TRIBUTE TO MEL – MARY ELAINE LAINE By John Laine and Cherie Andrepont ‘70 (Freeman)
Mel died on June 19, 1994 only 9 days
after her 45th birthday after living strongly
and bravely (you know Mel!) with ovarian
cancer for almost 7 years.
It can very truly be said that Mel lived life
to its fullest. She didn't let anything slow
her down. She had things she wanted to do
--and she did them, to the very end. Mel and
Jonathan had a good marriage for 22 years.
They supported each other and loved each other as husband and wife, and as good friends who could make each other laugh. They raised three thoughtful, smart and lovely daughters who make the world smile with their laughs & their love of life, just as Mel did.
While co-parenting those daughters -- and being a minister's wife (taking on the added "family" of each church's congregation) -- Mel earned a degree in nursing. She also devoted time to homeless animals, by taking them in and, when there was no more room, going with her daughters to animal shelters to give dogs walks in the fresh air. In the last few months of her life, Mel could be found romping in the snow with the dogs -- even when a hospital called with lab results & asked if she wanted to be admitted. Mel's response: "H*** no! I'm out playing with the dogs!" Mel didn't want anyone to feel sorry for her. This was one of the biggest gifts she left us, and her children, and just one of the many ways she prepared them for life. She did a great job. To know the tremendous impact her caring, love, & strength had, all you have to do is meet her daughters.
My special goodbye to Mel: Please note that the above photo is 4 months before Mel died.
I will ALWAYS remember your infectious smile and laugh! From the first day we met at Sullins we became best of friends and I miss you every day! I feel blessed to be in contact with your brother, John by email and by phone and your three wonderful daughters, Katharine, Christina and Elizabeth on Facebook. You would be so proud of them and their families. I can see so much of you in them. I am a better person for having known you and you always made me and every one smile and laugh! Your love of life and having fun was what we had in common. I wish we could be enjoying that together every day but I know you are smiling down on all of us. I love you and I will never forget you.
Love from your best friend, Cherie
It's always tragic to lose one of our own. But they will live forever in our memories. Here is a forum for us to share some of those special moments with the rest of the Sullins family and friends.
Special Message from Chris Miller, Class President '69
In memory of
Departed Classmates from the class of 1969
The following classmates from Sullins Class of 1969 have departed from this life:
Susan Lynne (Boone) Piser, 2001
Jane Fagan Cartwright, 2007
Carol Jean Elmore, 1974
Suzan Elizabeth (Eure) Meushaw, 2000
Mary (Hauser) Skinner, 2008
Christine Rhyne Hoffman, 1993
Anne Elizabeth Leake, 1988
Helen B Meikle, 1999
Bromley Anne Shuett
Jeanne ("Cissy") Lynn (Stoll ), 2006
Susanna Virginia (Temple) Stiles, 2005
Kathleen Rae Vogt
Ann Marshall (1990s)
As I look at their young, smiling faces in the "Sampler" Yearbook, I am reminded of the innocence, energy, and faith in our future we all had as students at Sullins. Those 2 years brought us together with girls from diverse parts of the country, with various interests, and equally diverse personalities. The experiences we shared together shaped our lives. While we were making so many wonderful memories at Sullins, a whole world of hopes and dreams awaited us.
It’s so very sad to think (especially with the anticipation and excitement of the coming reunion) that there are many from our class, and other classes, that we will never have the chance to reconnect with. . . . at least in this world. I can’t help but wonder what their lives were like after they left Sullins, and deeply regret that I will never be able to ask them about it.
On behalf of our class, I extend our heartfelt, sincere sympathy to their families, and to their Sullins friends who roomed with them, learned with them, laughed with them, and grew with them.
May God grant them eternal peace, and comfort those who grieve their loss.
Christina Miller Ernst
Class of ‘69
Deborah White Westmoreland
APRIL 07, 2013 -- Deborah Anne White Westmoreland, 63, passed away April 7, 2013, at home. She was born in Charleston in 1950 to the late Robert C. and Lila Lee Loveall White. After graduating from Stonewall Jackson High School in 1968, she attended Sullins College in Bristol, Va. She later received her degree in elementary education from Morris Harvey College and taught at The River School in Charleston. After moving to Florida, Debbie received her law degree from Stetson University and practiced law in Florida before returning home to West Virginia in 1995. Then happily retired, she pursued art and travel and lived life to its joyful fullest.
Debbie is survived by her daughter, Kristen Elizabeth Heberlein and husband, Keith, and her treasured grandson, Jude Aiden Heberlein, age 10, all of Boston, Mass. She is also survived by her sister, Melinda Crislip and husband, Steve; brother, Bobby White and wife, Donna; and nephews, Brooks Crislip, Seth Crislip and Adam White, and niece, Erica White.
She would be happy for it to be said that she is also survived by her dearest friends, some near, some far, all who will hold her in their hearts and memories and honor her by carrying on with her same zest for life.
I'm saddened to learn about Gale's passing at a time that I'm so excited about the upcoming reunion. I was just recently looking at my Sampler, and saw Gale's cute smile on her freshman picture. I have fond memories of her at Sullins, and extend my deepest sympathy to her loved ones. Chris Miller Ernst ('69)
From Sally Reed Barclay on February 22nd, 2014
I even remember seeing Gale posing at the chicken coop jump you see in the class photo displayed on this website. Seems like it was only yesterday. We were all friends. How difficult it is as we continue on our personal journey through life's chapters.
Jane died peacefully at home in Haiku, Maui, Saturday before last. She had returned to Hawaii from New Orleans after Katrina - having lived over there and in California for many years prior. She used to have a frame shop in Hawaii. She returned to New Orleans several years back and got into interior design - ran a wonderful shop for her mom, later took on her own shop in New Orleans.. then moved across the lake and opened on the northshore. She had a wonderful love of nature that was reflected in the homes she did... her final shop in Hawaii was called "Natural Home", and everybody loved it. She had to close when she became ill, and a wide circle of friends took care of her - most especially her wonderful boyfriend, Colan Preston. He's from Scotland but lived in Hawaii for 30 years. They were together 6 months before Jane bacame ill, and he stayed with her and cared for her so lovingly for her remaining eight months of life. Her tumor was deep in her brain and malignant, so there was not much hope from the beginning. Jane remained upbeat and positive, and thankfully, she was spared from much physical suffering other than the chemo treatments.
Jane was cremated, and Colan and paddlers went out on a cloudy and blustery day in an outrigger and scattered her ashes in the ocean. Her sister said the sun came out for about five minutes just afterwards. No surprise there. She will be dearly missed but remembered all around us in nature.
Love to all, Ginger
Jane Bremermann Randle
RANDLE A Memorial Service will be held in memory of Jane Bremermann Randle, a native of New Orleans, LA and resident of Maui, Hawaii, on Tuesday, March 30, 2010. Visitation from 12:00 NOON at the Chalstrom Parish House, 1031 S. Carrollton Ave., followed, at 1:00 PM, by a service at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 1101 S. Carrollton Ave. Memorials to St. Andrews Episcopal Church. Jane, born on May 10, 1950, is survived by her son, Ainsley Randle. Jane is the beloved daughter of Gerrie and Tom Bremermann, sister of Ann Holden (husband August Leopold), and sister of Kim Bremermann. Jane leaves behind her beloved partner in life, Colan Preston. Jane attended St. Martin's Episcopal School and Sullins College. Embraced by all of nature's wonders, Jane found her true spirit on the ocean and on the beaches of Maui. Her ties to New Orleans brought her back to the city from time to time, but the peaceful paradise of Hawaii is what she called home. Jane will be best remembered for her boutique shops in both New Orleans and Hawaii, where she expressed her unique flair and artistic talents. The family suggests that contributions be made to Barrow Neurological Institute (BMI)/Barrow Foundation Brain Tumor Research, 350 West Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85013. www.supportbarrow.org/index.htm
Published in The Times-Picayune from March 28 to March 29, 2010
Jane was my first roomate at Sullins. We were in a room designed to be a single. Jane was from New Orleans and I thought she was so sophisticated. Learned to drink chicory (yuk). Ginger Nelson reminded me that Jane and I purchased a Jack LaLane Bust Enhancer. You can see it on the bed in one of the pictures. We had such fun decorating our room with red curtains, rugs and leopard bedspreads. Then we bought underwear to match the bedspreads.
Kathleen Ringwald Duggan, age 83, of the Atlanta, DeKalb County area, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, May 13, 2013, at Hospice Atlanta after complications from a hip fracture.
She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 58 1/2 years, Robert “Bob” Stone Duggan, Jr.; her five children, Robert “Robin” S. (Bonnie) Duggan, III, Christopher P. (Beth) Duggan, Kathleen Elizabeth “Betsy” Duggan Johnson, Timothy B. (Terry) Duggan and Heather Ann Duggan; her ten grandchildren, Katie (Cameron) Clark, Mary Kathleen (Mark) Wood, Christopher Duggan, Natalie Duggan, Glenn and Robert Johnson, Allison Clements, Benjy Duggan, Caroline Clements, and Suzy Duggan; her two great granddaughters, Turner and Margaret Clark. Her sister Betty Barnes, her brother-in-law and sister-in-law Ben and Pat Duggan, many other cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews and a host of many friends. She was predeceased by her parents Mary Ringwald and Henry Ringwald, her sister-in-law and brother-in-law Adena and William Hitch, her brother-in-law Dickie Barnes and her granddaughter Amanda Hope Duggan.
Kathleen Duggan was born on December 7, 1929, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee to Mary Parks Ringwald and Henry Augustus Ringwald. She graduated from the historic Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, AR (living with her aunt Mother Day and Unckie after her high school had burned down in Murfreesboro) and received her A. A. degree from Sullins College in 1949 and a B.A. degree in Teaching from George Peabody College, now part of Vanderbilt University in 1951. She began her teaching career in Waynesboro, GA where she befriended Adena Duggan. Adena’s brother Bob Duggan visited his sister during his naval service and met Kathleen. They married at 1st Presbyterian Church of Atlanta on November 20, 1954. She taught in Decatur until she began motherhood. Kathleen was an active member of 1st Presbyterian Church, serving as an Elder from 1977-1988, and a founding member of the International Sunday School Class. She was an avid gardener and loved all flowers and plants. She was very active in the Mason Woods Garden Club. She was very artistic and creative and enjoyed painting, embroidering (particularly crewel embroidery), quilting, sewing, and anything crafty. She was an avid animal lover of ALL creatures, especially cats. She loved color and was always “well put together” in her clothing and appearance. She was a very LOVING wife, sister, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and treated everyone she encountered in a very welcoming and loving manner. Many consider her their second mom. Kathleen loved to travel and she and Bob traveled to countless world destinations, including the USSR in the early 70’s where they lunched with the future Russian Pope Aleksej I. In 1977, Kathleen, with much of her family, participated in the first Friendship Force exchange with Newcastle, England. 1996 brought them to tour the Holy Land. In 1997, she with her husband took their last trip with the Friendship Force, a once in a lifetime trip AROUND the world! She was frequently opening her home to internationals visiting Atlanta especially and enjoyed showing her hospitality. Her love of beauty, music, family and friends, the earth and God, and the Atlanta Braves made her an irresistible and enjoyable companion. Kathleen and Bob moved to Park Springs retirement community in early 2009 after residing on Mason Woods Drive for 50 years.
A Memorial Service Celebrating the Life of Kathleen R. Duggan was held May 20, 2013, at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, with Pastors Chris Moore-Keish and Fahed AbuAkel officiating. Mrs. Duggan was laid to rest on that morning at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, GA. For those desiring, the family has requested that donations be made to AMIS (Atlanta Ministry with International Students), 3434 Roswell Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30305-1202, amis-inc.org in memory of Mrs. Kathleen R. Duggan.
When I think of my roommate Beverly, I remember a young lady from Berea, KY who had been brought up in a Southern home and taught all of the proper social graces.The poor girl was rooming with a Yankee who I’m sure she thought lacked many of these things!Beverly was taught to always look your best when you go out.She would get up two hours before breakfast to make sure her hair was in a perfect flip, her makeup perfect and then don her Villager outfit and Bass Weejuns.She always looked perfect. Well, that is, except the time or two during our second year that she went to class with her pant legs rolled up and her raincoat on over her pajamas.
Beverly and I shared one thing in common, our love of music.We sang in the choir both years.She was the secretary of the Sophomore Class.We didn’t always get along because we were so different, but we learned how to be good roommates and tolerate each other’s differences.Her best friends at Sullins were Linda Farrall and Nancy Spring.
Her note to me in the yearbook tells a lot about the person she was:
“It sure has been a while since we first met, almost 2 years. Remember when my dad kidded you and tried to keep us both from cryin’ when everyone left.No doubt he’ll be tryin’ to keep us from cryin’ at the end of the year too!We’ve been thru some good times, bad times, rough and smooth times.We’ve learned together while livin’ together. Roommates are rough people to be and I’ll be the first to admit that I’m still not a good one, but you did a great job.Always there, understanding, willing, friendly, happy- a real joy, a true friend, and the best of roommates.Sullins was part of our most important years and I gained so much from it. The main thing being; the warmth, love, and friendship of a wonderful roommate. “
Beverly was a beautiful person inside and out.
I left Sullins and lost contact with everyone. A wedding invitation came, but was forwarded and arrived too late to attend. Years later when I married Mark and came often to visit his family in Blacksburg, I planned to find Beverly who’s family now lived just an hour away in Lewisburg, WV.I called and shortly afterwards her mother returned my call and shared the sad news.I was devastated.Beverly had gone into the hospital with a cold like virus and died the next day. Cause unknown.She left behind a husband, Paul K Moran, and two daughters.In her honor, her father named a coal company Princess Beverly Coal Co. and set up a Beverly Hamilton Moran Scholarship Fund at Berea School Board.
IRVIN - Clare Marie, of Greelawn, NY suddenly on January 5th, 2010. Beloved wife of Charles. Loving mother of Christina(Cesar) Carrion, Michelle (Paul) Marrero, Nicole Irvin, Suzanne (William) Sjem and Timothy Irvin. Devoted sister of Carol (Al) O'Donnell, Anne (Tomie) Baker and the late Lee Keuerleber. Cherished grandmother of Carley, Alexander, Jordan,MacKenzie, Julianna, Olivia, James and Ethan. Clare is predeceased by her parents Edward and Viola Keuerleber. Visitation Friday 2-5 and 7-9pm at the A. L. Jacobsen Funeral Home Inc. 1380 New York Ave. Huntington Station. Mass of Christian Burial 9:30am Saturday at St. Hugh of Lincoln R.C. Church. Burial St. Patrick Cemetery, Huntington. www.jacobsenfuneral.com
All of us at Sullins College who were privileged to know Marsha realize the great loss this is for all who loved her and for all those whose lives she touched and for the world she tried to help improve.
Besides her warm smile, her very caring way -- one of the other memories I have of Marsha is of her being my Biology lab partner. We laughed alot during lab and she couldn't even pith a frog -- but then neither could I! She didn't care if the professor would flunk her for it -- it was just too inhumane. We were the only team that the instructor had to do it for us!
Marsha was one of a kind -- and even though I haven't seen or talked to her in more than 40 years -- today is a very sad day learning the news of her struggle with breast cancer and her passing.
Angels do walk the earth -- Marsha was one of them!
Marsha Moritz, loving wife, adoring mother, faithful friend, long-time Boulder community volunteer and an unrelenting advocate for those in need in our community, passed on peacefully and surrounded by love from her family at home from breast cancer on September 23, 2010.
Marsha’s perpetual optimistic spirit was contagious and a source of strength and encouragement to all who came in contact with her. In recognition of her tireless volunteer efforts to our community, Marsha was honored as a Boulder Pacesetter in February 2010. Her category was “Quality of Life,” most appropriate. It was said at that ceremony that “Marsha chose to take the extra step, and take the extra time to reach out and help people.”
Marsha’s contributions to local non-profits included Safe House, The Childrens Museum, and most recently, the BVSD School Lunch Program and PEN, The Parent Engagement Network. PEN’s mission, as was Marsha’s, is to focus on providing school age parents with information, assistance and resources regarding the health and wellness of their children.
Linda Marsha Moritz was born December 21, 1949. She graduated from George Washington University in 1972. In 1977, she and John married and have lived in Boulder since then.
She is survived by her husband, John, her two favortite boys, Nicholas and Zachary, her parents, Jean and Tuck Huey, her brothers, Mark and Doug, daughter-in-law, Gloria Pohl Moritz, and granddaughter, Xenia, nieces Danielle, Marielle, McCall, Dylan, Jane, Maggie and nephew John.
One of Marsha’s last wishes for all her family and friends is summed up as follows: “In the end people will not remember what you said or even what you did, but how you made them feel.” Marsha had a way and an attitude that made everyone feel included and comfortable, Those blessed with her friendship or acquaintance will miss her radiant smile and the tender mercies of her heart!
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on September 29th at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1419 Pine Street, Boulder. All remembrances should be addressed to The Parent Engagement Network, c/o Impact on Education, 75 Manhattan Circle, Boulder, CO, 80301.
From the day Tina hit campus 4th floor Reynolds was never the same. Tina could turn the biggest nightmares into something funny and get everyone laughing. She was always fun to be around and a great friend. You are missed Tina!
seeking information about the death of Susan, my ex-wife of over 25 years ago. As a tribute I will mention her pride of having attended Sullins,as She often spoke of her classmates from that era. She was a special person, not forgotten. email@example.com
Susie, as we all knew her, died unexpectedly from complications after undergoing surgery. She was a Cotton Picker and graduated from Sullins in 1970. As we learn more of the details, we'll share them with you. Susie will long be remembered as one of the Members of the 5th Floor Reynolds Crowd -- and is already missed.
RHODES, Susan Owen, 61, of Richmond, Va., went to be with the Lord on November 15, 2010. Born in Salem, Va., to the late R. Elwood Owen and Margaret Brice Owen, she is survived by her husband of 26 years, Michael Wingate Rhodes; stepchildren, Michael, Jason and Heather Rhodes. She is also survived by her brother, Robert E. Owen Jr., his wife, Ann, and their children, Rob and Laura; two aunts, Nancy Turner and Jean Mayhew; many wonderful cousins, especially Donna Weed and her husband, Tom, Kris Drummond and her husband, Jerry, and Karen Mayhew. Susan was a professional buyer and buyer manager for Vepco and MCV Hospital. She is a longtime, active member of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, having served on the church vestry, alter guild, usher guild, and others. Susan had a strong affection for all animals especially pets or any of God's creatures facing abuse. The family will receive friends Thursday (today), November 18, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Parham Chapel of Woody Funeral Home, 1771 N. Parham Road, Richmond, Va. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 19, 2010, at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 1101 Forest Avenue, Richmond, Va. 23229. Interment to follow at Westhampton Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to CARE-Cat Adoption Rescue Effort, P.O. Box 2934, Richmond, Va. 23228. Condolences may be made at woodyfuneralhomeparham.com.
Lee Van Slyke Spencer, passed away suddenly on Friday morning, December 18, 2009, in Tampa.
Lee was born February 8, 1951, in Garden City, N.Y. Born a free-climbing tomboy, grown to a beautiful woman, she was always a passionate friend and a lover of animals of all kinds. Lee leaves many friends in her absence. She also supported her cause of organ donation by successfully donating her organs to help extend the lives of three recipients in three states. There will be a service for her at 2 p.m. Monday, December 21, at Vinson Funeral Home in Tarpon Springs, Fla. Her burial will be Wednesday, December 23, at Mountain View Cemetery in Bristol, Va.
Being swept up in a Lee Van Slyke adventure was an experience of a lifetime! Her beautiful smile,her outrageous humor and her endless talent will surely be remembered forever by those who had the good fortune to have known her. A rare bird, indeed.
From Lora Lynn Jones on March 5th, 2010
Lee Van Slyke was one of those rare individuals placed here on earth to inspire us all to be our best while still having fun. I was privileged enough to be one of Lee’s friends.
Lee had a spirit that soared. I got to know Lee through Cotton Pickers. Needless to say, there was never a dull moment when the group performed. Many adventures, many funny, happy memories. No one will ever forget the 5th floor Reynolds parties or the rating of dates from the Reynolds balcony and our many grilling dinner parties.
I was shocked at Lee’s passing and am still deeply saddened. I had been in communication with Lee just 2 weeks prior and Lee was very excited about the upcoming 2010 Centennial Sullins Reunion.
Lee will always be alive because as long as we remember – she is still here with us! Lee left a huge mark on this world – and an even bigger mark on all the hearts of those of us who loved her. We miss you my friend.
Terri was my roommate our sophomore year and I couldn't have asked for better. She was a kind, warm, generous, giving and funny person. I was fortunate to have kept up with her for some years following graduation from Sullins and saw her twice...once in Knoxville on the way to visit Sullins with my soon to be husband and then again ,when she came to Houston to visit her sister. I got to meet her girls and she met my daughter. I was so saddened to learn of her passing. I thought of her often over the years and even more now. I know I miss her and know that those who knew her miss her too.