EARNSHAW, Virginia Watson, 102, died April 20, 2013, at her residence in Annapolis, MD.
She was born January 6, 1911, in Cameron, West Virginia, the daughter of George Rogers Watson and Nelle Jemison Watson. She was a resident of Annapolis, having moved there from Alexandria, VA, upon retirement from Federal Government service.
After graduation from Cameron High School, she attended Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio (now a part of Miami University of Ohio) for two years before transferring to Ohio State University where she earned a B.S. degree in Education. She attended West Virginia University Graduate School while teaching in the Marshall County school system. Upon receiving an appointment to a position in the Department of State, she moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked, not only in the State Department, but in various other federal agencies during her 29 years in government service. During this time she earned a Master’s degree at Catholic University of America in Washington. She also completed a course in modeling at Southeastern University.
After holding the position of Division Chief of the Library Services Division in the Federal Aviation Agency, she transferred to the Naval Air Systems Command where she retired as Director of Library and Information Services. She was the author to two published works used for cataloging and classifying aviation publications and has been included in several biographical works including Who’s Who in America and World Who’s Who of Women.
While residing in Alexandria, Virginia was a volunteer in the Gray Lady Service of the American Red Cross. She was also a volunteer worker in the White House office of Betty Ford. In Annapolis her volunteer activities included the Anne Arundel Hospital, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Republican Party and the Bicentennial Commission. She was a member of the Peggy Stewart Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Republican Women of Anne Arundel County, Friends of the Annapolis Symphony, Auxiliary of Anne Arundel Medical Center, the Mitchell Art Gallery of St. John’s College, Retired Teachers Association, International Club of Annapolis, National Association of Retired Federal Employees and Eastport United Methodist Church. Her love of travel took her to many interesting and exotic places around the world.
She is survived by one son, George W. Earnshaw of Davidsonville, MD; three grandchildren, Jaye Pearce of Red House, VA, William E. Earnshaw of Ocala FL and Jacqueline M. Dean of Arnold, MD; 11 great-grandchildren and one niece.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Robert J. Watson of Triadelphia, WV.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 25, at 2 p.m. at Eastport United Methodist Church, 926 Bay Ridge Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21403. A reception will follow at 3 p.m. at Quiet Waters Welcome Center Cafe in Annapolis.
Memorial contributions in Virginia’s memory can be made to Eastport United Methodist Church or Heartland Hospice, 12304 Baltimore Avenue, Suite A, Beltsville, MD 20705.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.johnmtaylorfuneralhome.com.