Virginia Shoemaker, 84, died Sunday, March 6, 2011, at her home with her daughter and family, in Tecumseh. She was born Oct. 10, 1926, in Warren, Ohio, to Scott and Shirley (Shaw) Willet. On Oct. 16, 1944, Virginia married William Duane Shoemaker in Weston, Mich. He preceded her in death on Oct. 24, 2004, after 60 years of marriage. Virginia was employed as a youth specialist with Adrian Training School for 13 years, retiring in 1972. She was an avid gardener and served as a columnist for the Morenci Observer for 26 years. She also served on the Morenci City Council.
Surviving Virginia are three sons, William (Mickey) Shoemaker, Jr. of Concord, N.H., Thomas (Beth) Shoemaker of Pensacola, Fla. and Nick (Cheryl) Shoemaker of Adrian; two daughters, Linda Crow of Toledo, and Judith (Gary) Hicks of Tecumseh; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, Duane, she was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters, Margaret, Audrey, Marian, and Marilyn; and two brothers, Scott and Russell.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service and celebration of Virginia’s life will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2011, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Milestones, 139 W. Main St., Morenci, Mich.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.andersonfuneralhomeadriantecumseh.com
Memorial contributions may be made to the Morenci Tree Planting Fund, the Morenci Library or Little Garden Club.. Arrangements are under the direction of the Tecumseh Chapel of the Anderson Funeral Home.