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“Missing you today at church. . it was all about God's dear children everywhere. I know you are singing & playing piano for them in heaven. Love,...Read More »
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“Dear Mary and family: I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother/wife is now an angel of God and will be watching over all of you. My prayers shall...Read More »
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“Paul, Amy and Mary, We were so sad to hear of the passing of Elizabeth. We have so many happy memories of her life and beautiful personality. Please...Read More »
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Hampton: Mary Elizabeth Collums Garber of Hampton, died October 19, 2014 at home. She was 77. Elizabeth was born February 16, 1937 to John Quintus Powell Collums and Thelma Ann Tierce Collums and grew up in Houlka, MS. Elizabeth graduated from Blue Mountain College, Blue Mountain, MS and from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, TX.
A gifted musician, she came to Virginia in 1962 as Minister of Music at Starling Avenue Baptist Church, Martinsville, VA. There she met her husband Paul Russell Garber who was then pastor of First Baptist Church, Ridgeway, VA.
In 1978 Paul and Elizabeth moved to Gloucester County, VA where for 21 years Elizabeth taught choral music at Gloucester Intermediate School – later Page Middle School. In 2004, they returned to Paul's hometown of Hampton.
Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Kenneth Powell Collums; and a sister Maurene Collums Norman.
She is survived by her husband, Paul; daughters, Amy E. Garber of Norfolk and Mary Garber Barker of Flagstaff, AZ; sister, Margaret Collums Sturdivant of Oxford, MS; grandchildren, Devon, Bryan and Daniel; one great grandson; and a host of much beloved nieces and nephews.
A service of remembrance will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, November 1, 2014 at Hampton Baptist Church.
In Elizabeth's memory the family desires memorial gifts be made to the building fund of Hampton Baptist Church, 40 Kings Way, Hampton, VA 23669.
Arrangements by Hogg Funeral Home and Crematory, Gloucester Point.