Virginia B. St. Clair, age 95, formerly of Wyaconda, MO, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at the Clark Co. Nursing Home in Kahoka.
Virginia was born March 2, 1923 in Lewis County, to Jennings and Freda Speer Bevans.
She graduated from Williamstown High School in 1942 and attended NEMO State Teacher’s College in Kirksville. She taught school for two years at Mt. Tabor country school.
Survivors include one son, Albert (Louise) St. Clair of Wyaconda, MO; four daughters, Zola (Mrs. Ron) Starkey of Burlington, IA, Nancy (Mrs. Gary) Webster of Wyaconda, MO, Geneva (Mrs. Larry) Tinkle of Memphis, MO, and Terry (Mrs. Kevin) Kerr of Arbela, MO; thirteen grandchildren: Carla (Mrs. Steffan) Jacobs of Omaha, AR, Heather (Mrs. Jason) Ayer of Verona, MO, Melanie (Mrs. Brian) Danielson of Morrison, IL, Bonnie (Mrs. Mike) Pierson of Burlington, IA, Tammy (Mrs. Brian) Starkey-Hopkins of West Burlington, IA, Patrick (Roberta) Webster of Kahoka, MO, Rachel (Mrs. Aaron) Small of Wyaconda, MO, Roger (Sarah) Tinkle of Memphis, MO, Robert Tinkle of Memphis, MO, Elana (Mrs. Danny) Liu of Joplin, MO, Brandon (Ashley) Kerr of St. Charles, MO, Jennifer Manchester and Michael (Cara) Romore, all of Memphis, MO; 39 great grandchildren; 5 great-great grandchildren; a sister, Betty Jo Sawyer of Kahoka; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law: Lois Bevans Keller of Camdenton, MO, Noel Wayne (Juanita) St. Clair of Canton, MO, Betty St. Clair of Kahoka, MO; as well as nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Chester; a son, Francis St. Clair; two grandsons, Emmett St. Clair and one in infancy; two brothers, J. B. Bevans and Tommy Bevans; and four sisters: Mary Ellen Howard, Rachel Bevans, Lola May Nichols and Margaret Briscoe.
Virginia loved having her family around, especially her grandchildren. She always had the largest smile when the little grandchildren were near.
In addition to being a farm wife, she spent a lot of time caring for her huge vegetable garden. There was always extra to share with friends and family. Whenever you would stop at the house, she always cooked something great to eat. She also enjoyed sewing – making clothes, dolls for the granddaughters, and many beautiful keepsake quilts. She and Chester loved playing cards with family and friends.
She was a faithful member of the Ballard Baptist Church (now South Wyaconda Baptist Church) and helped with Bible School and any activity the church held. Her faith and family were dear to her.
Funeral services will be held Friday, September 28, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka with Pastor Basil Bevans officiating. Louise St. Clair will be pianist with selections “How Great Thou Art” and “When the Roll is Called up Yonder”.
Honorary pallbearers will be Carla Jacobs, Heather Ayer, Melanie Danielson, Bonnie Pierson, Tammy Starkey-Hopkins, Rachel Small, Roger Tinkle, Robert Tinkle, Elana Liu, Brandon Kerr, Jennifer Manchester, and Michael Romore.
Pallbearers are Patrick Webster, Mason Coons, Lucas Metcalf, Tyson Abbott, Matthew Meyer, Brian Danielson.
Burial will follow in the Ballard Cemetery.
Family will receive friends beginning at 9:30 a.m. Friday, September 28, until services at 10:30 at Wilson Funeral Home.
Memorials are suggested to the Ballard Cemetery or the Industrial Opportunities.