Priscilla Hogge left us to join husband Claiborne on Oct. 20, 2018, at home, surrounded by family and friends.
Born Priscilla Frazee Cushman on Jan. 9, 1945, to Thomas and Margaret Cushman, she grew up at The Carousel on the York River and attended Botetourt and Gloucester High School. From the age of five, she sang and played ukulele for friends and family, and loved music throughout her life. She sang in the Ware Church Junior Choir under the auspices of the Rev. Reginald Wells Eastman. Growing up on the York River, she was in and out of family cottages, Two Bobs and Echo Hall, and loved boating, fishing, crabbing, and all water activities.
In 1963, she and Claiborne married and first lived in a tiny house behind Wards Store. After having Wendy, they lived in the Little House where Clay was born, and they made lifelong friends.
Priscilla and Claiborne loved square dancing and bridge parties and frequently took the family camping at Lake Gaston.
Priscilla worked for her father at Thomas Cushman Real Estate, as well as after Claiborne took it over in 1975 and it became E. Claiborne Hogge Real Estate. They moved to Glen Roy and had many adventures on the Ware River and Mobjack Bay, particularly on The African Queen and The Prissy Wen. They sponsored sports teams for local children and were instrumental in real estate and economic development in Gloucester County.
Later, at River Hall on the North River, they held many gatherings for family, friends, and the community, and continued after moving next door to Ups and Downs. Well-known for their commitment to the County, their presence was key to the success of Gloucester social and business events.
Much beloved by neighbors, family, and friends, Priscilla thrived on the company of the young people in Gloucester, who were all drawn to her sense of fun. Along with childhood friends Judy (Thrift) Ward, Brenda (Hall) Kirschbaum, and Pammy (White) Hall, Priscilla served the community through the Ware Junior Woman’s Club, the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Gloucester Volunteer Fire Department, and the Ware River Circle of The King’s Daughters. Priscilla was also active in the Sunday school program at Ware Church.
Priscilla is survived by her daughter, Winifer (Wendy) F. Hogge and her husband Frank C. Driver; son, E. Claiborne (Clay) Hogge Jr.; sister, Margaret Teagle and husband David; sisters- and brothers-in-law, Debra and Willie Spencer, Janet and Larry Johnson, and Bessie Hogge; unofficial adopted grandson, Ryan Haywood; her grand dog, Lulu Belle Hogge-Driver; 12 nieces and nephews, and special caregivers, April Eller, Karina Arntz, Ashley Robinson, Diana Shackelford, Janie Marshall, Dorothy Shockley, and Brandi Waltman.
She was preceded in death by husband, Claiborne; sister, Mary Cushman Kimberly, and both parents.
Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Grant Ambrose, were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, at Ware Episcopal Church. Interment followed in the church cemetery with a reception in Ware Parish Hall.
Memorial contributions can be made to Ware Church, the Eastman Educational Scholarship, P.O. Box 616, Gloucester, Va. 23061, Bread for Life Food Pantry, “Bread for Life,” 6262 Main Street, Gloucester, Va. 23061 or Gloucester Volunteer Fire and Rescue, P.O. Box 1417, Gloucester, Va. 23061
Services under the direction of Hogg Funeral Home.