Ila Hackett Needre 86, died Monday, April 16, 2018 at The Gardens at Warwick Forest in Newport News, Virginia. She was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania on September 30, 1931. After graduating from Altoona High School, she continued her education at Moore College of Art in Philadelphia where she graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree. While in Philadelphia, she met her husband, John Needre Jr. who also was an artist. They were married in Altoona on September 17, 1955. After touring Europe for their honeymoon, they lived in his hometown of Newport News, Virginia. They had two sons, John Charles Needre and Stephen James Needre. While Ila was a homemaker, she continued with her artwork. She enjoyed making woodcuts, etching prints, and created several oil paintings and pen and ink drawings. One of her favorite art subjects was The Bible. Ila also enjoyed photography.
Ila was very active at Bethany Gospel Chapel, where she and her husband attended church for over 50 years. She enjoyed singing in the choir, playing piano, and creating artwork for special occasions.
Ila was preceded in death by her husband, John Needre Jr. Ila is survived by her two sons, John Charles Needre, (Judy), and Stephen James Needre ( Sharonne). Ila has two grandchildren, Skylar Needre (Rachelle) and Starr Marberry (Matthew), and two great grandchildren, Sterling Needre and Grace Needre.
Date: Monday, April 23, 2018
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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