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Virginia Belle Stanley

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Virginia Belle Stanley, 88, of West Mansfield, died Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at Logan Acres Care Center, with her family at her side following a short illness.

She was born in York Center on Sept. 21, 1924, to the late Earl and Nellie Staley Morris. She married Richard Lowell Stanley.

On June 5, 1942, she married Richard Lowell Stanley and he preceded her in death March 1, 2009. She also was preceded in death by a son, Duane Stanley; three sisters, Bernice Elliott, Rose Correll and Crystal Wagner; and four brothers, Bernard, Leo, John and Robert Morris.

Survivors include two sons, Darrell (Diane) Stanley of West Mansfield and Dennis (Patricia) Stanley of Indian Lake; daughter-in-law, Valerie Stanley of Marysville; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; a sister, June Roberts of Rushsylvania; a brother, Richard (Polly) Morris of Kenton; two sisters-in-law, Bonnie Morris and Eleanor Colvin, both of Florida; many nieces, nephews, and friends; and her church family.

A loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother, she was retired from the West Mansfield IGA, where she worked as a clerk for 40 years.

She graduated from West Mansfield High School in 1942 and was a longtime member of the West Mansfield United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir and taught Sunday School.

For many years she wrote the West Mansfield Community News for the Marysville Journal Tribune and she also was a correspondent for a time for the Bellefontaine Examiner.

Affectionately known as “Granny” or “Grandma Ginny,” Virginia loved playing cards and bingo and treasured time spent with her family. She will be remembered for her constant smile, her loving back scratches, and as a beloved member of the West Mansfield community.

The Rev. Doug Thompson officiates a funeral at 2 p.m. Monday at Mannasmith-Schnurrenberger Funeral Home, West Mansfield, where visitation is two hours prior. Burial is in Greenlawn Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the West Mansfield United Methodist Church and Universal Home Health and Hospice Care.

Express condolences at www.mannasmithfuneralhome.com.

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