Virginia Donaldson Stocks

Virginia Donaldson Stocks, 92, died Saturday (Feb. 16, 2013) at 12:30 p.m. at Worthington, Ohio. She was born on June 11, 1920, to Clifford C. Donaldson and Hazel Davis Donaldson at Lodi, Medina County, Ohio.

She graduated in 1937 from Marietta High School and received an AB Degree at Marietta College in 1941. She was a member of Chi Omega Fraternity for Women while a student at Marietta College. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and was active in Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Richmond, Va.; a member of Chapter BH of the P.E.O. Sisterhood; a 50 year member and Past Matron of Marietta Chapter #59 Order of the Eastern Star; and a life member of Unit #64 American Legion Auxiliary and Unit #5108 of Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. She had been active in many musical organizations in the Marietta area. She was involved in numerous bridge clubs in Marietta, and in the Senior Citizens’ Centers in Delaware, Ohio, and Richmond, Va. In 1996, the Ohio Department of Aging selected her “Caregriver of the Year” for the State of Ohio in recognition of her exemplary care for the elderly members of her family.

She was employed as a secretary for Union Carbide Company and later retired as an executive secretary to the Academic Dean of Marietta College. At the time of her death she resided six months with her son in Richmond, Va. and six months with her daughter in Lewis Center, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and by her husband, Graham L. Stocks to whom she was married for more than 50 years. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Lee Stocks of Lewis Center, Ohio; son, Richard D. (Linda) Stocks of Richmond, Va.; grandsons, Matthew D. Backus and Jeremy R. (Cara) Backus; great-grandsons, Zackary and Lucas Backus; and special friends, Thomas F. Brown, Joyce A. Foster and Eric Yim.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday (Feb. 22) at the Hadley Funeral Home Reno Chapel, 1021 Pike St., Marietta. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday (Feb. 21) and again two hours prior to the funeral service. Interment will take place in Oak Grove Cemetery. A celebration of Virginia’s life will be held on March 6 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at 1623 Westwood Drive in Lewis Center, Ohio.

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