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Virginia Wilson Chandler

Mrs. John E. Chandler

Shreveport, LA - A memorial service celebrating the life of Virginia Mitcham W. Chandler will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 27, 2013, in the Chapel of Osborn Funeral Home. Officiating will be Dr. Tom Harrison. Burial will follow at Forest Park Cemetery, St. Vincent Ave. She moved to heaven on Tuesday, September 24, 2013. Visitation will be held from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 26, at Osborn Funeral Home.

Ginny was born August 1, 1926, on Ferguson Farm near Bernice, LA. She was a descendant of the Union Parish pioneer families: Mitcham, Ferguson, Heard, Digby and Key. She was a resident of Shreveport since 1940.

She was a member of Broadmoor Baptist Church and former member of Queensborough/Willow Point and Lakeshore Baptist Churches where she served as nursery director for many years. In her younger years she was a member of First Baptist Church, Shreveport.

Ginny attended Fair Park High School, Centenary College and Northwestern State University, majoring in journalism and belonged to Tri-Sigma Sorority.

She worked for the Shreveport Times in 1946 when she married James H. Wilson who along with her son preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Olen and Leita F. Mitcham; sister, Wanda M. Rinehart; brother-in-law, Mack Rinehart; husband, John E. Chandler; and brother-in-law, Thomas C. Lewis.

In March 1976 she married John Chandler and they treasured their time together. They appreciated the beauty of God's creation, the comfort of their home, traveling, watching sports, reading, good music and laughter.

Ginny liked art, the color blue, was a talented homemaker and cherished her family and friends. She loved being a wife and mother and supported her son's school activities. She was the lady beside two men of the "greatest generation", Jimmy and John both having served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater during World War II. She was a lady of deep faith, her love showed as she cared for and encouraged family and friends.

Surviving her is her sister, Patsy M. Lewis; nieces, Julie L. Boatner and husband, Eric, Leita L. Boatman and husband, Terry; nephew, Chuck Rinehart and wife, Karen; great-nieces, Sandi, Molly and Melody; and great nephews, Neil, Aaron and Jonathan; step-son, John Chandler, Jr. and wife, Christie; step-daughter, Kimberly Fayard and husband, Rob; step-grandchildren, Adam, Luke, Gil, Trey, Robby and Grady; and step-great grandchildren, Caleb and Lyla.

Ginny's gentle contented spirit will endure in our memories. Hers was a life of giving and encouraging. She loved reading her Bible and had many favorite scriptures, one being- "Share each other's burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2.

Pallbearers will be Eric Boatner, Jonathan Boatner, Aaron Boatman, Dr. Jerry Ferguson, Chuck Rinehart and Neil Rinehart.


Published in Shreveport Times on Sept. 26, 2013
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