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Virginia C. Hawkinson

15 February, 2012 by troy glidden

Virginia C. Hawkinson, 89, of McPherson, passed away at 10:45 p.m., Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 peacefully at Loving Care of McPherson.

Virginia Claire Hawkinson, was born in Topeka, Kansas on April 13, 1922, the daughter of Russell S. and Dana May (Wise) Griffee. Virginia was the youngest of three children, two daughters and one son, Helen, Albert, and Virginia. She attended the Central Park Grade School, the Boswell Junior High School, and graduated from the Topeka High School, Topeka, Kansas in 1940. She attended Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas for two years. After college, Virginia worked for the Santa Fe Railroad Offices in Topeka as a Clerk.

Virginia C. Griffee was united in marriage to Alfred Simpson Hawkinson on December 30, 1946 at Topeka, Kansas where they established their first home together. She then began working for Stone-McClure-Webb-Johnson- and Omand Law Firm of Topeka as a receptionist. The young couple moved to McPherson, Kansas in March of 1947. This union was blessed with the birth of two children, a son and a daughter, Paul “Griff” and Ann. The family were faithful members of the First Presbyterian Church where Virginia and Al were members of the Mariners Club. Virginia was a Homemaker and worked for her husband Al as a bookkeeper at the McPherson County Abstract Company, of McPherson. In 1977 Virginia moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas where she worked for her sister at the Craft Seller.

Virginia was united in marriage to Loehr M. Rigby on January 1, 1982 at Topeka, Kansas and the couple moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1982 until 1990 when they moved back to Topeka, Kansas. In 1999, Virginia moved back to McPherson. Virginia was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta of Washburn University; former member of Chapter AY of P.E.O., McPherson, was very proud of serving two terms on the U.S.D 418 McPherson School Board, and volunteered at the McPherson County Food Bank, McPherson, Kansas for many years.

Virginia was a devoted Christian, loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Her wise counsel, firm but loving guidance, gracious smile and sense of humor will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her. She was very proud of her children always wanting the best for them. Virginia was especially fond of her grandchildren and step-grandchildren, always looking forward to their visits and times they would share together. She enjoyed keeping up with their sports and school activities and was always their number one fan.

Virginia Hawkinson, 89, of McPherson, passed away at 10:45 p.m., Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 peacefully at Loving Care of McPherson. Virginia was preceded in death by her brother Albert Griffee and sister, Helen Gordon.

Surviving family members include her children, Paul "Griff" Griffee Hawkinson and his wife Kathryn of McPherson, Kansas and Ann Gabrick and her husband Lucian "Gabe" of Olathe, Kansas; her two grandchildren, Tucker Hawkinson and Tanner Hawkinson; her two step-grandchildren, Ingrid Marcellino-Ousdahl and her husband Bryan and Dr. Thomas Marcellino and his wife Whitney; her three step-great-grandchildren, Thomas Marcellino, Larson Marcellino, and Colton Ousdahl; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

The memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church, McPherson, Kansas, at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 17th, with Reverend H. Dick Reynolds, Jr. officiating. Special music “Deep Purple”, "All People That On Earth Do Dwell" and “The Lord’s Prayer” will be played by organist, Connie Hoover. Hymn # 326 "Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart" will be sung by the congregation and accompanied by Connie Hoover.

Inurnment of cremated remains will take place at the McPherson Cemetery, McPherson, Kansas at a later date.

Family request donations to First Presbyterian Church, McPherson, Kansas; or the McPherson County Food Bank and they can be sent in care of the Glidden - Ediger Funeral Home; 222 West Euclid Street; McPherson, Kansas 67460.

Linda and Mark Heidebrecht

Posted By Cindy Culver Burke on 19 February, 2012
Ann and Grif

So sorry to hear about your mom. She was such a fun person and I will remember her with fond memories. Keep the memories in your heart and she will be with you always. Thinking about you all knowing what this phase of life is like. God bless you.

Posted By Trey Glidden on 19 February, 2012
Ann, Griff & families:
I was saddened when I heard about your Mom's passing. It also brought back fun memories of all the fun we had down in the south part of town. Your backyard usually was ground zero for the gatherings. The first thing I remember when I think of Virginia was her contagious laugh. Thinking about you guys.

Posted By Kyle Robinson on 17 February, 2012
Ann, Paul??,
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
What a wonderful woman. So many great memories!

Posted By Greg & Lynette Pauls on 16 February, 2012
Griff, Kathy and family,
Our deepest condolences at your loss of your mom and grandma. You are in our prayers.

Posted By Jodi Hime on 16 February, 2012
Griff, So sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. My thoughts are with you at this time.

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