Almost 93 years ago, Virginia Milton Timberlake was born to George and Blanche Timberlake in Richmond, Virginia. She was the youngest of six children and a descendant of Martha Washington. Her five siblings, Imogene, Lewis (Brother), Elizabeth, John D., and Lucille have all predeceased her.
She flourished "in the country" and at the age of 3 years moved into the big city Alexandria, Virginia. Later in life, as a consummate story teller, Virginia was full of stories from her childhood of going to the movies on a nickel, the travels Uncle Willie and Aunt Musa, her mother making the best baking powder biscuits and 3 minute cake and more.
Virginia was graduated from Ferrum School (now Ferrum College) in 1937 and then commuted to the bigger city (Washington, D.C.) to work at the "telephone company" in the "public office." She met her husband, Leroy Tengwall, while on a blind date. She didn't like him, initially. At that time Roy was working at a mortuary and attending law school. He would sometimes pick up Virginia in the "Death Car" and wear a suit he taken off a client that had a bullet hole in it. They were married in 1942 and moved to Long Island, New York, for a short period before Leroy was stationed, by the Army, in Hawaii for the duration of WWII. Virginia moved back home to save sugar and cherish nylons.
In 1947 Virginia's first child, David was born in Jamestown, New York. He was so special that he was carried on a pillow by his mother.
Life being an adventure and full of opportunities, the small Tengwall family ventured out to Minnesota and the small town of West Concord, in 1947, where Leroy established himself as "a small town lawyer." Virginia joined all the ladies functions, programs and committees she could fit into her life. She was a den mother of Boy Scott Troop #58; chairwoman of the Dodge County Republican Woman's' Group; a Brownie leader; a poor bridge player; member of the Ladies Circle at the Methodist Church; a golfer; an election judge; a worker on blood drives; a chairman the American Cancer Society Dodge County; among many others.
Virginia was a dedicated mother; her second child, Linda, was born in 1950; and wife and daughter and sister and aunt and friend. Her roles as grandmother and great-grandmother were cherished but sadly long distant. She will be remembered as a very generous soul, who loved and cared deeply, who could play bingo any day, would tell a long, involved joke and planned on living until she reached the age of 112.
She was very proud of her family. She was survived by her special and revered son, David; her beautiful daughters Linda and Cathy; four incredible grandchildren, Christopher (Alicia), Matthew (Karen), Sarah (Joe) and Benjamin (Becky); ten outstanding great-grandchildren, Keaton, Griffin, Landon, Riley, Evan, Parker, Jake, Molly, Jack and Sadie Rose; and one super grand-dog, Jack. Her husband predeceased her in 1987.
Virginia's family will hold a Memorial Service on April 27th, at United Methodist Church in Dodge Center, Minnesota, at 1:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to your local hospice.