Mary Frances Hypes, 99, of Newport, went to her heavenly home on Feb. 19, 2021.
She was born on June 8, 1921 in Abney, W.Va. She was the first of seven children of the late Henry Clarence and Nannie Mae Heavener Hypes.
She made her home on the family farm in the Spruce Run community and graduated from Newport High School in 1939 as valedictorian of her class, and from Virginia Tech with honors and was employed by the Giles County Public School System for 40 years.
Frances was an excellent school teacher and taught at Eggleston and Newport high schools before becoming librarian at Giles High School. A faithful follower of Christ, she was a member of the Newport Lutheran Church and attended Oak View Christian Church where she taught a Sunday school class for many years. She loved to grow beautiful flowers and also had a love for music, playing the piano and singing with her sisters.
Five loving girls, great great-nieces Marin and Lydia Hypes and next door neighbors Molly, Anna and Lacey Morris brought her much joy with their many visits. Frances was a loving aunt to all her nephews and nieces, who all called her “Mamie.”
She was preceded in death by three brothers, William Henry, Alva Virgil and Kelly Edward Hypes; a sister, Hilda Hypes Decker; a brother-in-law, Charles D. Decker; and sisters-in-law, Lorraine Rasnake Hypes and Charlsie Hypes Smith.
She leaves to cherish her memory two sisters, Dorothy Jean and Ruth Inez Hypes; nephews and nieces Allen and Tammy Hypes, Eddie and Robin Hypes, Kathy and John Pennington, Lisa and Gordy Sachs and Tammy and J.D. Olinger; great-nephews and nieces Nathan Hypes, David and Kristen Hypes, Brady Hypes and Anne, Stephen and Tanya Hypes, Eric and Jessica Pennington, Michael and Erica Pennington, Adam and Kersten Sachs, Brandon Harvey, Brandy Sachs, Kelley Olinger, and Casey Olinger; three great-great nephews, eight great-great nieces, and numerous other friends and neighbors whom we sincerely thank for their love, kindness, prayers and help.
To Hadassah Simmons, Dawn Norris, and Chelsey DiRico, we will forever be grateful. We also thank the Newport Volunteer Rescue Squad for their help and kindness.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, in the McCoy Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gary McCoy officiating. Interment followed in Westview Cemetery. Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg.