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Virginia Emery Obituary
Virginia Husmann Emery, loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend, passed away on August 24, 2014 at the age of 87 in Houston, Texas. A strong willed and confident woman, Virginia devoted her life to her husband and family.
Virginia was born on March 12, 1927 in Houston, Texas to Margaret and Arthur Husmann. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in 1944 where she was voted "Best All-Around Senior." Virginia attended Texas State College for Women (now Texas Woman's University). On December 16, 1950, Virginia married Neil Emery, and they enjoyed 63 years as a loving, inseparable couple. Virginia and Neil lived an incredible life together filled with great friends, worldwide and wonderful travel and a loving family. Virginia is predeceased by her cherished husband, Neil, who passed away on January 1, 2014.
A devoted mother of three girls, Virginia served as a Girl Scout Troop Leader with vigor. She was a member of the Houston Junior Forum and a member of Chapelwood United Methodist Church, where she was a proud member of the Candlelighters Sunday School class. As a breast cancer survivor, Virginia volunteered for Reach To Recovery and was an active member of Cancer Fighters. Virginia also volunteered for many years at Memorial Assistance Ministries where she was socially progressive in counseling her clients.
Virginia was an active woman who enjoyed tennis and golf. Virginia promoted a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise long before it became fashionable. Virginia loved her bridge groups and dinner clubs. She had many interests, including entertaining, interior design and investing. She was a child of the Depression and was very frugal. In her later years, Virginia could be found on most evenings sitting on a lawn chair in her front yard where her wonderful neighbors would gather to visit. She was always the center of attention.
Virginia loved to shop and always dressed with style. She was a combination of beauty, elegance, graciousness, humor and perseverance.
Virginia loved her girls and grandchildren, family gatherings, family vacations in Colorado, golf trips to North Carolina with Neil, dogs, hot tea, a glass of white wine, and Milky Ways, but most of all, she loved Neil. Virginia is survived by her daughter, Lynn Byrne and husband Tim, Lisa Miller and husband David, Laurie Pretorius and husband Mark, grandchildren Lauren Byrne, Brian Byrne, Kyle Miller and wife Emily, Scott Miller, Kate Ewing and husband Brent, Kelly Waller and husband Matt, and David Pretorius. Virginia was a proud great grandmother of Emma Byrne and Mason, Tanner and Kayla Ewing.
The family would like to thank the many friends of Virginia and Neil for their kindness and support. A private family memorial service celebrating Virginia's life will be held at a later date. In accordance with Neil's request, their ashes will be combined and spread at special places which impacted their lives. In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions may be directed to Memorial Assistance Ministries, 1625 Blalock Road, Houston, TX 77080, Chapelwood Foundation, 11140 Greenbay, Houston, TX 77024 or the

Published in Houston Chronicle on Aug. 31, 2014
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