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NEWPORT NEWS - Joan Wood Somervill, 84, died Wednesday, April 11, 2012.
She was a native of Fayette Co., W.Va., and grew up in Hawk's Nest Dam, W.Va. She was a graduate of West Virginia Institute of Technology and moved to the Peninsula in 1949. She was a former teacher with the NNPS System and the secretary at St. Mark's Episcopal Church for many years. Later she was a bookkeeper for several local businesses. She was an avid bird watcher and past President of The Hampton Roads Bird Club and active in the Democratic Party.
Ms. Somervill was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin Henry Wood and Mary Cathleen Painter Wood; and her son, Steven Somervill (Connie Somervill Blevins, surviving).
She is survived by her children, Charles F. Somervill (Barbara), Cynthia S. Modlin, and Annette S. Taylor (Joseph); her sister, Virginia Bennett; her niece, Karen Bennett Woodard and nephew, John Bennett; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to all the Angels at Riverside 5 West and Hospice.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 16, 2012, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church by the Rev. Canon Irwin Lewis. Interment will be private at a later date. The family will receive friends following the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Newport News Park Trail Program/In Memory of Joan Somervill, 13560 Jefferson Ave., Newport News, VA 23603.
Arrangements by Weymouth Funeral Home. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published in Daily Press from Apr. 15 to Apr. 16, 2012
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