Today we celebrate the life of Virginia Ann Heathman, aka Jenny (called by her husband). Virginia passed away Wednesday morning, May 9, 2018. Virginia called her family together to say goodbye on May 7, 2018; of course she decided she wanted to see everyone at 5:00 am. Everyone made it to the hospital, including Cindy (daughter in law) in her husbands’ truck filled with dirt, driving an estimated 80 miles per hour. Tony’s truck will never be the same. She was moved to NorthCare Hospice house on May 7, 2018 and was surrounded by the love of her family and friends until her passing. Virginia was born on March 5, 1932 in Carlisle, Arkansas, one of nine children.
She was preceded in death by her parents and 7 siblings and survived by one sister Bonnie Solomon (Richard) and a beloved sister-in-law Libby Smith (Morris).
She married Paul LeRoy Heathman on July 9, 1960 after dating him for only a couple of months. She put up with Paul and his antics for 58 years including; his propensity to run off into the woods with the his scout troop from before their marriage, and all throughout it – yet she packed his lunch and in the early days of their marriage found herself cooking for his “boys” and making homemade ice-cream; his love of taking her for drives through back roads and small towns searching for treasures – from flowers to asparagus too; and his general orneriness and humor with people they cared for. She had the ability to sort through his version of a story to the “truth” of the matter. Settle in with those who knew her someday for the stories that abound of how these two who managed to live, laugh and love together for 58 years!
Everyone deals with life in different ways, our family uses humor. It was this humor that we used to help her laugh her way to heaven, and through the pain of the illness that was plaguing her body, but not her sense of humor. If you are slightly confused by our memorial of Virginia rest assured, we loved her and she loved us and taught us how to enjoy life. Virginia lived with diabetes for more than 30 years, she battled a rare cancer called Merkel Cell Carcinoma, yet she ended her life as she lived it, with Paul, telling stories, laughing with her family, and praying for herself and those surrounding her.