Marcilla Gray Humphries

March 7, 1923 - February 9, 2008

03/07/1923 - 02/09/2008

Past Services

Wednesday February 13, 2008
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Virginia Beach
5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
800-934-4648 | Directions
Sunday February 17, 2008
3:00 pm
Lynnhaven Colony Congregational Church
2217 W. Great Neck Road
Virginia Beach, VA
757-481-7674 | Directions

Marcilla Gray Humphries

VIRGINIA BEACH – Marcilla G. Humphries, born March 7, 1923, in Standard, La. to Goldbon O. Gray and Orthie N. Gray, passed peacefully in her home Feb. 9, 2008. She was a Harris scholar and graduate of University of Louisiana Lafayette and William and Mary, and was predeceased by husband Ray L. Humphries, U.S. Navy retired. Marcilla is survived by two sisters, Elizabeth Luzader of Camden, Ark., and Maurine Guillium of Ruston, La., as well as five children, Brian, Donald and Janice, all of Virginia Beach, Glynn of Richmond, and Ray Jr. of Germany. There are eight grandchildren, Christina, Lea, George, Kimberly, Travis, Curtis, Stephanie and Anna. She also has two nieces, Connie and Becky, and two great-grandchildren, Spenser and Garrett. Marcilla was a member in many organizations including: member, Lynnhaven Colony Congregation UCC Church, NEA, VBEA retired, Princess Anne Woman’s Club, Tidewater Knitting Guild, Embroiderer’s Guild of America, Scherzo Music Club, and Auxiliary Member Pearl Harbor Survivors. She had retired from the Virginia Beach School System as teacher and secondary school counselor, and also was a charter member Brickholder of Virginia Beach VOTECH Center faculty. Working with and learning from students of different ages, interests and goals, taught her great respect of the young and the enduring hope that they, too, will become “Great Generations.” Bringing up five taught her that within each person is a unique individual with distinct outlooks and goals. She will be in our hearts forever. On Sunday, Feb. 17 at 3 p.m., there will be a service of thanksgiving for the life of Marcilla Humphries, held at Lynnhaven Colony Congregation, UCC Church. Everyone is welcome.

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Brian and Bess Humphries
8 years ago

Both of us are extremely grateful for your thoughts and prayers; Mom bravely lived with and fought cancer for over 20 years. One thing that we will especially remember is her constant optimism and hope for EVERYTHING, including her battle with cancer. Mom forever saw “the good” in people, and never pushed her opinions upon others. She constantly had a firm grip on hope, and would not allow us to let that “monster” get the best of our spirits. Her last wishes were to return to her home of 40-some years, look out the windows to watch her beloved birds, bothersome squirrels, and feel the sun shine upon her face. Fortunately, we were able to make that happen. We saw to it that she was in no pain, and even though during during those last few hours, she was not able to visably respond or speak, we BOTH knew that she was listening and well aware of our presence. We surrounded Mom with love, talked to her, kissed her, held her hand…and told her that we loved her, that we would miss her immensely, and that it was all right to just relax, and let her begin that journey to be with her husband, family, and friends again — They were patiently and lovingly waiting to help her with that final road to Heaven. About 20 minutes later, she was gone. We stayed with her for quite some time afterward, holding her hand, stroking her forehead, as we knew that her spirit was still surrounding us. She probably had a few chuckles as we reminisced a few of her moments in her long and rich life.

We just want everyone to know of our gratitude for ALL the help and love that Mom received, especially during those last two years. We honestly could not have been able to arrange to get her to all of those doctor’s appointments, chemotherapy treatments, etc. if it had not been for your help. The Woman’s Fellowship group at Lynnhaven Colony Congregational Church of Christ took Mom on as a very special “Project,” and they enabled her to live more peacefully, enjoy life longer, and literally did wonders to enrich her wonderful life. We are forever in their debt. Brian and I did what we could to enable her to live in her home comfortably during the 18-19 years after her husband’s death, taking care of her yard, weeding and tending to the landscaping, doing her home maintenance, taking her on those special “road trips,” etc., but the REAL work was performed by the Woman’s Fellowship group and all of Mom’s many, many friends. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! She’s still watching all of us…I am certain of this. Don’t grieve about losing this very unique and special woman, but, rather, remember and treasure her life, her hopes and dreams.

B & B Humphries

Valerie Humphries
8 years ago

I had the greatest honor of being her first daughter-in-law. The greatest pleasure I gave her was a granddaughter, Christina Anne. I loving shared Christina’s life with Marcella.

Marcella was an angel to all that encountered her love and guidance. May there be an extra star in her crown in Heaven!