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Date published: 5/22/2014

Elizabeth Noakes

Elizabeth Ann "Pud" Noakes, 76, of Spotsylvania County lost her courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on Sunday, May 18, 2014. We lost our loving and caring "Pud" and she will remain forever in our hearts.

Ann was born in Charlottesville and raised in Culpeper, the daughter of the late Jack W. and Alice Rouse Griffin. She is survived by her loving husband of nearly 58 years, retired Col. Richard C. "Dick Noakes; daughter Teresa Michael (Larry) of Denver; son John Noakes (Jan) of Parkton, Md.; brother Jack Griffin (Sandee) of Culpeper; granddaughter Elizabeth Michael of Denver; stepgrandson Addison Begleiter of Middle River, Md; cousins Janet Schwartz of Portland, Ore., Jim Rouse of Ridgefield, Conn., Taye Griffin, Jeanie Grimes and Tom Griffin of Culpeper and Randy and Robert Griffin of North Carolina; and close nephews-in-law Eric Noakes (Mel) and Trever Noakes (Staci) of Stafford County. Ann is also survived by many dear friends from throughout her wonderful life.

Ann was a multitalented and creative young lady. She was actively involved in numerous clubs and was a cheerleader, librarian and basketball player while attending Culpeper High School. She served as the Girl Scout director for the state of Colorado while stationed at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Most of all, she was a devoted mother to Teresa and John, who both were born in England. Ann attended Averett College in Danville, but gave up a scholarship to help put Richard through VPI (Virginia Tech). Together they traveled the world while Richard served his country as an Air Force officer.

After supporting Richard for 24 years and 12 rotations in the Air Force, Ann and Richard settled in Richmond for two years before moving to Herndon. She worked as a moving consultant for several companies throughout Virginia including Mayflower (Newport News) and Victory Van (Alexandria). Ann utilized her moving experience from her past military moves to later become a vice president for Victory Van Lines. In 2000, while she was still working from home at the twilight of her professional career, the couple built their retirement home, with great input from Ann, at Fawn Lake, where the couple continued to explore many exciting vacation destinations during their retirement years.

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