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Virginia Page (Wilson) Woods

January 3, 1928 ~ November 2, 2023 (age 95) 95 Years Old

Virginia Woods Obituary

Virginia (Wilson) Woods passed from this life on Thursday, November 2, 2023 while under the care of the Rehabilitation Center of Lisbon. Visitation will be held on Monday, November 6th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Fry Funeral Home, Tipton. Funeral services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Mechanicsville beginning at 10:30 am with burial to follow at Rosehill Cemetery. All are invited to a reception back at the church.

On January 3, 1928, Virginia Page was born to Dr. and Mrs. F.M. Wilson at the hotel her grandfather Page had built. Raised mostly by her beloved grandmother, Alice (Furman) Page, and Obedia “Juddie” Judd, Virginia spoke of a magical childhood riding horses, playing with neighborhood children, entertaining hotel guests, visiting the town’s merchants, and going to farms with her veterinarian father. She loved being outdoors, especially at the mill pond.

Doc, Pagie, Virginia and sister Barbara moved into a new house on main street in 1940. As many in her generation did, she walked from there, barefoot, in a blizzard, to school going uphill both ways.

She graduated from Mechanicsville High School and attended Mary Washington College for two years and her junior year at the University of Iowa studying political science.

In 1948, Virginia eloped with the love of her life, William “Bill” Woods, and spent nearly 61 years together even though friends said it wouldn’t last.

Bill and Virginia remained on one of the family’s two Iowa Heritage Farms, where they raised four “wonderful,” active children (her words, not mine): Richard, Karen, Kent and Mary Lea.

Virginia was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church of Mechanicsville, the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary, and the local garden club. She was also instrumental in founding the Veteran’s Park and the Mechanicsville History Center. She loved reading romance novels, flower and Hosta gardening, needlework, crossword puzzles, Biaggi’s, new shoes, and worrying.

Virginia is preceded in death by husband Bill (2009), daughter Karen Damron (2021), and sister Barbara Skerry (2022). She is survived by sons Richard (Mechanicsville) and Kent (Somerset, VA), daughter Mary Lea (Atlanta, GA), son-in-law Michael Damron, nine grandchildren, 3.9 great grandchildren, a niece and three nephews, including a very special nephew David Skerry and wife Elizabeth.

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November 6, 2023

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Fry Funeral Home
220 E. 6th Street
Tipton, IA 52772

Funeral Service
November 7, 2023

10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Mechanicsville Presbyterian Church
408 East 1st St.
Mechanicsville, IA 52306

Interment following funeral service
November 7, 2023

Rose Hill Cemetery
309 Reeder Street
Mechanicville, IA 52306


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