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Trent, Virginia Ratcliff A beloved wife, mother and grandmother, well known St. Louisan and respected community and civic leader, died on August 22, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late William F. Trent, Jr., her devoted husband of 51 years, loving mother of Faye Trent Henderson (Gib), Deborah Trent Sebben (Jim) and loving grandmother of Christina Faye Henderson and Helen Virginia Trent Zell. Virginia applied her vast experience as a public relations professional to assist and benefit numerous St. Louis civic and charitable organizations including the National Society of Arts and Letters, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, St. Patrick's Center, The Advertising Club of Greater St. Louis, The Barnard Free Skin and Cancer Hospital, the Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis, and the Rotary International. A native Texan, Virginia attended Lindenwood University, where she was president of the student body, and received a Bachelors' of Music Education. She was conferred a Master of Music Education degree from the University of Texas. Her continuing education doctoral credits in sacred music included Westminster Choir College, the Organ Institute, Salem College and Southern Methodist University. Virginia's stellar professional career highlights include Organ and Music Director at Salem Methodist Church of Ladue, Senior Director of Planning at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University, Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations at St. Louis Children's Hospital and owner and president of Virginia Trent Special Events. Her countless community and civic endeavors, just to name a few, included Chairman, Junior Division of Women's Association of the St. Louis Symphony, President of the Advertising Federation of St. Louis, Board of Govenors' member of the Advertising Club of Greater St. Louis, President of Ladue Chapel Nursery School and Founder of the Mari de Villa Speakers' series. Some of Virginia's accolades for her numerous community service initiatives include 1998 Media Person of the Year, as well as Media Woman of the year, 2001 prestigious Woman of Achievement Award for Social Responsibility and 2011 honoree as a St. Andrew's Ageless Remarkable St. Louisan, for her significant enduring contributions to the community. A long time and faithful member of Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church, she served as a lector, member of the Communications Committee and most recently, a member of the Organ Committee Task Force bringing her musical genius to the organ selection process. Virginia will be missed by her family and legion of lifelong friends. She has left an indelible legacy and touched the lives of all who knew her. Her commitment and involvement in the St. Louis community stand as a testimony to the goodness of the human spirit. Services: A memorial service to celebrate her rich and accomplished life will be held at Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church, 9450 Clayton Road, Ladue on Friday, September 18th at 11:00 a.m. Immediately following the service, the family will greet friends in the Gathering Place. Private Interment. If desired, in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Ladue Chapel Virginia R. Trent Memorial Fund. A SERVICE OF LUPTON CHAPEL
Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch from Aug. 23 to Aug. 30, 2015
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