In Memoriam – Cathryne “Caye” Mosteller Garrett

It is with great sadness, that we share the news of Caye Garrett’s recent passing. Her obituary and funeral arrangements are below.


Cathryne “Caye” Mosteller Garrett was born in Charlotte County, VA, on March 13, 1927, into a family that had been in Virginia since 1620 (now for 16 generations). She was one of six siblings including her twin sister with whom she celebrated her 90th birthday last year. She grew up during the Great Depression. She went on to attend Longwood College (now University) but before finishing moved to Hampton, Virginia, where she obtained a job with NASA (then called NACA).

She met her husband, Ben Garrett, and they had two sons. She lived most of her life in Hampton until she moved into a retirement condominium in Poquoson, VA, in her 80’s. She was widowed at age 50, and while she remained socially very active, never remarried.

After obtaining her real estate license, she became a female pioneer in the real estate industry

in 1963 and traveled the world to military bases looking for potential clients moving to the Hampton Roads military bases.


She ran Garrett Inc. Realtors and Caye Garrett Realty, but spent the latter part of her career as

part of Long & Foster Realty after selling her business to them. She won too many awards to

list, obtained multiple designations in the real estate industry and continued learning new

techniques in training classes up until she was 88-years-old. She bought, sold and managed her

own rental property up until she was 88 as well. During her real estate career, she encouraged many others to enter the real estate industry.


She always dressed impeccably and loved to participate in ballroom dancing up into her mid 80’s. She went on numerous cruises, also traveling the world, and loved to entertain. She was an active member of the Hampton Yacht Club and the James River Country Club. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Hampton for over 50 years.


She was predeceased in death by her husband, Ben Garrett Sr., her oldest son, Benjie Garrett

Jr., her youngest sister, Bette Mosteller, who was the head librarian at Christopher Newport

University. In addition her twin sister, Margo, and her brother Paul both passed away in the last year. Two of her siblings are still alive, Robert and George Mosteller.

She is survived by her son, Greg Mosteller Garrett, grandchildren, Gregory Mosteller Garrett Jr,

Trent Kennedy Garrett, Adam Benjamin Garrett, Benjamin Ellis Garrett III, and Sarah Cathryne Garrett, named after her. She had 4 great grandchildren with the 5th expected next month.


There will be a visitation at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Hampton, VA, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. this Friday afternoon. Then the memorial service will occur at the First Presbyterian Church, on Armistead Avenue in Hampton, at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.

How You Can Help – In Memory of Karla Grase

So many people have been asking what they can do for Karla Grase. Rose & Womble has notified us a fund for the family has been set up through the Rose and Womble Foundation.



Donations for the Karla Grase Family

Here is the link to the foundation website:

How You Can Help – Rose & Womble Foundation

About The Rose & Womble Foundation The Rose & Womble Foundation is a Non-Profit 501(c) (3) created as an extension of the Rose & Womble CARES program taking action and serving Our Community.

To make a donation for the Grase family please select ‘Gift For Karla Grase Family’ in the drop down menu. Donation amounts can be customized through the PayPal, simply click on the suggested amount and edit as needed.  You may also send a check to the accounting department, made out to the Rose & Foundation, please note Grase family in the memo line.


In Memoriam – Karla Grase

It is with great sadness that we share with you the recent loss of a member of the REALTOR family Karla Grase.  Karla touched the lives of all she met.  Karla joined VPAR in 2003 and was very active in the association and she will be missed by all.

Services for Karla Grase are as follows:

Viewing on Thursday, June 7, 2018

2pm – 6pm

Smith Brothers Funeral Home

545 E Mercury Blvd; Hampton VA  23663

Celebration of Life on Friday, June 8, 2018


Ebernezer Baptist Church

171 Semple Farm Road; Hampton VA  23666In Memo

In Memoriam – Margaret Lassiter

Margaret-LassiterIt is with a very heavy heart that the staff of VPAR learned of the passing of one of our Past Presidents, Margaret Hodges Lassiter.

Margaret served as our VPAR President in the year 2003 and she also received numerous awards such as Salesperson of the Year and Manager of the Year. She continued to participate on committees up until her passing and was most recently Chair of the 2015 Awards Committee.


Margaret Hodges Lassiter funeral arrangements will be as follows: Viewing open to family and friends on Friday, March 27th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Peninsula Funeral Home on 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601. Her sons have requested that her friends wear football jerseys to honor Margaret – a very loyal Redskin fan. A graveside funeral for FAMILY ONLY
will be Sunday at 3:00 p.m.
There is also a site set up by her son requesting that in lieu of flowers to please make a donation to help with funeral costs. It’s