Virginia Ellen Thurber

Virginia Ellen Thurber

January 12, 1917 - January 31, 2019

            Virginia Ellen Thurber, 102, of  Bay City, Texas, passed away January 31, 2019. She was born January 12, 1917 in Independence, Kansas to Leonard and Lula Hall Sexton.

            Virginia grew up in Independence, Kansas during the great depression of the late 1920's and 1930's. After attending public school she became a beautician and completed one year of business school. When World War II came along in 1942 she received a civil service rating while working at the Holabird ammunition plant in Baltimore, Maryland. 

            After the war, she opened up a beauty salon in Neodesha, Kansas and ran it until she and the family moved to Old Ocean, Texas in 1947. After moving to Old Ocean she began a career with the post office and worked there until she retired in 1980. After retirement she volunteered as a Pink Lady at Sweeny Community Hospital.   

            Virginia is preceded in death by her parents; husband, William W. Thurber; daughter, Hope Collier; and son, Jack L. Thurber.

            She is survived by daughter, Ann Tatsch and husband Rodney of Helotes, Texas; son, William L. Thurber and wife Kathy of Sugar Valley, Texas; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and six great-great grandchildren.

            The family will receive friends and relatives beginning at 1 p.m. Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. Services will follow visitation at 2 p.m.

            Interment will follow at Sweeny Cemetery in Sweeny, Texas.

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            Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, Texas; 979-245-4613.