April 5, 2004
VIRGINIA R. COSBY
NEWPORT NEWS – Virginia Hudson Cosby, known to all as “Virginia,” born April 25, 1917, departed this life peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, April 3, 2004 to be with her Lord and Savior. Virginia was born at Chase City in Mecklenburg County, VA. She was the widow of Joseph Coleman Cosby who passed away in 1971.
Virginia and Coleman were married on July 13, 1935 and were both lifetime members of Orcutt Baptist Church, in Newport News. Virginia served her church over the many years as Superintendent of Junior Number One in the Sunday School Department and also as a Sunday School Teacher. Virginia served as President of the WMU (Women’s Missionary Union). She was a member of the adult and senior choir and many other committees. One of the highlights of her life was serving as a missionary to Korea.
In addition, to Virginia’s church work, she served on numerous committees for the Peninsula Baptist Association. She was a member and Past President of the following organizations: ABWA (American Business Women’s Association), Home Demonstration Club, Wythe Woman’s Club and the Newport News Woman’s Club. She volunteered as a docent at the Mariner’s Museum and Riverside Rehabilitation Center.
Virginia graduated from Newport News High School and received her degree in teaching from the University of Richmond. She was a dedicated schoolteacher in the Hampton school system where she taught the sixth grade at Alfred Forrest Elementary School for 28 years before retiring. After her retirement, she continued to volunteer by tutoring numerous children and adults in addition to traveling the world.
Virginia loved life and lived it to the fullest. She had a passion for singing, painting and children of all ages. While residing in The Chesapeake Retirement Home, she took advantage of the many opportunities offered on a daily basis.
Virginia was a loving wife and mother and is survived by her daughters, Penny C. Baisden and her husband, Leroy; Mary Lee Roberson and her husband, Tommy. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Page and her husband, Jeffery Kremp, Hope and her husband, Timothy Palmer, Kevin and Rhonda Roberson; her great-grandchildren, April Hafer, Caitlin and Dylan Kremp, Timothy and Joshua Palmer, Richard and Randi Garner and Troy Roberson. She will be truly missed by all.
The family will receive friends at the Peninsula Funeral Home on Monday, April 5, 2004 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Funeral service will be held at Peninsula Funeral Home by the Reverend M. Reginald Warren, Tuesday, April 6, 2004, 11: 00 am with a reception following the burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park in the home of Leroy and Penny Baisden.
Memorial donations may be made to Orcutt Baptist Church, 653 Baxter Lane, Newport News, VA. 23602.