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Virginia Derstine obit

Virginia Derstine

EUREKA – Virginia May Derstine, 93, died peacefully Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Center (VMRC) in Harrisonburg.  

She was born May 26, 1924, near Harrisonburg, the daughter of Perry and Annie Martin. She married Norman Derstine on May 27, 1944, near Harrisonburg. He preceded her in death.

Survivors include one son, Jerry (Jan) Derstine, Basalt, Colo.; one daughter, Jean Cubbage, Harrisonburg; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one brother, John Martin, Harrisonburg, and one sister, Margaret Weaver, Harrisonburg.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Mary Martin and Ruth Harnish, four brothers, Ralph Martin, Robert Martin, Sanford Martin and Robert Martin, and one son-in-law, James Cubbage.

Virginia grew up on a dairy and poultry farm. At the age of four, she was the poster child for Shenandoah, her father’s poultry equipment company. She met her husband when they were students at Eastern Mennonite High School, Harrisonburg. Virginia was known as a gracious hostess, as well as a devoted homemaker and mother. She was an enthusiastic supporter of her husband in his various roles, including program director and announcer for the Mennonite Hour, minister at Trissels Mennonite Church in Broadway, Va., minister at the Roanoke Mennonite Church, rural Eureka, and church relations director at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg. In 1976, the couple traveled to Botswana, Africa, and remained there for two years while he served as director of religious broadcasting. Later adventures included travels to various churches in Iowa, Arizona and Oregon, where he served as an interim pastor. Virginia was famous for her shoo fly pie and rock garden (she collected rocks from all over the country). She said that some of the most meaningful worship times she had was out in the beauty of nature. Virginia was known for her kind and gentle demeanor, as well as for her radiant smile.

Services will be held May 26 at 9:30 a.m. Central time in the VMRC’s Strite Auditorium, Harrisonburg.

Memorials may be made to the VMRC Foundation, 1501 Virginia Avenue, Harrisonburg, Va., 22802.


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