Virginia Day of Columbia died Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011. She was 91.
She was born July 18, 1920, in Wewoka, Okla., to Mr. and Mrs. V.E. Sams. She attended Chickasha Women's College in Oklahoma and worked in a bank in Chickasha.
In 1943, she had a blind date with Raymond Day while he was headquartered at Fort Sill in Oklahoma. They married several months later on Oct. 31, 1943.
Mrs. Day moved to Maryville while her husband was overseas during World War II.
She followed her husband in his careers in teaching veterans, extension service, banking and wine consulting. They moved to Columbia in the early 1980s to be close to family.
The couple had three sons, Don, Larry and Danny. Mrs. Day and her husband were very close to their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Day was always available to baby-sit her grandchildren and later her great-grandchildren, when needed. Until her death, one great-granddaughter came to her house every day to ride the school bus. She valued the discussion they were able to have before and after school.
She was an active member of Broadway Christian Church and helped with the newsletter crew until October of this year.
Four generations of Mrs. Day's family are members of the church, said Debby Graham, a fellow member of Broadway Christian.
"She was just very, very sweet," Graham said. "Virginia was always ready to help."
Mrs. Day was known for her decorated birthday cakes for her family and members of the church. She made those cakes until the last few months of her life.
She is survived by her sons Larry and Don; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and her sister, Mary.
Her husband, Raymond, and son, Danny, died earlier.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Broadway Christian Church, 2601 W. Broadway. Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Online condolences may be left at parkerfuneralservice.com.