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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

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Published in Daily Press from Apr. 15 to Apr. 16, 2012.
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April 19, 2012
Dear Cindy, Katy & Family,
My heart hurts for you in the loss of your mother & grandmother. Your family is in my thoughts & prayers. Call anytime & let me know how I can be of help, even if it is just to talk. You know I love you & your family.
Love, Sheree
Sheree Morgan
April 17, 2012
Chuck, Cindy and Annette, I have a lifetime of memories of your mom and I will never forget her. She was one of our "moms" on Edgewood and did her part to keep us all in line. She had an amazing laugh and huge smile, tons of remarkable stories and interests. I'm so glad I got to visit with her last week. I'm so sorry for the loss of her and if you need anything, I'm here.
Vicki Linkous Sterling
April 16, 2012
Dear Cindy and family of Joan Somervill,
Hampton Roads Bird Club members extend our sympathy to you for your loss.
Dot Silsby remembers your mom very well.
She was an avid birder and club president.
Sincerely, Mary Copeland
and friends at Hampton Roads Bird Club.
Mary Copeland
April 15, 2012
Good-bye Grandma Jo.
Victoria, David Jr, Morgan Samantha Modlin
April 15, 2012
from the Woodard family UR in my prayers. Kathy, Lucy, Katrina , and Maggie. Lots of love Kathy.
Kathy Woodard
April 15, 2012
To all the family: We send love to you. Wayne and I have such fond memories of you, and, especially of growing up, along with you "kids," on Edgewood Drive. 'Joan' was a very special lady!
Margaret & Wayne Altman
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