Virginia Mae Humphries

October 12, 1933 - February 17, 2015

10/12/1933 - 02/17/2015

Virginia Mae Humphries

Chesapeake- As snow covered the ground on February 17, 2015, Virginia “Mae” Humphries, took her last quiet breath, in this world, and woke up in the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Mae was born in Bluefield, West Virginia on October 12, 1933.
She was the oldest in a family of nine children. At the age if fifteen, Mae married the love of her life, Clifton Humphries. They were married for 57 years, and are survived by their daughters Teresa Crank husband Millard, Diane Peterson husband David, Dawna Yates husband Doug, and Beth Riggs husband Sterling. Mae is also survived by ten grandchildren; Shawn Lora, Ryan, Aaron Regan, Megan, Douglas Kelsey, Chad Brandi, Kyle, Hayley, Jean Mike and Sara Rodney. Eleven great-grandchildren also survive her; Braden, John-Coleman, Keaton, Ryan, Hollin, Carter, Tinleigh, Collin, Hannah, Ava, Tripp, and one very special friend of the family; Jay Gardner. Mrs. Humphries was predeceased by her grandson; Michael John.

Affectionately referred to as Mrs. Mae or Mamaw, Mrs. Humphries spent her adult life as a homemaker, and for thirty-two years, she was sole caretaker to her husband who was paralyzed in a tragic accident. Friends and family knew Mae as selfless. She was a lifelong member of South Norfolk Baptist Church. She gave of herself to help others whenever she could. Mae loved to be surrounded by the beauty of life: her flowers and her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a devout Christian and loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She won the battle with Dementia, at home, surrounded by those most precious to her.

In celebration of Mae’s life, the family will have a memorial service at Altmeyer Funeral Home on March 7, 2015 at 11:00 in the morning. Her ashes will be privately laid to rest, beside her soul mate, at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veteran’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children, 6171 Kempsville Circle, Norfolk, VA 23502. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

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Susan Lambert
8 years ago


You don’t know me but I work with Sterling. I’m very sorry for your loss. You and Sterling are very self-less, you will be rewarded for this. Again my condolences.


8 years ago

I am so sorry for the loss of your dear Mother. Praying that your hearts are a peace knowing she is no longer struggling and is resting easy with her Lord. She leaves a wonderful legacy in the family she raised and loved, may you cherish her memory!

Lisa Sullivan
8 years ago

I have such nice memories of both your mom and dad. Your mom was a great example of a sweet southern lady.

So very sorry for your loss.

Karen Meyers
8 years ago

I thought a lot of your mother and I was deeply saddened by the news of her passing. My heart felt condolences to you all.

Andy Newman
8 years ago

I was deeply saddened by the news of Mae’s passing. My heart felt condolences to you and your family.

8 years ago

i’m so sorry for your loss. Love all of you and hope God will comfort you during this difficult time.

Donald Maiorana
8 years ago

Laura & I want you to know we are thinking about your family. Your mother was a remarkable woman and we are glad to have known her. Our prayers are with you also.

Love, Donald & Laura Maiorana

Debbie Brewer Lucey
8 years ago

Mae helped my mother plan my wedding on 08/01/70. She helped with all the details of food preparation, flowers, and gave me a Bible to keep & hold during the service, I was married at home. Teresa’s husband held the minister up to keep him from passing out because it was so hot in the house. It still was a fun day with Mae always knowing what & how to keep with the social graces that we were unfamilar with. She always seemed to know what to do. We haven’t seen the family since Timmy’s funeral in 1986 but always thought of them with fond thoughts and happy memories. Mae was one of Mom’s oldest neighbors and friends. All of us kids were like stairsteps, and enjoyed many visits while growing up. I can remember when Beth was born and the other kids stayed with us waiting for the good news. It feels like the end of an era, with almost all of our parents gone now. Times like this is when we regret that we didn’t get together like we should have. I always thought so much of your parents, and know you will miss them both. Remember the good times with your mother and treasure her memories. Mae, Rest In Peace, we all will miss you. Debbie Lucey Franklin, VA

Lisa Kidd
8 years ago

Mae, I never looked at you as my cousin, you were just like a Aunt. You loved me unconditional.I will always remember my favorite pigs in the blanket you made every time I visited. There are so many memories I have to cherish. May you Rest in Peace with your Lord and Savior. I know you and Uncle Cliff are dancing once again. I love you Mae! To my four cousins Mae’s daughter’sI pray God has His arms around you,His hands upon you on this day and in the days ahead. May you and yours be blessed with strength and wisdom.

Sterling Riggs
8 years ago

She was my second mother when I lost mine. She always loved me and I loved her. She had such a kindred spirit and always listened. I know she is truly happy now and will be at the entrance of heaven to welcome us when we are called home. Going to miss her not being here, but look forward to the day when we can live in eternity together. Celebrate now with Mr. C and I’ll see you a little later. Love you always

Rita Mathews White
8 years ago

Teresa, Diane, Dawna and Beth, Deepest sympathy for the loss of your mother. I have fond memories of our families spending time together when we were kids. May God bless and comfort your family during this difficult time.

Mike Elliott
8 years ago

Teresa, Diane, Dawna, and Beth,

I have fond memories of your mom cooking hamburgers on a Shoney’s Big Boy tray! Don’t know where it came from… I know you all will miss her tremendously! She was always kind to me. I’m very sorry for your loss.

Vicki Cartos
8 years ago

To Teresa, Diane, Dawna, and Beth: I hope the wonderful memories of your mom bring you peace and comfort in the days ahead.

Alice Barrett Zielke
8 years ago

We’re so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother, Mae.

Although I moved from VA in 1966 when I married, I have very fond memories of your Mom and Dad.

Mae was loved by many and will be missed.

Love and prayers to the family.

Ron and Alice Barrett Zielke

Stephen Meszaros
8 years ago

Whether it was an Elvis show, family get together or band practice in her garage, Ms. Maemom always was warm and welcoming with a great big smile on her face. We will miss seeing you now but have the faith and hope to know we will meet again on Heaven’s shore.