Virginia Adkins

ADKINS, Virginia “Ginnie” Lee Little Joseph, passed away peacefully February 28, 2013, at Liza’s Place, Wheeling, WV.

She was born June 1, 1925, in Pittsburgh, daughter of the late Samuel Johnston Little and Almyra Lynch Little.

Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her first husband, Dr. Edward John Joseph, in 1971; her second husband, Alban Adkins, in 1994; and her brother, Harry A. Little in 2008.

She is survived by her two sons, Daniel Joseph and his wife, Deborah, of Wheeling, and Brian Joseph and his wife, Julie, of Triadelphia; five grandchildren, Kristen Cox and her husband, Chris, of Triadelphia, David Joseph of Deland, FL, Craig Joseph of Boulder, CO, Anne Joseph of Pittsburgh, PA, and Tesla Joseph of Triadelphia; her sister-in-law, Margaret “Peg” Little of Venice, FL; two step-children, Jan Adkins of California, and Judy Porter of Maryland; and four step-grandchildren, Sally Adkins, Sam Adkins, Andy Walker and Kate Robinson.

Ginnie received her pilot license (without her parents’ knowledge!) when she was 16, and in the 1940s was a member of the Civil Air Patrol. She taught English in Japan while she and her husband, Ed, were stationed there during the Korean War. She was an avid genealogist, a lover of classical music, and had perfect pitch. As a teenager, she played trombone in the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. She was Past President of the Thursday Music Club, Founding Member and Past President of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Wheeling District Dental Society, member of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution, and owner/ founder of Joseph Realty. She spent many years splitting her time between Wheeling and Venice, Florida, where she was a member of the Sarasota Opera Guild and a volunteer for the Sea Turtle Project at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, FL. She was a member of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Wheeling.

Ginnie’s family would like to thank the staff and residents of Elmhurst, where she lived very actively for several years, and the nurses and staff of Liza’s Place who made her final journey very peaceful and full of love.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dr. Edward Joseph Dental Hygiene Scholarship Fund, in care of West Liberty University Foundation, West Liberty, WV 26074 or Wheeling Symphony Orchestra Virginia Joseph Adkins Fund, 1025 Main Street, #811, Wheeling, WV 26003.

Friends will be received for a memorial visitation on Sunday, March 3 from 1 til 5 p.m., Kepner Funeral, 900 National Rd., Wheeling (304-233-2732). A memorial service will be held on Monday March 4 at 11 a.m. at Kepner Funeral Home with Reverend Mark E. Seitz officiating. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family at Greenwood Cemetery.

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Virginia Adkins

ADKINS, Virginia “Ginnie,” 87, of Wheeling passed away Thursday, February 28, 2013 at Liza’s Place.

Friends will be received Sunday, March 3, 2013 from 1-5 p.m. at Kepner Funeral Home, 900 National Rd., Wheeling, where a service will be held Monday, March 4, 2013 at 11 a.m.