VIRGINIA HANNUM (1912 - 2019)

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Service Information
D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Homes - Lakeside Park
1140 Lake Ave
Fort Wayne, IN
46805
(260)-426-9494
Visitation
Monday, Nov. 25, 2019
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
1122 S. Calhoun Street
Fort Wayne, IN
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Service
Monday, Nov. 25, 2019
10:00 AM
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
1122 S. Calhoun Street
Fort Wayne, IN
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Notice

HANNUM Virginia G. Hannum (Age 106) Passed away Sunday November 17, 2019 at Saint Anne Home and Retirement Community of Fort Wayne, IN. She was born December 16, 1912 in Chicago, Il to the late Lauren and Theresa Griffith. Virginia was raised in Fort Wayne. Upon graduation from St. Augustine's Academy with honors, she was awarded a four-year scholarship to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. Upon graduation she entered the teaching profession at Marywood High School in Evanston, Il. She would return to Fort Wayne to Huntertown High School and Elmhurst Hight School. She began her study in Speech and English at Northwestern University while still at Elmhurst. She left before completion to enter the American Red Cross (ARC) in 1943. Virginia proudly served in the Red Cross as a club supervisor, first with the 8th Air Force in England then moving to the mainland of Europe with other units of the Army Air Corps. When the clubs and canteens were closed in 1948, Virginia continued to serve with the Red Cross operations at VA hospitals in Michigan andTexas. At the beginning of the hostilities in Korea, Virginia was tasked by the ARC to establish a network of Red Cross clubs and canteens for UN troops in Korea. She was very successful in achieving that assignment and as a bonus, she met the love of her life who would soon become her husband, Lt Col Calvin Hannum. Virginia remained active with the Red Cross until age 100. As an army wife, Virginia traveled to Fort Knox, Norfolk and Washington, DC. During Cal's service they also lived in France, Germany and Turkey. While living abroad, Virginia continued her volunteer work and also took advantage of the opportunity to travel. When Cal retired from the army, they continued living in the Washington, DC, area. Virginia not only volunteered, she returned to teaching school at St. Michael's Catholic School in Annandale, VA. She was very effective in instilling a love of speech and debate into many 7th graders. During this time Virginia also served as a lector at St. Michael's and as the trainer for other lectors. While still teaching at St. Michaels, Virginia began masters studies in spirituality. She was awarded a Master of Arts and Spirituality from Notre Dame Institute in Arlington, Virginia, at the age of 83. A devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great-grandmother, Ginny was a living example of her faith. Considering no one a stranger, she embraced all she met with her warmth and kindness. We who have been privileged to know her will miss her infectious smile, her hearty laugh and the kindness she wrapped around us when we were with her. A truly Valiant Woman, she will be greatly missed. Virginia returned to Fort Wayne in 1998. She will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery with Cal, who passed away in 1977. Virginia is survived by her son, David (Susan) Hannum of Kokomo, IN and daughter, Marie Hannum of Sarasota, FL, daughter-in-law, Sherry Hannum of Manassas VA, brother, James B. Griffith of Fort Wayne, IN; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchild. She was preceded by her husband, Col. Calvin S Hannum, son, Robert V. Hannum, brothers, F. Donald Griffith, Lawrence C. Griffith, Robert N. Griffith, Thomas C. Griffith, John O'Neil Griffith and a sister, Sister Mary Richard Griffith. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Red Cross Allen County Fort Wayne Chapter, or St. Mary of-the-Woods College Terre Haute, IN. or Virginia Society for Human Life. To sign the online guestbook go to www.mccombandsons.com www.mccombandsons.com
Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 2, 2019
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