Mabel Lawrence Nicosia
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PORTSMOUTH - Mabel Lawrence Nicosia, 66, a resident of Portsmouth and Poquoson, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and loving husband and best friend of 30 years on Wednesday, September 19, 2013 at Riverside Hospital. She is survived by her daughter, Robin Hassler & husband, Todd; grandson Bobby Boes, Jr.; great niece Mary Jane Nicosia; golden companion, Ginger, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces , nephews and many friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, David Ernest Nicosia, parents J. Moreland & Miriam E. Lawrence. Mabel graduated from Wilson High School, Medical College of Virginia with two degrees in Psychiatric Nursing followed by a Master degree from Hampton University. Mabel retired from the Virginia Department of Health. A Celebration of Mabel's life will be held at 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday September 25, 2013 in H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Rd Chapel in Virginia Beach. The family will receive friends starting one hour prior at 6:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Southeastern Virginia Beach Golden Retriever Rescue Education Training, Inc. (Mabel was an active member), P.O. Box 8014, Yorktown, VA, 23693. Online condolences can be made to the family at

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Published in Daily Press from Sep. 22 to Sep. 24, 2013.
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September 27, 2013
Mabel, enjoy running around in heaven with your husband and retrievers!! I had more fun with you when we were together at the Department of Mental Health. It was never the same after you and our buddy Ralph left. Peace my dear friend, love Tammy Trestrail
September 27, 2013
Dear Mabel, you and I were best friends since we were six years old. We kept in contact through all of those years sharing good times and not so good times. We were sisters to each other and had our daughters six months apart just like the age difference between us. My heart is broken just knowing you are no longer here on earth but I know you are with the angels in heaven. Rest in Peace dear friend and we will see each other again one day. With love, Karen Pitchford Trimyer
September 25, 2013
Tommy and Woodie Morgan
September 25, 2013
I was Mabel's hygienist for many years. We shared many stories about our animal adventures, experiences, losses and loves. I truly loved Mabel and will miss her greatly. I'm sure we'll meet again in heaven with all our four legged friends that we love so much! My sincerest condolences to her family. Morgan Duncan, R.D.H.
Morgan Duncan
September 25, 2013
I only met Mabel once when she came into my shop in Gloucester...but we seemed like kindred souls and had exchanged contact info for a future get together. What a great lady she was and I'm very sorry to hear of her passing. She will be missed by many and is surely among the saints in heaven giving glory to God.
Jean Rinck
September 24, 2013
I was so sorry to hear of Mabel's death.My family remembers such good times in Salvo. My prayers to you Robin and your family.
Wilma McCutcheon
September 23, 2013
Mabel will always be remembered for her wonderful smile. I am sure she is in charge of smiles in heaven today.
Terry Evans knight
September 23, 2013
Mabel will always be that precious cheerleader with gorgeous ponytail, smiling and being so kind and cheerful. I had lost track of her, but from what I've read she remained a wonderful, smart, caring girl.
Ruthie Gilmore
September 22, 2013
I also lived close to Mabel in West Park View. We were friends in elementary school. I haven't seen her in years but remember her none the less. She was certainly a sweet person then and I am sure never changed.
Janet Garland Lamb
September 22, 2013
Mabel was one of those people with a glowing smile that you always remember. I can see her sitting in class with her head tilted, looking over her shoulder with a beautiful grin on her face.
May your warm memories keep your mom close to you till you meet again.
With deepest sympathy.
Sharon McCormick
WWHS Class of '64
September 22, 2013
I went to WWHS with Mabel. She was always smiling and such a sweet person.
Kathy Goodridge (Phelps)
September 22, 2013
Mable lived a block away from my house in West Park View. Mable and I walked all over West Park View together. She was a very sweet girl and happy and cheerful. I am so sad to hear that she has passed away.
Linda Martin
September 22, 2013
Mable - you will be missed wonderful lady. Great times together in Salvo,NC
The Bledsoe's
September 22, 2013
I offer my condolences to the Nicosia Family at this time of your loss. May Peace be with you. I have many fond memories of Mabel from our high school days.
Gabbo Galbreath
September 22, 2013
Fondly remembered ...
Your friend and classmate
WWHS Class of '64
Woodie Motley Morgan
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