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Sadie Ray Moore Verser

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Sadie Ray Moore Verser Obituary
Sadie Ray Moore Verser passed into Heaven on May 2, 2018, as a result of living life to its fullest reaching the age of 97. Sadie was one of five children, born in 1920 to Nathan Whitfield Moore and Mattie Owens Doulin Moore, in her old home place on Pumpkin Hill in Northumberland County, Virginia. She was predeceased by her husband William Howard "Bill" Verser; sons, William Howard "Billy" Verser, Jr. and Ray Wingo Verser; brother Nathan Whitfield Moore; and sisters Mattie Virginia Moore Randall and Alice Katharine (Kitty) Moore Stutz. Survivors include her younger sister, Bertie Owens Rowlett (Ed); son Billy's wife Carlene Savege Verser; sons Robert Scott Verser (Nancy); Ray's wife Debra Verser Akins (Stan); son David Whitfield Verser (Cindi); and daughter Julianna "Julia" Verser Bachmann (Steve). Grandchildren were a huge part of Mom's life, and they include: Joseph Verser (Jill), Mary Verser Whitener (Mark), Kathy Savege Andrews (Rob), Robin Leigh Kempf (Erik), Lauren Verser Brown (Justin), Jason Verser, Whit Verser (Marijke), Nathan Verser (Samantha), Daniel Bachmann, Jacob Bachmann and William Bachmann. Six great-grandchildren also survive: Bowen, Audrey, and Sadie Ray Verser; Luke Whitener; J.R. Andrews; Aaron, Zachary and Leigha Kempf; Kate Ray Marks; Evan and Annabelle Verser; Landon, Carlie and Jaxson Verser. Ray was raised without electricity in rural Northern Neck, Virginia. She put herself through nursing school with profits from the hard crabs and bounty she gathered from the Great Wicomico River. After moving to Poquoson in 1954, she loved walking the shallows of Griffin's Beach and bringing home soft crabs for supper. The holiday table held rounded platters of Poquoson seafood feeding family and friends. Occasionally hard crabs would jump out of her steam pot onto the kitchen floor and she amused the grandchildren that she cherished by battling the crabs back into the pot! At 22 she graduated as a Registered Nurse from Saint Elizabeth's Hospital in Richmond in 1942. She married the same year and moved to Newport News where she worked at Riverside Hospital and in private duty for individual families until in 1972 when her career merged with the Poquoson School System and she became the school nurse. She loved her own family, but she felt that all of Poquoson became her family when she assumed the coveted role of school nurse. We will remember her fondly, confident that she is with the Lord she loved, and we will live our best lives to make her proud. A visitation for family and friends will be held May 4, 4pm-7pm at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson. A Celebration of Mama Ray's life will be held at Tabernacle United Methodist Church, Poquoson, May 5, 2pm led by Rev. James N. Earley followed by a private burial in Roseland Cemetery, Northumberland County, Virginia. Memorial contributions may be made to the Poquoson Education Foundation, P. O. Box 2425, Poquoson, VA 23662. Online condolences to claytorrollins.com .
Published in Daily Press from May 3 to May 5, 2018
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