Mary Elinor Haracivet

January 30, 1920 - January 4, 2003

01/30/1920 - 01/04/2003

Past Services

Wednesday January 08, 2003
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Newport News
12893 Jefferson Avenue
Newport News, VA 23608
757-874-4200 | Directions
Thursday January 09, 2003
at Warwick Memorial United Methodist Church
38 Hoopes Road
Newport News, VA 23608
757/877-4883 | Directions
Thursday January 09, 2003
2:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Newport News
12893 Jefferson Avenue
Newport News, VA 23608
757-874-4200 | Directions
Thursday January 09, 2003
3:15 pm
Peninsula Memorial Park
12750 Warwick Boulevard
Newport News, VA 23606
757/930-1197 | Directions

Mary Elinor Smith Haracivet


Mrs. Mary E. Haracivet, age 82, of Newport News, VA, and formerly of Fayetteville, NC, passed into eternal rest on Saturday January 4, 2003. She was preceded in death by her husband John J. Haracivet, Sr., USAF retired, and her brother John D. Smith. Mrs. Haracivet is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Dola Haracivet Maahs and Howard G. Maahs of Newport News, VA and by her son and daughter-in-law John J. Haracivet, Jr., and Brownie Shaffer Haraciviet of St. Thomas, VI. Survivors also include seven grandchildren, Kendra Lacy, Jennifer Maahs, Christopher McMurphy, Cynthia Maahs, Leslie Young, Kelly Young, and Gordon Maahs, and three great-grandchildren, Zachary McMurphy, Loretta Lacy, and Susanna Lacy.
Mrs. Haracivet was born in Decatur, GA on January 30, 1920 and was raised in Georgia and South Carolina. After her marriage, as a military wife she lived in many places throughout the world including Alaska, Turkey, Thailand, and Memphis, TN, before settling in Fayetteville and later moving to Newport News. She was an outgoing , generous, and caring person who touched the lives of her many friends and acquaintances. She was an avid reader, keeping the library staff at Grissom busy supplying her with books. She also loved to travel and did so extensively.
Mrs. Haracivit , who had a deep Christian faith, was a former member of Haymount United Methodist Church in Fayetteville and a present member of Warwick Memorial United Methodist Church in Newport News. She was an active member of both churches, serving and participating in many church organizations. Other memberships and activites of Mrs. Haracivet include past president of the Officer’s Wives’ Club and a Gray Lady volunteer of the American Red Cross in Fayetteville, and the United Daughters of the Confederacy Bethel Chapter and the Red Hat Society in Newport News. She also served as a volunteer at the Newport News- Williamsburg Airport for many years until her failing health prevented her from doing so any longer.
Funeral arrangements are by Altmeyer Funeral Home, 12893 Jefferson Ave., Newport News, where visitation hours will be from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday January 8, 2003. A Funeral service will be conducted in Altmeyer Funeral Home Chapel by The Reverend Larry Adams and The Reverend Douglas Forrester at 2:00pm on Thursday January 9, 2002. Burial in Peninsula Memorial Park in Newport News will follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the name of Mrs. Haracivet to Warwick Memorial United Methodist Church 38 Hoopes Road, Newport News, VA 23608.

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Dee & Gladys Johnson
8 years ago

Dear Dola and Howard

We were very sorry to hear of the passing of your mother.

You have our sincerest condolences and sympathy.

We are thinking of you.

Dee and Gladys Johnson.

Sallie G. Greene
8 years ago

For Dola, John, Howard and Brownie:

Our thoughts are with you on the loss of your sweet mother. She was a very beautiful woman in every way and touched so many with her knowledge of the world and her conversations about the progress of her beloved grandshildren and the love she had for them. She will be remembered for that lovely smile and those piercing blue eyes that had a certain sparkle.

God Bless. Sallie & Billy Greene – Newport News Virginia

Paul and Mary Ann Dennis
8 years ago

John and Brownie,

We love and miss you.

God’s peace at this time.

I love you God- you make me strong.

God is the bedrock under my feet,

the castle in which I live,

my rescuing knight.

My God- the high crag where I run for dear life,

hiding behind the boulders,

safe in the granite hideout.

-Psalm 18 from ‘The Mesage’