Dec 18, 1923 - Feb 11, 2012 OKLAHOMA CITY Virginia Elizabeth Specht Straughn was born in OKC to Louis and Bertha Whelan Specht and passed away at Mercy Hospital in OKC. She grew up on a farm outside of Piedmont, OK and attended Piedmont schools. She married Fred M. Straughn on Oct. 22, 1946. Virginia had many joys in life, including watching her three sons play baseball, baking her famous pumpkin and meringue pies and attending OU football games with her family. She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years; her parents; brother, Eugene Specht; and brother-in-law, Leamon Johnson. Virginia is survived by sister, Mary L. Johnson; her sons and their wives: Fred L. Straughn and Linda, of Granbury, TX; Robert L. Straughn and Debbie, of OKC; James P. Straughn and Karel, of Nashville, TN; five grandchildren: Chris and wife Leigh, of Dallas, TX; Jamie Straughn Buemi and husband Paul of Coatesville, PA; Jonathan Straughn and wife Lane, of Norman, OK; David Straughn, of Bethany, OK; and Shannon Straughn, of Nashville, TN. Eight great-grandchildren also survive her: Walter Straughn, Sam Straughn, Harry Straughn and Callum Straughn, of Dallas, TX; Allison Buemi and Aaron Buemi, of Coatesville, PA; and Olivia Straughn and Lilly Straughn, of Norman, OK. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, with a Wake to follow at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church, with burial to follow at Resurrection Memorial Cemetery.
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Published in The Oklahoman on Feb. 14, 2012