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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