Virginia B. Bryant, age 88, longtime Emmetsburg resident, died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, at a hospital in Pender, NE.
Funeral services will be Thursday, Jan. 26, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Emmetsburg at 1 p.m. Visitation is two hours prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery.
Virginia was born in rural Emmetsburg on Sept. 14, 1923, to Arthur Henry Thompson and Edith Lillie Hahn Thompson. She attended school and graduated from Emmetsburg High School where she was the school's first Homecoming Queen. She received Normal Training during High School and later taught two years at a country school.
On Feb. 26, 1943, Virginia married George O. Bryant in Fairmont, MN. To this union two daughters were born, Georgia and Barbara.
George and Virginia managed the Emmetsburg Airport for nearly 40 years. Virginia was an excellent seamstress and enjoyed crocheting and knitting. Since the early 1970's, they spent winters in Florida where they enjoyed playing golf until George's death in 1996. For over 50 years, George and Virginia, and later only Virginia, were part of a group of lifelong friends from the airport who dined together nearly every Sunday night until she moved in 2009 to live closer to family in Pender, NE. She resided at an assisted Living in Pender until May of 2011 where she then moved to a long term care facility.
Virginia is survived by her two daughters, Georgia (Dennie) Munderloh of Pender, NE and Barbara (Al) Ferrell of Topeka, KS. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Kristine (Scott) Levine of Greensboro, NC, Stephen (Amy) Munderloh of Wakefield, NE, Andrea (Stephen) Morgan of Kansas City, MO and Bradford Framke of Williston, ND; along with five great grandchildren, Benjamin, Nathan, and Jackson Levine, and Anthony and Lauren Munderloh.
Virginia was preceded in death by her husband George; her parents and a brother William A. Thompson.
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