Virginia Lee White

A memorial visitation for Virginia Lee White, 97, Lawrence, will be held Saturday, February 20, 2021, from 11 am to 1 pm at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Inurnment will take place at about 3 pm at Horton Cemetery, Horton, Kan.

Virginia Lee White, born April 19, 1923, in Powhattan, Kan., passed away on Sunday, February 7, 2021, at Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community, Lawrence. She was 97 years old and the daughter of Orland J. and Helen Hunsaker Williams. Attending grade school in a one-room school near her family farm at Powhattan, she graduated from Horton High School in 1941, then graduated from Highland Junior College near Hiawatha.

Mrs. White taught elementary grade in a one room school in Horton.

She married Robert (Bob) White of Willis, Kan. on January 16, 1946, in Horton. He passed away on May 7, 2004, at the age of 81.

Mrs. White lived in Evansville, Ind. From 1949 to 1966, when the Whites with their three children, Sheryl, Lonnie, and Randall moved to Lawrence, Kansas.

As a member of First United Methodist Church for many years, she held several positions, and was active in Women’s Society of Christian Service (WSCS) and United Methodist Women.

Joining the No Name Literary Club in 1968, she was a member for many years, served as president three times, and held several other offices. She was a member of the University Dinner Bridge Club. She enjoyed working parttime in Ladies Ready to Wear at Weaver’s Department Store in downtown Lawrence for 11 years, retiring in 1985.

Survivors include children Lonnie White and Randall White. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bob, a daughter Sheryl Stewart, and siblings Clyde, Lorraine, and Betty.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the First United Methodist Church, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.

Messages & Condolences

From Connie Daniels...

My condolences to the White family. Virginia was such a sweet lady , I knew her when she lived at Prairie Commons. She was loved by all!!

From Barbara Wiley...

My parents (Odell & Mary Wiley) were good friends with Bob and Virginia and so enjoyed their times together. The neighborhood group is now together again as all have passed. Rest in peace Virginia.

From Debra...

Lonnie, Randy, Amy, and family;
Aunt Virginia will always be with us. I never ever forget coming to visit when I was able to get home, and somehow she always had some Sugar Crisps stashed away, she was like Grandma Williams, she always had my favorite pie waiting. One of my biggest regrets was being far away and never getting home more often. & until later years she always remembered birthdays.

From Bob & Mary LeGer...

Lonnie & Randy, so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Our thoughts & prayers are with the two of you at this difficult time.

From Shirley Anderson...

Lonnie and Randall, your mother was a dear friend for so many years. I first met Virginia when I joined No Name in 1974. Through the years we became very good friends. I will miss our visits. But just so you know, I am a better person today for having your Mother in my life. My thoughts and prayers to you. She loved her sons very much. RIP my friend.

From Jean Burrows Truman...

My Mother (Beverly Burrows) was a close friend of Virginia’s from FUMC. They were active in church circle and No Names together. I remember visiting Virginia at Weavers when she used to work there.
I am sorry for your loss – what a great lady!

From Deborah Norwood and Marilyn Cool...

Virginia lived next to my sister, Marilyn, at Pioneer Ridge when she first moved there. She was always so good to check in on Marilyn and made sure she had everything she needed. She was that way with everyone. Even in the dining room, Virginia checked in on others around her making sure they were eating well.
We often told her how impressed we were at the many colorful outfits with fun buttons she had made which always brought on her lovely smile.
Virginia was a genuine gem and a gift to the world. We will miss her.

From Carma Glas...

Lonnie and Randall, so many wonderful memories of your mom. The words that come to mind to express how special she was is thoughtfulness, kindness and caring. The time we all shared at the Nursing Home cookout meant the world to her, being surrounded by her two sons and friends, food and laughter. And oh how she cherished when her special friend Linda would make sure her beautiful handmade clothing were all hung in matching sets to make it easy for those that would dress her. She was cherished and will be missed by many!

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