Virginia J. Stearns January 23, 2017

CARBONDALE — Virginia J. Stearns after enjoying and making memories with her earthly family for 92 years joined her eternal family Jan. 23, 2017. She had been in Marshall Browning Hospital in Du Quoin.

Virginia was born Jan. 17, 1925, to Elta and Alma Travelstead Lipe in rural Carbondale.

On Sept. 25, 1942, she was united in marriage to John N. Stearns who passed away Dec. 15, 1988. Virginia is survived by one son, Donnie (Sally) Stearns of Vienna; one daughter, Vonda K. Summers of Carbondale; two grandsons, Darren and John (Amy) Summers of Carbondale; one granddaughter, Bambi Stearns of Anna; two great-grandchildren, James Levi and Savannah Summers of Carbondale; two stepgrandsons, Jerry and Gary (Judy) Murray, and great-stepgranddaughter, Danielle Murray, all of Vienna; two sisters, Juanita Etherton of LeRoy, and Carolyn Cano of Murphysboro; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one son, Richard; one son-in-law, James Summers; and three brothers and three sisters.

Virginia was a member of the Murdale Baptist Church, Rebekah 220, and DAVA Chapter 69.

Virginia worked many years as a bookkeeper for the business John and she owned Stearns Heating Air Conditioning, and served as an election judge for the Jackson County Republican Party until she became ill.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27, in Huffman, Harker, Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale, with the Rev. Paul Hicks officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Carbondale. Visitations will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Jan. 26 and from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the DAVA Chapter 69 or Rebekah 220 and envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

The family wants to say a big thank you to Dr. John Hayes and all the staff at Marshall Browning Hospital and the administrator, Merle Taylor and all of the staff at the Du Quoin Nursing and Rehab for their hospitality, care and love they showed both to the patient and family.

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