Virginia “Ginnie” Lee Little Joseph Adkins passed away peacefully Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at Liza’s Place, Wheeling, W.V.
She was born June 1, 1925 in Pittsburgh, daughter of the late Samuel Johnston Little and Almyra Lynch Little.
She had been a part-time resident of Venice since 1980.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Dr. Edward John Joseph, in 1971; her second husband, Alban Adkins, in 1994; and her brother, Harry A. Little, in 2008.
She is survived by her two sons, Daniel Joseph and his wife, Deborah, of Wheeling, and Brian Joseph and his wife, Julie, of Triadelphia W.V.; five grandchildren, Kristen Cox and her husband, Chris, of Triadelphia, David Joseph of Deland, Fla., Craig Joseph of Boulder, Colo., Anne Joseph of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Tesla Joseph of Triadelphia; her sister-in-law, Margaret “Peg” Little of Venice; two stepchildren, Jan Adkins of California and Judy Porter of Maryland; and four step-grandchildren, Sally Adkins, Sam Adkins, Andy Walker and Kate Robinson.
Ginnie received her pilot’s license (without her parents’ knowledge!) when she was 16, and in the 1940s was a member of the Civil Air Patrol. She taught English in Japan while she and her husband, Ed, were stationed there during the Korean War. She was an avid genealogist, a lover of classical music and had perfect pitch. As a teenager, she played trombone in the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. She was past president of the Thursday Music Club, founding member and past president of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Wheeling District Dental Society, member of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution and owner/founder of Joseph Realty.
She spent many years splitting her time between Wheeling and Venice, where she was a member of the Sarasota Opera Guild and a volunteer for the Sea Turtle Project at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota. She was a member of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Wheeling.
Services: Friends will be received for a memorial visitation from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at Kepner Funeral, 900 National Road, Wheeling. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 4, at the funeral home with the Rev. Mark E. Seitz officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family at Greenwood Cemetery.
Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Dr. Edward Joseph Dental Hygiene Scholarship Fund, in care of West Liberty University Foundation, West Liberty WV 26074; or Wheeling Symphony Orchestra Virginia Joseph Adkins Fund, 1025 Main Street, Suite 811, Wheeling WV 26003.