March 1, 1919 - July 22, 2011
Virginia Lucille Huggins, 92, passed away on July 22, 2011, at the Washington
Odd Fellows West Care Center in Walla Walla, where she had resided for the last
three years. Her smile, her many trips up and down the hallways in her wheelchair, and her constant
desire for neatness will be remembered by those who lovingly cared for her.
Virginia was born March 1, 1919, in Salineville, Ohio, to Tom and Celia Todd McPherson. She grew up
on a farm, attended a country grade school and graduated from David Anderson High School in Lisbon,
Ohio. On June 15, 1940, she married Leland Huggins in
Lisbon, Ohio. In the summer of 1953, the family traveled
to Walla Walla to visit friends. They liked the Northwest so well that in 1954 the family moved from
Ohio to Walla Walla. Virginia will be most remembered by her wonderful smile, being a loving and caring
wife to her husband, Lee, of 58 years, a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Virginia enjoyed traveling, especially to Hawaii, the Oregon coast and to Ohio to visit family and friends.
She was a member of the Amazing Grace Church of the Nazarene, where she had been active in the
missionary society, taught Sunday School and numerous other jobs.
Survivors include a son, Lowell Huggins of Walla Walla; a daughter, Sherill (George) Beail of Santee,
Calif.; two grandchildren, Linda (Eric) of San Diego and Kevin (Robyn) of Roanoke, Va.; two great-grandchildren,
Caroline and Joshua, of San Diego; sister-in-law, Janice (Dick) Schrader of Ashville, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leland; and two brothers, Howard McPherson and Kyle
Viewing will be from 2-8 p.m., Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W.
Alder. The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28, 2011, at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home
with the Rev. Bob Sporleder officiating. Burial will follow in the Garden of the Last Supper at Blue Mountain
Memorial Gardens on Myra Road. Memorial contributions may be made to the Walla Walla Community
Hospice through the funeral home.