Ivy Frame White, 86, of Charles City County, Virginia, passed away February 4, 2005. She is survived by her two sons, lots of grandchildren, and great-grandkids. She had 18 brothers and sisters. As the oldest daughter, she was forced to quit school in the third grade and take care of her siblings when her mother died. She taught herself to read and do math. She finally left home in West Virginia at age 21, "to get away from my wicked stepmother and I never looked back". Later in life, she became a single mom (when no one was a single mom) and reared two sons by herself. She stopped going to church "when the preachers tried to tell me how to raise my kids". She was very proud that both her sons, Bob and Don, put themselves through college and became successful businessmen. Don, in a recent magazine article, attributed his success to her, and her teaching a positive attitude about all things. She loved "dressing up" and remained a beauty throughout her life. She helped raise all her grandchildren and always had room and love for a stray or errant offspring. She had a dry sense of humor. All the children loved her cooking and their sizes attest to her cooking ability. Bob especially loved her made from scratch lemon meringue pie, that was served on all special occasions. The family will receive friends 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Bliley Funeral Homes' Chippenham Chapel, 6900 Hull Street Rd. A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Monday at the White Family Cemetery atCabaret-on-the-James, Charles City County, Va. A huge hole has been left in our hearts by her passing.
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Published by Richmond Times-Dispatch on Feb. 6, 2005.