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