Edwards, Virginia

Written by David Green.

Virginia  Kirby Edwards, 87, of Bedford, W. Va., died Sunday, May 21, 2006.  In her later years, she lived with her daughters, half the year in in Centerville, Va., and half in Morenci. She was born May 29, 1919 in Elkhorn, W. Va., a daughter of the late Roland Gale Kirby and Virginia Gray Kirby.

She was an avid quilter and a charter member of the Peaks and Pieces Quilt Guild. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star of Mt. Hope, W. Va., a member of Trinity Baptist Church of Bedford, Va., and an active friend of the Bedford City/County Museum and the Bedford County Library.  She hand-quilted a wall hanging of barns for Stair Public Library as a lasting legacy of the Smithsonian Institution Barn Again! exhibit at the library. The wall hanging remains on permanent display in the Liz Stella Annex.

Virginia is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth (and Giovanni) Stella of Morenci  and Sylvia (and Robert) S. Hall of Centreville,  Va.; five grandchildren, Jon (and Maria), Greg, Andrew, Bruce (and Mary), and Teresa (and David); five great-grandchildren, Leah, Jane, Annie, Nikolas, Rachel; two sisters, Dorothy Jeter of Mt. Hope, W. Va., and Jane (and Bob) Myers of Midland, Texas; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Kirby of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Nellie Kirby of Huntington, W. Va.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Virginia  was preceded in death by her first husband, Denzyl D. Smith, and her husband, Russell Browning Edwards; two brothers, Roland Kirby and Frank Kirby.

Visitation is scheduled today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Tharp Funeral Home in Bedford, Va. Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m., tomorrow, Thursday.

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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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