September 7, 2019 was a beautiful late summer day when Virginia Ruth Carroll went to her heavenly home, surrounded by family. Virginia was born July 27, 1922 in Washington, Indiana to Ralph and Lura (Colbert) Hart. Lura Hart died in 1926 and Virginia and her brother Louis were adopted and raised by their maternal grandparents Chapman and Liza Colbert. Louis died in a car/bicycle accident January 6, 1938. Virginia graduated from Washington High School and contributed to the WWII war effort by sewing parachutes in a Washington factory and was a member of the Cornettsville United Methodist Church.
Claude Dixon (Dick) Carroll (deceased May 13, 1995) met Virginia on a double date. He was not supposed to be her date that evening, but her friend wanted to go out with the other guy so Dick was her date by default. They were married December 30, 1942. Virginia was the quintessential farm wife. She gardened, canned, sewed, baked amazing bread, kept suppers warm late and rose early. Virginia and Dick were blessed with three sons. David and his wife Connie of Plainville, Dan (deceases April 17, 1976) and Leon and his wife Rhonda of Plainville; her half-sister, Cheryolyn Hart of Alhambra, CA; her grandchildren, Christy Carroll, Mattie Carroll Raber (David), Ryan Carroll (Tabbitha), Jake Carroll, and Justin Carroll (Jennifer) have a rich legacy of Grandma Carroll stories to share with her great grandchildren Kaitlyn, Zayne, Hunter, Kohen, Jaxon, and scheduled to Join them in 2019 Juleonna Carroll. Granddaughter Courtney Carroll is deceased. Waiting to greet her on the rainbow bridge were her fury companions, Pepper, Troup, Ralph, Goldie, Spitz, Molly, and Psycho Kitty.
Although Virginia survived many heartbreaking events in her life, the early deaths of her mother and brother, loosing her son Dan in a car wreck, the death of a granddaughter, Dick’s long debilitating illness and her own challenges with diabetes and dementia she maintained a positive outlook. None of this sadness ever led her to a place of self-pity or bitterness.
One of Virginia’s greatest pleasures was family wiener and marshmallow roasts, often accompanied by making ice cream. This usually took place in a pasture behind the home she and Dick shared for 53 years. It is without a doubt that she ate the most marshmallows, burned of course.
Each of her family have special memories to hold dear in their hearts. The family encourages the reading of Proverbs 31:25-31 to understand the value of her days on Earth. She was the soul of the family.
A Celebration of Virginia’s life will be at 10:00 am Friday, September 13. 2019 at Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home, 2020 State Street, Washington. Burial will follow in the Plainville Cemetery. Friends and family may visit for 4-8 pm Thursday at the funeral home. The family request that those who wish to honor Virginia, do so by contributing to the Travis Burkhardt Foundation or the Daviess County Friends for Animals.