Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham County

Nancy M. Lawrence

Nancy May Lawrence, 86, of Mount Olivet Church Road in Elkton, died Sunday, April 2, 2017, at University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville.

Mrs. Lawrence was born Oct. 25, 1930, to parents Roger Dunham Powers and Grace Irene Griswold Powers in Long Island City Queens.

She shares her birthday with her father. They lived in Jackson Heights, Queens.

They shortly moved to Westfield, N.J. in 1932. They moved to Hempstead Long Island in 1938, just in time for the Great New England Hurricane. The family moved to Great Neck, N.J. in 1941.

She had vivid memories of where she heard about the attack on Pearl Harbor. She also has fond memories of working as an air raid monitor at school and playing with her newfound refugee friends.

Nancy learned to sew about this time and began making her own dresses, a practice she kept throughout her life. She was also fascinated with building projects on the way to and from school, sometimes collecting leftover wood pieces.

Nancy started regularly attending Sunday School at the Christian Science church and continued to serve the church membership wherever she was a member by teaching Sunday School, working on various committees and serving as a 1st Reader or 2nd Reader several times.

In 1943, her family then moved to Silver Spring, Md., where they remained for many years. There, she attended Tacoma Park Junior High and later attended Coolidge High School, in the District, which was better suited for college- bound students.

She loved to babysit, especially one particular family that had a good collection of jazz and classical music, a joy she would cherish throughout her life and impart to her children.

During high school, she was a writer and editor for the school newspaper. She attended Syracuse University, enrolling in liberal arts. But, for her second year, she applied and was accepted to the interior design program with their Department of Visual and Performing Arts, which was one of the few in the nation at that time.

She was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta and acted as social chairman for the house. After missing a semester, Nancy graduated with honors in 1953. She recalls her favorite classes were in design, but especially mechanical engineering, where she was the only woman in the class.

During summers and after graduation she worked at Upholstery Fabrics. Her favorite job at The Glass House followed. They dealt in modern glass, furniture and design/planning.

In the summer of 1952, Nancy and a friend attended an outdoor ballet performance that was rained out during the second act. On the way out, she met her future husband, Alfred F. Lawrence Jr., a recent graduate of West Point Academy (’52) and stationed at Fort Belvoir, Va. as an engineer.

Before they married, however, Lt. Lawrence served 17 months in Korea. The two married in 1954 and moved to Seattle, Wash. later that year and were soon joined by their first daughter.

When they were stationed back at Ft. Belvoir, their son was born on their anniversary.

Shortly afterwards, the family moved to Robert-Espagne and Nancy, France.

There, Nancy helped design the interior of the officers club.

Upon return to the U.S. in 1961, they moved to Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. while Alfred attended the Command and General Staff College. The family then returned to Springfield, Va., where they expanded the family with their last daughter.

They resided there until Alfred’s final retirement in 1995 and their subsequent move to Elkton.

One constant in Nancy’s life was her love for color, the arts and most things creative. In addition to pursuing various interior design projects for several local Christian Science Reading rooms in the Washington, D.C. area, she was a frequent patron of the area theaters, jazz performances, the symphony, and art museums.

When time allowed she was frequently honing her own drawing, painting or ceramic art skills.

She often volunteered to teach children out of her home, at the local elementary school, and through the Springfield Art Guild.

When they retired to the Shenandoah Valley, she found new museums and causes to support, with frequent trips back to the “city” for various shows or exhibits. She continued to expand her creative repertoire with knitting, sewing and quilting well into her 80’s.

Her other creative love was for gardening. Both Alfred and she enjoyed many hours laboring with love in their garden at their Elkton home.

Nancy will be dearly missed by her children and their spouses, Wendy Eastham (William), Dale Lawrence (Sallie), and Suzanne Wulff (Thomas); along with her beloved granddaughters, Laura Westbrook (Ryan), and Frances Lawrence.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 3, 2017, at the Kyger Funeral Home located at 3173 Spotswood Trail in Harrisonburg. A private burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family recommends contributions to Habitat for Humanity, supporting a local arts education program, or planting a tree in her honor as more appropriate tokens of condolences and support

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Cynthia S. Hash

Cynthia Sue (Cline) Hash, 64, of Swoope, passed away Saturday, April 22, 2017, at her residence.

She was born July 27, 1952, in Harrisonburg, and was a daughter of the late Wendell I. and Mary J. (Hinkle) Cline.

She was a registered nurse and worked in case management at the Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg.

She enjoyed being outside and everything about Swoope. She loved reading, music and artwork.

In addition to her husband of 34 years, Tom A. Hash, she is survived by two daughters, Jessica Lauren Greene of McGaheysville and Sabrina Hash Liles of Weyers Cave; one brother, Carlyle Cline of McGaheysville; and seven grandchildren.

A funeral service was conducted Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the Henry Funeral Home Chapel by Pastor Fred Miller.

The family received friends prior to the service and will anytime at the residence, 2041 Parkersburg Turnpike, Swoope.

Memorials may be made to Staunton Augusta Rescue Squad, 1601 N. Coalter St., Staunton, VA 24401, or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Virginia M. Shanholtz

Virginia M. Shanoltz, 87, Gettysburg, Pa., passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at the York Hospital.

She was born March 31, 1930, in Port Republic, and was a daughter of the late Alfie and Ethel Rimel.

Her husband, Lindy L. Shanoltz, died in 2007.

She was a member of Saint James Lutheran Church in Gettysburg.

She was a 1949 graduate of Littlestown High School.

For many years, she was employed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a secretary at the Pennsylvania Historical Commission.

She enjoyed gardening, her dogs and crocheting.

She is survived by two sons, Henry Shanoltz of Gettysburg, Pa. and Eric Shanoltz of Gettysburg, Pa.; two grandchildren; two sisters, Hazel Weaver of Hanover, Pa. and Judy Bankert of Bloomsburg, Pa.; and a brother, Donald Rimel of Hanover, Pa.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Interment will be private in Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2595 Interstate Drive, Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA 71110.

The online obituary and condolences available at

Carl W. May

Carl William May, 79, of Moultrie, Ga., passed away Saturday, April 22, 2017.

A funeral service was held Thursday, April 27, 2017, in the chapel of Baker Funeral Home in Moultrie, Ga., with Bro. James “Shot” Sellers officiating.

Interment was at Baker/Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.

He was born Sept. 1, 1937, in Maysville, W.Va., and was a son of the late Gilbert and Flossie Keplinger May.

He graduated from West Virginia University with a bachelor of science in agriculture degree.

He was a dairy farmer and raised broiler chickens. He was an active member and officer of the Young Farmers Association and he also was a member and held office in the Ruritans and other civic organizations. He was also an avid deer hunter and enjoyed going “back home” to West Virginia.

Survivors include his wife, Jane Ivey May of Moultrie; sons, Jeff of Lees Summitt, Mo., Jason of Mount Solon and David of Grottoes; daughters, Becky May and Nikki Watson, both of Bridgewater; stepchildren, Jeanie Moser and Reggie Holder, both of Moultrie, Ga.; brothers, Charles May of Maysville, W.Va. and Haven May of York, Pa.; sisters, Lydia Haggerty of Purgitsville, W.Va., Elva Shifflett of Harrisonburg and Leatha May; six grandchildren; and three stepgranddaughters.

The family may be contacted at 199 Lake Spring Drive, Moultrie, GA 31768.

Condolences may be left for the family at

Henry F. Rouser

Henry Francis Rouser, 90, of Harrisonburg, passed away at his home on Saturday, April 29, 2017. He had been in failing health the last two weeks.

He was born on July 6, 1926, in Harrisonburg, and was a son of the late Eddie Rouser and Mary Francis Rouser Yokley.

He graduated from Lucy F. Simms School and retired from Mick or Mack after 20 years of service. He served in the U.S. Army and was the oldest living member of the American Legion Post No. 76. He enjoyed working in his yard and garden.

He is survived by a sister, Lois M. Rouser of Harrisonburg; and a special friend, George Buck of Newport News.

He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Harold Yokley.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 4, 2017, at Newtown Cemetery with the Rev. Wilma White officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to American Legion Post No. 76, P. O. Box 461, Harrisonburg, VA 22803.

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