12/12/06 - NNHS Newsletter - Virginia Meehan Gay

Virginia Meehan Gay
(13 Aug 1907 - 9 Dec 2006)

St. Vincent High School, Class of 1926

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Sad news has come to us yet again.  Virginia Meehan Gay, mother of Ann Lee Gay  Reynolds ('53) of VA,   James Gay ('57) of GA, and   Sallie Gay Greene ('62) of VA, has passed away in Newport News at the age of 99.  Sallie is the wife of    Billy Greene ('61).

  From Brownie Shaffer Haracivet ('62) of VA - 12/10/06 - "  Sallie Gay Greene '62":

I am sad to report that Sallie Gay (Greene) class of '62 lost her Mom last evening. Sallie's Mom's name is Virginia Gay. The visitation is Tuesday night from 7 to 8:30 at Peninsula Funeral Home and the funeral is Wednesday.
Brownie Shaffer (Haracivet) '62

   Brownie, I'm so distressed to learn this news.  As we both know, losing your mother is just not an easy thing.  Thank you for telling us.

From the Daily Press - 12/11/06:

                    Virginia Meehan Gay


NEWPORT NEWS - Virginia Meehan Gay, 99, mother of Ann Lee, James and Sallie, died Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006. Arrangements by Peninsula Funeral Home. Published in the Daily Press on 12/11/2006..

Published in the Daily Press on 12/12/2006.

From the Daily Press - 12/12/06:

                    Virginia Meehan Gay


NEWPORT NEWS - Virginia Meehan Gay, 99, died at midnight, Dec. 9, 2006 at St. Francis Nursing Center in Newport News. Virginia was born in Newport News on Aug. 13, 1907 and has lived all her life on the Peninsula. In 2005 her family was honored for having been members of St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church for over 100 years and Peninsula Catholic High School (formerly St. Vincent) listed Virginia as its oldest living graduate, class of 1926. She was preceded in death by her husband, Norfleet Stancel (Jack) Gay; a brother, Henry B. Meehan and her parents, Lt. Comdr. James Henry and Sallie Hansford Meehan. Virginia served as a precinct official with the Board of Elections for many years in Newport News. She was a member of the united Daughters of the Confederacy, Bethel Chapter for over 75 years, among her interests in prior years were being an avid reader and enjoying the theater. She possessed great wit and was amusingly clever. Three children survive her, Dr. James Thomas Gay and his wife Lucy of Carrollton Ga., Ann Lee Gay Reynolds and her husband Bill of Hampton, Sallie Gay Greene and her husband Billy of Newport News; five grandchildren, Jimmy, Tommy and Rebecca Reynolds, Amy R. Sirianni (Vince) and Abigail Gay. Two great-grandchildren Christopher and Joseph Sirianni and one niece Elizabeth of Snow Hill, Md. The Hansfords on her mother's side of the family were one of the first families of Virginia who settled in York County, circa 1630. Sir Humphrey Hansford of London was an active member of the Virginia Company. The Hansfords have traced their family history back to the year 1012 in Chichester, England. Visitation will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12 at Peninsula Funeral Home on Warwick Blvd in Newport News. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13 at St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church in downtown Newport News by the Rev. Robert F. Ruth. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery in Newport News. Memorial donations may be made to Peninsula Catholic High School Building Fund: 600 Harpersville Road, Newport News VA 23601. Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Eternal rest, grant unto her, O Lord.

Published in the Daily Press on 12/12/2006.
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James, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Barbara Kemp Bostwick NNHS57 (Hertford, NC ) - December 12, 2006
Our Mothers are now together. Oh what a time they are having!
Margaret Hoban Wilner (Pittsburgh, PA ) - December 12, 2006
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Sallie, I'm truly saddened for your loss. Your mom was a dear sweet lady & I know she will be missed.
Buster Vest (Richmond, VA ) - December 12, 2006
Dear Sallie and all of your family; I just read of your mother's passing. As you know I lost my mother 2 years ago and this past Monday 12-11 would have been her 95th birthday. How blest we were to have them with us for so long. God be with you and yours this Holiday as we celebrate the life of our Saviour and the wonderful gifts he filled our lives with. In Christian love, Judy and Pete Buchanan
Judith Ware Buchanan (Newport News, VA ) - December 13, 2006
Sallie, I was sorry to hear about the passing of your Mother. It is not an easy time and my thoughts are with you.
Linda Alfrey Walker (Hampton, VA ) - December 13, 2006
Sallie: So sorry to learn about your mother's death. I tried to get by the funeral home to see you but my time got messed up. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Hope you remember me from 8th grade in NNHS and good Ol' C&P Telephone Company.
Karrin Williams Frankie (Newport News, VA ) - December 15, 2006
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   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Mrs. Gay's family and friends at this time.

  From Brownie Shaffer Haracivet ('62) of VA - 12/20/06 - "Update":

Hi Carol,

Please let everyone know that Sallie Gay (Greene's) sister, Ann Lee Gay (Reynolds) graduated from NNHS in 1953. I forgot to tell you in my email advising of the passing of their Mom, Virginia Gay. Also, they made their home closer to NNHS than any of us, living at 3011 West Avenue. Thanks so much for keeping us informed.

Brownie '62 

   Thanks, Brownie.

   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol


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  O Sacred Head Now Wounded

Text: Anonymous; trans. by Paul Gerhardt and James W. Alexander
Music: Hans L. Hassler, 1564-1612; harm. by J.S. Bach, 1685-1750

1. O sacred Head, now wounded,
with grief and shame weighed down,
now scornfully surrounded
with thorns, thine only crown:
how pale thou art with anguish,
with sore abuse and scorn!
How does that visage languish
which once was bright as morn!

2. What thou, my Lord, has suffered
was all for sinners' gain;
mine, mine was the transgression,
but thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Savior!
'Tis I deserve thy place;
look on me with thy favor,
vouchsafe to me thy grace.

3. What language shall I borrow
to thank thee, dearest friend,
for this thy dying sorrow,
thy pity without end?
O make me thine forever;
and should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never
outlive my love for thee.

"O Sacred Head" midi courtesy of http://romaaeterna.web.infoseek.co.jp/basil/sb038.html - 04/08/06

"O Sacred Head" lyrics courtesy of http://www.hymnsite.com/lyrics/umh286.sht - 04/08/06

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