In Memoriam

Twila M. Noble

Rose Hill lost one of its kindest neighbors with the passing of Twila Noble in the early hours of August 4 at Alexandria Hospital. Twila, who lived at the corner of Rose Hill Drive and Apple Tree Drive for 50 years, would have been 81 in December.

Even if you didn't know Twila, you probably noticed the geese made of masonry that guarded her front door. They were always dressed for the weather, rain gear, sun suits, overcoats, etc. And, of course, they sported Redskins burgundy and gold on football weekends.

An independent sort, Twila like to portray herself as tough and gruff. However, her many friends and fellow church members knew of her kindness for those who were ill or incapacitated and needed help. A phone call would bring Twila for a ride to the doctor or a trip to the grocery story. She was active in her church and was a member of the Granny Squares, a group that helped local less fortunate families and children.

Twila was one of the Rose Hill 'originals'. She and her husband Essie moved to Rose Hill in January of 1955. They raised four daughters, all the time watching the new community grow and flourish. Essie died on Christmas Day, 1992 after retiring from the railroad.

Twila's pictures of the early days in Rose Hill are included on the "Photo Gallery" and her story of moving to Rose Hill is in those of the "Original Rose Hill Ramblers" on MyRoseHill.com. Take a look!

A regular at Rose Hill Civic Association meetings, she epitomized all the things that make Rose Hill such a great community. She will be sorely missed, but her efforts to help build a community of friends and neighbors will long be remembered.

Recently, she won a gift certificate from Outback that was awarded at a civic association meeting. She and her longtime friend and neighbor, Connie Beatty, enjoyed the meal. Twila's only regret was that she couldn't invite all her friends. Twila and Connie first met as schoolmates at the old George Washington High School in Alexandria.

If you would like to remember Twila, a contribution to Cameron Methodist Church would please her very much. Twila was an original at Cameron Methodist when the present sanctuary was built near the corner of Franconia Road and Telegraph Road in the early 1950s. The address is 3130 Franconia Road.

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