Virginia "Jenny" Lillie Eckart, 97, of Bedford, VA, passed peacefully on Aug. 31, 2016 from her earthly home to her heavenly home while surrounded by her loving family. She was eleven days shy of her 98th birthday. She was predeceased by her parents, Michael Eckart and Mary Hanning Eckart; two sisters, Lena Watson and Bertha Wilkerson; two brothers, Arthur Eckart and Edward Eckart; and two husbands, Marshall Wingfield and Archie Walker; son-in-law Robert Stevens. Virginia is survived by her daughter, Mary W. Stevens; three sons, Richard W. Wingfield (Dianne), Charles E. Walker (Penny) and William J. Walker (Melissa); eleven grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; a special nephew, Paul Eckart and numerous other nieces and nephews; Virginia also leaves behind her two special friends, Nell Blandford and Ethel Goad; and her furry companions, Tom and Momma Kitty. She was the matriarch of her family. She was a wonderful cook who enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. It was nothing for 50-60 people who would gather for fellowship to enjoy her fabulous chili or to celebrate the holidays. Virginia was a charter member of Laural Grove Presbyterian Church which she attended faithfully until it closed. Her family would like to thank Centra Bedford Hospice and her loving and devoted daughter, Mary W. Stevens for their care in this most difficult of times. â€œWe love you mother, and may you rest in peace in God's eternal flower garden. A funeral service was conducted Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 officiated by Lay Minister Edmond DeBerry. She was laid to rest in Oakwood Cemetery in Bedford. To send condolences online please visit tharpfuneralhome.com. Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory Bedford is assisting the family.
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Published in Bedford Bulletin from Sept. 7 to Sept. 8, 2016