Helen Pearl Vick Rawles
1930 - 2013
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NEWPORT NEWS - Helen Pearl Vick Rawles, age 83, went to be with her Lord and Savior Friday, February 8, 2013. Helen was the daughter of the late Pervis and Linda Vick and was a native and lifelong Newport News resident. She was a member of Riverside Baptist Church and graduated Class of 1947 Newport News High School. Helen was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She worked for the J C Penny Co. for 13 years. Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 60 years, James Thomas Rawles, two sons, Mark Rawles (Mary Jo) and Neil Rawles (Constance) all of Newport News, two daughters, Jamie Smith (Leland) of Chesapeake, Joyce Stowell (Craig/ Fiancé)of Newport News, 5 grandchildren, Emily, Corrie, Marty, Alison, Brandy and 6 great-grandchildren, Ana, Gabriel, Liam, Lexi, Rowan and Trystyn. The family will receive friends at the W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home on Saturday, February 16, 2013 from 1 to 2 PM and then follow in procession to the Peninsula Memorial Park Cemetery where a graveside service celebrating Helen's kindness and passion for life will be held at 2:30 PM with Randy McCollum officiating. Please leave condolences at wjsmithandsonfh.com. Arrangements by W.J. Smith & Son Funeral Home.

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Published in Daily Press on Feb. 13, 2013.
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March 15, 2013
This is the last day I can write you a message. We are still missing you especially Dad. I see now it's going to take a while to mend, but we will be O.K. I hope you're watching us from Heaven and I hope you have found a new world of love & peace and renewed relationships with the ones you loved that passed before you. You will always be in my heart and soul forever & ever... I'll see you later.


Your Daughter-Joyce
March 2, 2013
Went to bequia moms request me and constance had agreat time a message in a bottle went into the sea with memory of mom love for life drifted away
your son neil
February 20, 2013
I will miss my friend and neighbor. Watching her walk her beloved Hedi,or Hedi walking her.She was a Angel on earth,I know she will be a Angel in Heaven.
Faye and Lee Ellis
February 15, 2013
thanks to all who has helped ,gave hope ,special thanks to hospice ,my mother was a strong and spiritual person
February 14, 2013
She was my best friend here. We will all miss her happy way.
February 14, 2013
Dear Jimmie, Mark, Neil, Jamie and Joyce,
You are in my thoughts and prayers. I know how hard these times are, just remember all the loving memories of Auntie Helen and know that she is no longer suffering. I'm sure she and Mom are probably laughing together in heaven right now. Love to all of you.
Jeanne Claire
February 13, 2013
jumping off of a ladder with makeshift cardboard wings; sewing tiny clothes for my lifelong companion Lyee (my well-worn stuffed lion); a cold can of Pepsi with a straw and Campbell's chicken noodle soup every time I felt bad (it helped); secretly staying up past bedtime, watching night time talk shows and you petting my hair until I fell asleep. I love you and you've taken such great care of all of us, I hope you are resting peacefully now.
Corrie Milne
February 13, 2013
Mark and Neil, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
Ashley Routten
February 13, 2013
Sincere condolences to Helen's family. She and I were schoolmates from the First Grade at Stonewall Jackson School through Newport News High School - 11 years, and celebrated our 50th NNHS Reunion in 1997.
Edward Peeples
February 13, 2013
I'm very sorry for your loss. I'm glad to have been a small part of Grandma Helen's life, we have shared some good times, I'll remember always.
Melissa Haynes
February 13, 2013
We love you.
alison milne
February 13, 2013
My "Little Bird", you have flown home. My grandmother was always so loving, selfless, nuturing, and strong. She was dealt some hard cards in life and she always held her head high and smiled. I love you so much grandma and we are going to miss you, but I know you'll always be here with us. I hope I'm atleast half the woman you are. I love you so much Baby Bird, may you rest in peace. -Alison, Nathan, Ana, Gabriel, and Liam
February 13, 2013
Jimmy, Mark, Neil, Jamie, Joyce: So sorry for your loss. She was a special lady, friend and neighbor, and her laugh could light up your day. Blessing to all of you! Helen Highsmith
February 13, 2013
Each day I wake with tears in hope it will heal my broken heart, love you mom
Neil Rawles
February 13, 2013
each day I wake with tears hope they will heal my broken heart, love you mom
February 13, 2013
Mommy, I miss you so much. I will keep you close to my heart forever. Thank you for making me who I am. I will remember you smile, laughter, singing and your love for life always. I love you. Your my Angel.
February 13, 2013
Jamie - Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Find comfort in knowing that your mom is at peace and will be with you always.
Barbara Parker
February 13, 2013
We will always remember Helen as a friend and "fellow" traveler.
A great loss for all that knew her.
Paul & Esteva Swyer
February 13, 2013
You all have been in our thoughts these past weeks, Carol and I are so greatful that we had the opportunity to meet sweet Helen.
~With love and support, Carol Ide and Cyndy Strittmatter
Cyndy & Carol Strittmatter/Ide
February 13, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family thru the difficult times. God bless you all.
Diane Repass
February 13, 2013
Jamie & Joyce I'm so sorry to hear about your mom.You know if you need anything I'm here for you. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Jenny Purdie
February 13, 2013
The things I remember about Helen when Neil and I were young was that she was sassy and funny. She sure kept Neil in line. She was a great lady and will be missed.
David Walden
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