NEWPORT NEWS - HAUSER, Cecelia Inglis Darracott, of Newport News, died on January 14, 2013. She was born in Petersburg, Virginia on December 5, 1925, and lived in Colonial Heights for most of her childhood. Cecelia was the daughter of the late Charles Risdon Darracott, Sr. and Katherine Boisseau Cousins Darracott. Cecelia's father died when she was eleven years old, so her oldest brother, Charlie took on the responsibility of providing for the family and found employment with the Newport News Shipyard. The Darracott family moved from Colonial Heights to Newport News, where Cecelia attended Newport News High School and graduated on February 4, 1943. She married Alfred W. Hauser in 1944 and their children, Lee and Janet were born and raised in Newport News. Cecelia was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, and for many years, she worked in the family jewelry business in customer service and bookkeeping. In the early 1970's she was hired by the City of Newport News, Water Works Commission where she was promoted to Head Cashier, before retiring. Cecelia was an avid reader of mystery novels. She also loved music, especially classical, including composers Bach and Handel although Handel's Messiah was her favorite. She also had a love and compassion for animals that she affectionately called 'critters', but the greatest joy and love of her life, were her children and grandchildren. She had a wonderful sense of humor, and she will always be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother. Cecelia was preceded in death by her brothers, Charles Risdon Darracott, Jr. and Dabney Cousins Darracott. She is survived by her son, Lee Warren Hauser and his wife Vicki Miles Hauser of Williamsburg; one daughter, Janet Page Hauser, of Richmond; five grandchildren - Amy Hart, of Williamsburg, Matthew Hauser of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Lindsay Schwarz of Austin, Texas, Brandon Slazyk of Richmond, and Ashley Petet of Richmond. Cecelia is also survived by 6 great grandchildren, one of which is her namesake. The family would like to express their gratitude to the loving caregivers at Morningside Assisted Living of Williamsburg. Cecelia was a breast cancer survivor. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the American Cancer Society
, the Alzheimer's Association
of Virginia, or the SPCA of Newport News or Richmond, Virginia. A celebration of Cecelia's life will be held for immediate family members in a private ceremony. At her request, Cecelia's children will spread her ashes over the Appomattox River, in Colonial Heights, Virginia.