediately after the service.

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

Published in Daily Press from November 17 to November 18, 2010.  Visit Guest Book


November 17, 2010

  Our sympathy goes out to the family. Both my husband and I knew Sue at BASF and she was always so helpful and gracious. I know she will sorely missed by her family.

November 17, 2010

I remember Sue at BASF . She was always so very helpful and concerned when any employee had a problem. She was so kind.

She will be missed.

November 17, 2010

I will always remember Christmas at Sue's. It was always warm & fuzzy over there. Don't really get that much anymore, so those memories I will always have & cherish. I know Sue is at peace now and has been reunited with our family angels. She is in good hands. I will miss you, Sue.

~ Heather Darnley-Stover, Lanexa, Virginia

November 17, 2010

I worked with Sue at BASF. She was a very caring person and a friend to everyone there. She had a great sense of humor and was always fun to be with. I have lots of good memories as I'm sure all of her family does.

~ Nila Hansford, Newport News, Virginia

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Sue was a delightful person in her job at BASF - cheerful and helpful and wonderful to work with.

~ Don Duguid

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   Our sincerest condolences are extended to Mrs. Forbes' 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

For All the Saints

- Lyrics by William W. How (1823-1897) , 1864
Music (Sine Nomine) by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958), 1906

For all the saints
who from their labors rest,
Who thee by faith
before the world confessed.
Thy name, O Jesus,
be forever blest.

Thou wast their Rock,
their Fortress and their Might;
Thou, Lord, their captain
in the well-fought fight;
Thou, in the darkness drear,
their one true light.

O may Thy soldiers,
faithful, true, and bold,
Fight as the saints
who nobly fought of old,
And win with them
the victor's crown of gold.

And when the strife is fierce,
the warfare long,
Steals on the ear
the distant triumph song,
And hearts are brave again,
and arms are strong.

From earth's wide bounds,
from ocean's farthest coast,
Thro' gates of pearl
streams in the countless host,
Singing to Father,
Son, and Holy Ghost,

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