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ANNE URGOLA Anne "Nana" Urgola (née Barber), 88, peacefully joined our Heavenly Father June 21, 2020. The daughter of a farmer, Anne was born and raised in a modest home on the shores of Virginia. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. After graduating from Newport News High School, she and her best pal, Jackie Hayes, left Virginia for the "Big Apple" to pursue a modeling career. Little did she know this was where her exciting life's journey would begin. Sharing a little apartment at Central Park west, she and her girlfriends worked small office jobs, while pursuing their modeling careers and Anne's true passion, singing. She met the love of her life, Charles "Chuck" Urgola, when she was asked to fill in at a little night club on the east side of town on short notice. Anne and Chuck fell in love in the big city, married at "The Little Church Around the Corner" and had two wonderful children. They spent a short while raising their family in Seaford, Long Island, and in 1970, they moved their family west to another city full of lights, Las Vegas, where they happily lived out their lives until Chuck's passing in 1999; Anne remained in their home for the next 21 years. After 20 years of dedicated service, Anne retired from her job at the reservation desk where she worked the swing shift for the "Follies Bergere" show at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino. Anne enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, watching tennis and old movies and especially being devoted to her church family, which was a tremendous blessing to her. Anne was a beautiful, classy lady, inside and out, and no one knew that more than her family. Anne was preceded in death by her life companion, Charles "Chuck" Urgola; her parents, George and Bertha Barber; and her siblings, Reginald Barber, George Barber Jr., John Barber, Gwendolyn Brown and Patricia Kennedy. She is survived by her sister, Peggy Urrutia of Virginia; her children, Kim Johnson and husband, Robert of Henderson, Randy Urgola and wife, Barbara of Las Vegas; her grandchildren, Kelly Malone of Boston, Kristin Hickox of Richmond, Ky., Jennifer Hudson of Wetumpka, Ala., Cambria Urgola of Las Vegas, and Troy Johnson of Las Vegas. She is also survived by her eleven great-grand-children; and one great-great grandchild; as well as her many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, followed by graveside service and burial at 2:00 pm, both at Palm Mortuary and Cemetery, 7600 S. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89123. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Tropicana Christian Fellowship Church, 5000 Spencer St., Las Vegas, NV 89119.

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Published in Las Vegas Review-Journal on Jun. 28, 2020.
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July 3, 2020
I am blessed to have so many wonderful memories of my dear aunt Anne .... from the good old days when I was growing up , to the calls and visits I would have each time I was in the Las Vegas area where we would laugh and talk about our wonderful family and all the good times .... She was a very special lady and will be missed by us all .... After her long adventure in life , she is finally home with her Father in Heaven .... Rest in Peace my dear aunt Anne ....
Tandy Brown III
July 3, 2020
Though we were distant in miles, we felt close to Anne through the loving notes and poems she sent to us during the Barber Reunion in August. Our hearts and prayers go out to Aunt Anne's entire family. We always knew Anne was a creative, loving lady who left Newport News to find a lifetime of adventure and fulfillment. The love in her heart was evident to all. Rest in peace dear Anne.
Love, Nephew Lewis and Charlene
Lewis and Charlene Barber
June 30, 2020
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Darlene Brown
June 29, 2020
Rest in peace Aunt Anne! We always treasured the reading of her poem at the Barber Reunions in August. Anne had a beautiful gift of words. We felt her love from the west coast to the east. God has a new angel. We send our love to Randy and Kim. Love, Nephew Dave Barber and Fay.
Fay Barber
June 29, 2020
My dear sweet nana,
You were the best grandma a girl could ever have. I still cant believe youre gone from this earth, but I remember our conversations and how you would tell me all the time what an amazing place heaven will be, so I know you are beyond happy and singing and praising and celebrating with our lord and savior. I am comforted in know that. I will forever cherish the memories I have with you and share those memories with my kids. You will never be forgotten. I will continue to grow closer with our Heavenly Father because I know whole heartedly that is what you would want me to do. Im going to miss you so much, nana. Give papa a big hug and kiss for me. I love you!!
Kristin Hickox
June 27, 2020
My rock, my heart. I will miss her terribly. Thank you Father in heaven, for being her strength and her comforter. As she said, in a letter letter written to her children in the event of her passing, " Don't feel sad, I will be going home. Celebrate a soul set free and I will see you again at the grand reunion. Such wonderful words to comfort us . My heart is aching, but she is in Glory!
Kim Johnson
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