Tuesday, January 11th Virginia Sullentrup, devoted wife and loving mother of 3 children passed away at the age of 79.
Virginia was born on July 08, 1942 to Martin and Mabel Bauer in the town of Greensburg, Kansas. Oldest of 5 children, she was the boss and the brains behind a very efficient unit of troublemaking and mud pie baking in the early years, sometimes with garnishes as extravagant as alfalfa seed. Virginia was an early reader and read to her siblings while her parents worked on the farm in Sharon, KS. When confronted with a word she didn’t know she would simply yell the word and it’s spelling out the back door toward the barn where her mother Mabel would yell back the meaning. Virginia had an extensive vocabulary. The family eventually moved to Garden City, Kansas where she graduated high school in 1960, while being a popular babysitter and Teacher’s Aid. One thing I remember her saying about her time babysitting was with one child that disagreed with her about doing something. The child told her “I don’t hat to I don’t want to”, I remember mom saying that on several occasions when we were being obstinate as children. Virginia went to junior college and then to Weaver Airline School where she graduated as a teletype operator for Delta Airlines in 1962. She moved to Atlanta, GA and then to Saint Louis, MO where she met her husband, George. They were married in Saint Francis Borgia Church on June 15, 1968. Virginia left Delta in 1969 and moved with her husband to the Sullentrup family farm in Washington, MO. There they raised 3 children. Virginia began work at Motor Appliance Corporation where she was employed for over 30 years. While working a full-time job, coming home and working in the dairy, she still made time to help with our homework and read to us before bed. Virginia was always kind, strong and generous.
Virginia leaves behind her children, Lynn Carson and husband Mike, son Paul, and grandson Jacob. She also leaves behind her siblings, Darlene Smith and husband Bill, Kenneth Bauer and wife Jenny, Eileen Jewell, Lois Bauer and husband Steve Mitchell, brother-in-law Charles Sullentrup and wife Phyllis, sister-in-law Betty Gordon. 3 nieces and 3 nephews.
Virginia was preceded in death by both of her parents, daughter Pamela, brother-in-law Tim Gordon, brother-in-law Rick Jewell, and her husband George.
Visitation will be Friday, January 21st from 5-8pm at the Nieburg-Vitt, Miller Funeral Home, 1206 Jefferson St, Washington, MO. The Funeral will be Saturday, January 22nd 10am at Saint Francis Borgia Church, burial in the Saint Francis Cemetery. Lunch will be served after the funeral in the Franciscan room at the Jesuit Hall, 115 Cedar St Washington, MO.
Memorials would be preferred in lieu of flowers to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
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