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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • Funeral service to be held Saturday for Virginia Arlene Grisamore

  • Virginia Arlene Grisamore, daughter of Henry Clay and Ada Pearl (Lewis) George, was born in Mercer County, Mo., west of Princeton, on Jan. 9, 1919, and died Oct. 15, 2013, at the Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe, Mo., at the age of 94 years.
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  • Virginia Arlene Grisamore, daughter of Henry Clay and Ada Pearl (Lewis) George, was born in Mercer County, Mo., west of Princeton, on Jan. 9, 1919, and died Oct. 15, 2013, at the Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe, Mo., at the age of 94 years.
    Virginia was raised in Princeton where she attended rural schools, and was a 1935 graduate of Princeton High School. After graduation, she was employed as a secretary in the Mercer County Extension Office until March of 1938. On March 5, 1938, Virginia was united in marriage to Miles Earl Grisamore, and they moved to Wichita, Kan., where Miles was employed, and their daughter Karen Sue was born. In 1945, Miles was inducted into the armed forces, and Virginia and Karen returned to Princeton where they lived with her parents until Miles returned from the service.
    Virginia and Miles made their home in Princeton where Virginia was employed as the secretary to the Princeton R-5 School District Superintendent from April of 1952 until her retirement in October of 1990. She was retired for only two years before being elected as the Mercer County Public Administer, serving from January of 1992 until December of 1996 when she retired again.
    Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Miles, on Oct. 10, 1981; and by her brother and sister-in-law, Lewis and Letha George. She is survived by her daughter, Karen Fairchild (and son-in-law, Robert) of Chillicothe, Mo.; three granddaughters, Jacinda Johnson (and husband, Rick) of Moore, Okla., Shandolyn Roberts (and husband, Kyle), and Courtney Harris (and husband, Rick), all of Choctaw, Okla.; seven great-grandchildren, Paris Douglas, Talonne and Mylan Johnson, Aspen and Alec Roberts, and Cooper and Cayson Harris; and by a great, great-grandchild, Rowyn Douglas.
    Virginia was very active in Princeton where she served on the Selective Service Board for five years, and was a member of several organizations including the Retired Teacher?s Association serving as secretary; the Republican Women; Daughters of the American Revolution; Eastern Star; the Princeton Housing Authority Board serving as secretary; Princeton Rotary Club serving as secretary-treasurer; honorary member of FFA; the Red Hat Society; chairman of the Nike Club and the Nike Prayer Breakfast and was responsible for the Veteran?s Day Program being started in the school; Business and Professional Women?s Association (B.P.W.) serving as president, District Director, and chairperson of the annual Miss Calamity Jane Pageant for several years; and the Princeton First Baptist Church serving as a Sunday School Teacher, organist and pianist. Honors she received included the B.P.W. Outstanding Woman of the Year Award; the Princeton School Outstanding Alumni Award for her contributions to education; and being selected as Grand Marshall of the 2012 Calamity Jane Day Parade.
    In June of 1998, Virginia moved to Chillicothe to be near her daughter, and once again became active in the community as a member of the XIX Club; volunteering as a Pink Lady at Hedrick Medical Center; and joining the Chillicothe First Baptist Church giving her musical talents playing for church services at the Indian Hills Rest Home and The Baptist Home.
    Page 2 of 2 - Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at 11 a.m.., at the Princeton First Baptist Church with Pastors Richard Hurtgen and Jeff Parker officiating, under the direction of the Greenlee-Middleton Funeral Service of Princeton, Missouri. Burial will be in the Princeton Cemetery.
    Open visitation and viewing will begin at 8:30 a.m. Friday, at the Greenlee-Middleton Funeral Chapel in Princeton where the family visitation will be from 7-8 p.m., Friday evening.
    The family requests memorial contributions to either the Princeton First Baptist Church or the Chillicothe First Baptist Church.
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