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Virginia Jarvis Iams

December 29, 2012
Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Virginia Iams, 91, passed away on Dec. 27, 2012, at Wyngate Assisted Living in Vienna, W.Va.

She was born Nov. 30, 1921, in Tariff, W.Va., to Martha Boothe Jarvis and Charles Jarvis. Virginia attended Henry Forks Baptist Church during her youth, with her parents, sister, Ruth, and brother, Harold Jarvis. When her family moved to the area, Virginia attended the "little white church" (Vienna Baptist). A small group of about 12-15 people gathered to worship when Rev. Talbert was a minister. At age 12, Virginia attended a revival service, and made the decision to accept Christ as her savior.

She was baptized a few months later by the Rev. Talbert. While she lived in Vienna, Virginia remained a faithful member of Vienna Baptist Church. Virginia graduated from Parkersburg High School on Jan. 15, 1939 at the age of 17, and beginning in 1941, she attended Mountain State College. Virginia was married to Victor Iams on April 13, 1947, at the First Baptist Church on Market Street in Parkersburg. Virginia worked at South Penn Natural Gas and at Union Trust while in Parkersburg. The couple also lived in Kansas and Akron, Ohio, where Virginia worked for Goodrich as well as the Goodyear Credit Union. She had relocated to Wyngate in March of 2011, and had been a blessing to the residents and staff during her time there.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Victor; sister, Ruth Jarvis Board; and brother, Harold Jarvis. She is survived by many friends, neighbors and special friends, Gary and Tina Hawley, Pat Hylbert, Dixie Pride and Rudy Poole.

There will be a graveside service at 11 a.m. Monday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Vienna, with Pastor Bill Brown officiating. Burial will be held later at Parkersburg Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice in memory of Virginia.

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