Virginia Juanita (Gassett) Toliver, 93, El Dorado Springs, passed away Oct. 9, 2016, in Community Springs Healthcare Facility.
The daughter of Walter Ross and Tressie Fern (Oder) Gassett, Virginia was born Oct. 13, 1922, in Stockton. She was a lifelong resident of Cedar County, living most of her life in El Dorado Springs. She graduated from Stockton High School in 1941, where she excelled on the girls basketball team.
Virginia married David Elton Toliver on July 19, 1941. They were blessed with five children and were married 60 years before Elton’s death in 2001.
Virginia loved her family. She was happiest when she was cooking and preparing holiday meals for her children, grandchildren and their families. She spent many tireless hours assisting in the care of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. After working many years at International Shoe Factory, she retired when the company closed.
She was a longtime member of Bethel Freewill Baptist Church, loved her church family and enjoyed being involved in church activities.
Virginia was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; Elton’s parents, Horace and Gussie Toliver; sons, Ross and Ronnie; great-grandsons, Tanner and Brady Barger; sisters and their husbands, Jewell and Sam Lall, Lela and Raymond Hendricks and Mary and Joe Grant; brother, Ralph Gassett, and his wife, Opal; daughter-in-law, Norma Toliver; brother-in-law, Andy Anderson; sister-in-law, Beatrice Richardson, and her husband, Fred; and several nieces and nephews.
Virginia is survived by her sons, Wayne and Jim Toliver; daughter, Sharon Henderson, and husband, Dan; sister, Norma Anderson; grandchildren – Darren (Kristi) Toliver, Debbie Toliver, Tim (Stacy) Minehardt, David (Christina) Minehardt, Jeff Toliver, Julie (Mike) Blume, Tracy (David) Barger, Jamie Toliver and Jenny (James) Cheek; 19 great -grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews other family and friends.
Services will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in Bland-Hackleman Chapel, El Dorado Springs, with Bro. Dennis Johnston officiating. Interment will follow in El Dorado Springs City Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. immediately preceding the funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Tanner Barger Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Online condolences may be left at www.blandhackleman.com.