James, my brother, passed away at my home on August 22, 2017 at 10:30 am while the hospice nurse was in his attendance. He had fought Pancreatic cancer for almost 3 years with Met to his liver until chemo was no longer effective and he developed a back pain that the VA was unable to diagnose and treat but was given pain medication.
He had served in various branches of the military as well as in the reserves…and last worked at the FAA before becoming ill. He will be greatly missed.
James Robert Yancey is to be buried on Thursday September 6 at 1pm with Honors at the Quantico National Military cemetery in Virginia.
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Heidi Gage, 51, of Portland, died on October 19, 2017, after a short, but valiant, battle with cancer. She was born in Westbrook, Maine, the daughter of Rev. Philip and Nancy Gage. Heidi lived most of her childhood in Bangkok, Thailand, where she graduated from the International School of Bangkok. There she developed her love for performing choral music and her appreciation for those of other cultures and backgrounds.
Upon returning to the United States, Heidi lived in the Boston area and Groveland, Mass., before moving to Portland, Maine. She graduated from the University of Southern Maine, and most recently worked as Admissions Coordinator and Director of the Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars Program. Heidi’s organizational ability and warm personality showed through as she worked with university students, directed children’s choral groups, and taught Sunday school at Falmouth Congregational Church. Many of the young people she worked with considered Heidi a beloved second mother to them.
Heidi’s pride and joy were in her children, Kenneth (19) and Elizabeth (15) Drelich, and she spent every spare moment attending their school and sporting events and encouraging them in their endeavors. She enjoyed spending time at the beach, at the family camp, and outdoors with them. Family relationships were important to Heidi, and she loved cultivating traditions and spending time over meals with those she loved.
Heidi was preceded in death by her parents. In addition to her children, Kenneth and Elizabeth Drelich, she is survived by her siblings, Chris Gage (Melodie), Lorrie Gage (Jim Thornton), Marissa Gage, and Ben Gage; her niece and nephews; her partner, Leland John Arris, and his children and grandson.
A memorial service will be held at Falmouth Congregational Church on Saturday, October 28, at 1:00 p.m. with a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial funds in Heidi’s honor be directed to the support of her children either online at www.youcaring.com/HeidiGageMemorialFund or by mail to the Kenneth & Elizabeth Drelich Support Fund, Town & Country Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 9420, South Portland, ME 04116-9420, account #152966.
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A “Celebration of Life” for Mary Patricia Pace, Thursday, June 1st at St .James Episcopal Church in Alexandria, Va. It will be from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Mary lost her battle to cancer on April 14, 2017. Beloved daughter to Beryel and Mary Pace (deceased), sister to Cathie Lowe (Dave), Lillian Malburg, Larry Pace, Robert Pace (Linda) and many niece’s and nephews.
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Departed January 9, 2017 ~ Complications related to Alzheimer’s disease
Maureen Ann McLaughlin Guignon For the first time in her life, Maureen Ann McLaughlin Guignon listened to her father. Unfortunately, she listened to his advice, “Don’t get old, Mo.”
At 67 years old, Maureen passed away on Monday, January 9, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. Born December 18, 1949 in New Orleans to Captain Jack and Marjorie McLaughlin, Maureen lived an adventure filled childhood as a Navy brat with her three sisters, Patricia, Shawn and Mary Ellen. Maureen graduated from the International School of Bangkok in 1967 and briefly attended Marymount University. During her first year in college, she met the love of her life, Joseph Guignon, and together they continued their adventures around the world. Living in Germany, Egypt, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, and many states around the United States, Maureen and Joe raised their three children in a warm and loving home. Maureen was extremely proud of her children, and her children will profoundly feel her loss. In 2011, Maureen was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and participated in several drug trials in order to help future generations. After her diagnosis, Maureen and Joe continued their adventures, but closer to home, by volunteering for Honor Flight receptions, swimming, walking, and spending time with family. Maureen and Joe celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary on December 22, 2016 in Fairfax, Virginia with their children.
Maureen graduated from George Mason University, with her Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD degrees in Art History. Maureen taught at GMU as an Art History interim professor from 2000 to 2014. Maureen is survived by her devoted husband, Joe; children, Aimee, Shannon and Blythe; and three sisters, Patty, Shawn and Mary Ellen Reutinger (David).
A memorial service will be held at St. Leo’s Catholic Church on Monday, January 16, 2017 at 1 p.m., followed by a Celebration of Life at the Army Navy Club, Fairfax, Virginia.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Honor Flight Network, (www.honorflight.org/donate-now/).In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Honor Flight Network, (www.honorflight.org/donate-now/).
Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 11, 2017
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Went to be with the Lord on November 9, 2017 at age 64. Beloved husband of Brenda Stokes, loving father of Jessica (Samuel), Emily and Michael. Son of William and Jadwiga Stokes. Brother to Brian, Helen (Daniel), Edward (Karen), David (Anne), preceded in death by sister, Lillian and uncle to many nieces and nephews. Tony was born in Morocco and was ISB graduate in Bangkok, Thailand, Washington University in St. Louis and MBA from Vanderbilt. Tony was Industrial Sales Manager at IBM for many years. We are forever grateful to you, Tony, and for your life of Faith in God.
A Requiem Mass will be celebrated for Tony at Holy Trinity Church in Georgetown at 12 noon on Saturday, November 25, 2017. Holy Trinity is located at 3513 N Street NW, Washington DC. 20007. Interment private.
Freda Britt Williams ~ F-Faculty 1968-1970 ~ 1972-1973 ~ 1984-2002
Departed February 1, 2017 ~ Complications from Heart Surgery
Freda Britt Williams passed on February 1, 2017. A celebration of her life will be held in Cambridge MA on the afternoon of Friday, June 30th. Please email Marilyn Holladay at mjsholladay at gmail dot com to RSVP and for event details. Also, if you are so moved (attendees or those who can’t make it) please send a photo with a story/caption to same email so we can include it in the slideshow. The celebration will allow us to gather and reflect, share memories, laugh and remember Freda in all her glory (She left a very detailed plan, not surprisingly). Hope to see you there. Kids welcome!
Freda was my hero. Using her tools of love and compassion, she mentored me and our friendship deepened as we both shared a love for ISB. Initially, I met Freda when she was asked to serve as the liaison between the school and the ISB Network after a long line of faculty members were tasked with the extra job of opening the lines of communication between the school and the alumni. For more than a year, Freda and I communicated via email, until she attended the Long Beach Reunion in 1998. For countless hours, we spoke as to how we could coexist and she left telling me she would make it her mission to get the school to recognize us as a partner, a “Sister Alumni Association for North America.” True to her words she convinced the Board of Directors at ISB to recognize us, and thusly, the foundation was laid for the ISBN to establish themselves as a 501-C-3 non-profit foundation. As the ISB Foundation, we established a scholarship fund and also partnered with the school in 2002 to celebrate its 50th anniversary and Tsunami relief in Kao Lak. The 50th anniversary was one of the greatest celebrations I have ever witnessed. After the celebration was over, Freda was hospitalized for exhaustion. She always gave 1000% to every endeavor.
I last spoke to Freda in late October when she called me one evening. I was in Rehoboth Beach helping David and Janice Elder remodel their upstairs porch in to an art studio. David, Janice and I were at dinner, but I saw the caller ID and excused myself. She was calling to see if I was all right. She had heard that the company I had been working for had closed its doors and she said she was worried about me and wanted to check on me. I knew something was up because she seldom called me; I usually called her. I told her all was well and we chatted for about 30 minutes. We talked about her life, her kids, my kids, her health, and then the Daytona reunion. I had tried so hard to get her to come but she just wasn’t able to travel. I wish I had gone to see her, and I am angry with myself that I did not make the trip. As I look back now, I can’t help but believe that she was calling to say goodbye. I will cherish her memory as long as I hold breath and I will always remember her kind and loving spirit. Till we meet again Mrs. Williams, I toast your life and will miss you always. Chaiyo! David A. Wilkerson
November 1, 1942 – February 1, 2017 Lovingly written by: Marilyn Holladay, ISB 1984 – 94 and Eleanor Jones, ISB 1983 – 1989
Freda’s life of adventure began after marrying Roger Williams, a US Army officer. It included a number of postings in the US and then during the Viet Nam Era they lived in Bangkok where she taught at the ISB satellite campus. After a number of postings back in the US, they returned to Bangkok again in 1985.
Freda was enthusiastically welcomed back into the ISB faculty, family and friends. She taught grade 6 as a long term substitute before moving to the High School as an English and Journalism teacher. Freda was a demanding, kind and supportive teacher getting her students to improve, especially their writing skills. She modeled excellent writing by contributing articles to Living in Thailand and other publications. Who can forget her article on getting their big American car caught in a narrow Bangkok Soi!
Freda knew that promoting the extracurricular side of education was just as important as the academic. When the opportunity came in 1990 to become Activities Director, Freda used her creative skills to improve and grow the program on the Sukhumvit Soi 15 campus. After the move to Samakee, the Activities Office grew dynamically! Freda did not “direct” activities – she was involved. From donning costumes for every dress-up day, to performing in the “Sister Act” and Dolly Parton for Faculty Follies, Freda never missed a chance to be part of the fun.
Freda was an ultimate Event Planner. Her magnetism inspired and attracted the support from faculty, students and community that was needed to plan and implement events from IASAS conventions to the spectacular ISB 50th anniversary celebration. Her work ethic was matched by the rest of her committee members to make ISB events memorable for visitors and the talk of the town!
After retiring from ISB in 2003, Freda and Roger, who became an ISB middle school teacher after his army career, returned to North Carolina. Freda’s life revolved around her husband, Roger, children Tracey Williams Lowenstein (Eric) and Dan Williams, her much adored grandsons Eben and Cal Lowenstein, her sisters and countless friends. Tracey (Class of 1987) and Dan (Class of 1992) are proud ISB graduates. Retirement for Freda included regular tennis games, pontoon boat rides on the river, and enjoying Red Hat lunches. Her writing took a new twist as she spent time communicating on Facebook with former students, colleagues, and anyone else she ever met! Whenever friends passed within shouting distance, she welcomed them with her gracious southern hospitality.
Former ISB student – my daughter – Sarah Jones (Class of 1988) knocked on their door & was welcomed in to their home during a long US road trip in 2005, two decades after Freda had been her favorite journalism teacher! Those several days with Freda inspired Sarah’s husband enough to seek a school counseling degree in order to head overseas and live the life Freda & Roger clearly represented. The warmth and generosity of her spirit will be missed by all who knew her.