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Blanche Kaigler Thornton Newell


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Blanche Kaigler Thornton Newell Obituary
Blanche Kaigler Thornton Newell

Virginia Beach - Blanche Kaigler Thornton Newell of Virginia Beach, VA, born on Flag Day June 14, 1936, died on Bastille Day, July 14, 2014 after a brief illness. She was preceded in death by her mother and father Blanche and Robert James Thornton, Sr. of Richmond, VA. Kaigler worked as an administrator for Lamar High School in Houston, TX. until 1986 and then at Cape Henry Collegiate School in Virginia Beach for close to twenty years, retiring in 2007. From an early age Kaigler was the "ringleader" for all things fun and had countless friends and family that stretched from Rocky Mount, NC, Richmond, Houston, Virginia Beach to New York. Kaigler's great loves were her children and grandchildren whom she adored without limit. She leaves behind her loving daughter Liza Newell Near, son-in-law John Williams Near and their children Raleigh Kaigler Near, John Williams Near (Jack), Jr., and Colby Chapman Heyl Near; her loving son Whipple Spaulding Newell III, daughter-in-law Keelin Nelson Newell and their children Finlay Florence Newell and Whipple Spaulding Newell, IV; and her brother Robert James Thornton, Jr., sister-in-law Ann Thornton and their children William Thornton, Philip and Sarah Thornton, and James and Ginger Thornton. "Sweet are the Memories that never fade"

A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at First Presbyterian Church of Virginia Beach, 300 36th Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23451. While flowers were especially meaningful to our mother, the Church was a constant source of connection and joy in her life. In lieu of flowers, we hope you will consider a contribution to the church in her memory. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Laskin Road Chapel are handling arrangements. hdoliver.com
Published in The Virginian Pilot on July 17, 2014
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