Virginia E. Speece

May 11, 1926 ‒ December 05, 2015

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Virginia E. Speece, age 89 of Mount Vernon was called home to be with her Lord on Saturday morning, December 5, 2015.  She was born on May 11, 1926 in Newell, WV to the late Clyde and Nettie (Freeland) Baker.

Virginia met her husband, Walter, of 68 and a half years while working at the Homer Laughlin China Company in Newell, WV.  He placed the “sager” on the china before it was fired, and she knocked the “sager” off after the firing.  They were a team!  They soon became engaged and were married on June 7, 1947 at 7 minutes till 7. Virginia could best be described as a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, homemaker, pastor’s wife, author of many poems and programs and a prayer warrior. She was always at home when her children arrived home from school.  Their parishioners commented how they missed Virginia’s prayers after they had moved on to their next church assignment.  She had the gift of hospitality.  She loved to cook for her family, church family and many guests that graced their home.  One of her questions to guests that were visiting was: What is your favorite food?  Even during her years in a nursing facility, Walter and Virginia were a team visiting the residents and becoming their friends.

Virginia leaves behind her husband, Walter; children, Larry (Nancy) Speece of Mount Vernon and Linda Swinderman-Cronebaugh of Mount Gilead; three grandchildren, Cory (Rachel) Swinderman of Chrisman, Illinois; Nicole Speece of Phoenix, Arizona and Jason Speece of Mount Vernon;  four step grandchildren, Jason Cronebaugh of Parma, Ohio; Rachel Cronebaugh of Cincinnati, Ohio; Zac Hammond of Avon, Ohio and DJ (Dallas) Hammond of Mount Vernon; two great-grandchildren, Carter and Emma Swinderman and a step great grandchild Zoey Grace Hammond; brother, Clyde (Joyce) Baker of Decatur, IN; sister, Norma Jean Kinney of Georgetown, TX; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.  Virginia was preceeded in death by two brothers, Rev. Ralph Baker and Arza Baker and two sons-in-law, Tom Swinderman and Dave Cronebaugh.

The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. on Monday, December 7, 2015 at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 East High St., Mount Vernon.  There will also be visitation an hour before the funeral service celebrating Virginia’s life.  The celebration service will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at the Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene where she was a member, 16001 Glen Rd., Mount Vernon with her daughter, Rev. Linda Cronebaugh and grandson, Rev. Cory Swinderman officiating.  Burial will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Hospice of Knox County.

Expressions of sympathy may be expressed to the family by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Virginia E. Speece.

  • Walter so sorry for your loss. Jim Shuman told me of Virginia’s passing this morning. You are in our prayers.

  • Larry and family,
    I am sorry about the loss of your mother, wife, grandmother and great-grandmother. I didn’t know your mother but I know that she and her husband raised a very nice son. I came to know Larry by working with him at International Paper and enjoyed getting to know him. My prayers are with your family at this time.
    Judy

  • Larry and family,
    I am sorry about the loss of your mother, wife, grandmother and great-grandmother. I didn’t know your mother but I know that she and her husband raised a very nice son. I came to know Larry by working with him at International Paper and enjoyed getting to know him. My prayers are with your family at this time.
    Judy

  • Larry, Nicole, Jason and Linda,

    My deepest sympathy on the loss of your Mother and Grandmother.

    Karen

  • I am so sorry to hear of your loss what a wonderful lady I am so blessed to have got to met her may you all feel gods loving arms around you at this time of need

  • I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. She was a precious woman of God. I always enjoyed seeing her when she stopped at Alliance Christian School to see Linda and Corey. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • TO LINDA AND FAMILY SO SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF YOUT WIFE. MOM. AND GRANDMA. KEEP THE MEMORIES IN YOUR HEART. SHE IS ALWAYS BY YOUR SIDE. BLESS YOU. THINKING OF YOU
    .
    BEVERLEY

  • Linda: You would not remember me but I remember your Mom and Dad when they served at the Nazarene Church in Greensboro, PA. Perhaps you would remember Plezzie Tanner (my Grandmother). We became acquainted with your parents through her, and visited the church many times. I just today saw your Mom’s obituary and wanted to extend my sympathy to you and yours!

  • So sorry for your family’s loss.
    You are all in my prayers. May the Lord comfort you in this time of sorrow. Your family has been especially dear to me and my children because of the christian witness you were to Jim as a young teenager and to all of us as we watched your sweet spirit in this not always so sweet world of ourd.
    Rest now in the arms of Jesus, Virginia, and know that you are loved and honored in our memories!

  • Rev. Speece, Linda, Larry, Cory and family
    I have wonderful memories of Virginia and your family at Little Sandy Church of Nazarene. She was a wonderful lady. I know as a mother, you all made her so very proud. I know she is in heaven with a new body and in no pain. She is probably walking down “those streets of gold” talking to Jesus and maybe around the corner on Glory Avenue she will be reacquainted with My mom and dad. (Delmar and Ethel). I miss them dearly, but God comforts my mind and spirit and assures me that all is well with them and they are daily looking down on me and my brothers.
    I pray that God comforts each one of your hearts and souls. She is in that heavenly mansion on the hilltop and we all will meet her again someday.
    My deepest sympathy.

    Frances (Hileman) Padgett