2013-03-07 / Obituaries

Virginia I. Willis


Virginia I. Willis Virginia I. Willis Virginia Irene Willis, 82, formally of Grafton, W.V., passed away peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 in Manistique, Mich.

Virginia was born in Grafton, to Harold and Marguerite McDaniel on June 23, 1930. She lived in Grafton until 1959, when she moved to southern California with her husband, Don Willis, and their four children, Stephanie, Michele, Brent, and Lisa. Another daughter, Aimee, was born in California in 1967.

Virginia worked in accounting for many years, and retired in 2000 to Manistique to be near her daughter Lisa’s family. There she became a member of the Manistique Women’s Club and Eastern Star, serving as treasurer for several years. She was an accomplished seamstress, a talent she applied primarily for the benefit of her children, creating their wardrobes, Halloween costumes, formal gowns, and wedding and bridesmaid dresses.

In addition to her five children, she is survived by 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; her brother, Tom McDaniel; sister, Rebecca McDaniel Zickefoose; and many nieces and nephews. She would want to include the Utash family of Simi Valley, Calif., close family friends who knew her as “Grandma Ginny”.

Virginia was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Mc- Daniel of Grafton.

Visitation will be held at Bartlett’s Funeral Home in Grafton on Friday, March 8, from 5-8 p.m. Funeral service will be at the funeral home at 11 a.m. on Saturday with Pastor Michael Willis of Grace Brethren Church officiating. Following the burial at Woodsdale Cemetery, there will be a reception at Grace Brethren Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Taylor County Senior Center, Route 2, Box 514, Grafton, WV, 26354. This organization held a special place in Virginia’s heart for the meaningful care and involvement it provided her mother, Marguerite, for many years.

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