Virginia Mae Fannin, “Jennie” to her family and friends, passed away on Tuesday November 20, at the age of 80 due to complications from cardiovascular disease. A long time resident of Wheelersburg, she was visiting family in California at the time of her death.
Jennie was born on April 8, 1938 in Wheelersburg, Ohio. She was the second of nine children and the eldest daughter. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Vina (Horner) Weaver, three brothers; Thomas, Robert, and Arthur (“Bo”) Weaver; one sister, Mary Ann (Jim) Abbott; and two husbands, Earl Sheets, and Arthur Fannin.
Left to cherish her memory are her three daughters, Sherry (Vernon) Johnson of Capistrano Beach, CA, Tammy (Jay) Kordic of Dana Point, CA, Tonya (Emmett) Keith-Jones of Temecula, CA; one granddaughter, Jenna (Alec) Madison of Largo, FL; two grandsons, Austin Kordic, of Riverside CA, Emmett Milous Keith-Jones of Temecula, CA; three sisters, Ruth (Terry) Duelley of Clarktown, Sandra (Ronnie) Johnson of Wheelersburg, Susan (Bob) Gerlach of Wheelersburg; one brother, David Weaver of Wheelersburg; extended family including several beloved nieces and nephews as well as a multitude of friends.
Family came first for Jennie and she was a loyal friend. Her passing has left a gap that can never be filled. She was the matriarch, the foundation of her family. She was an active, long-standing member of Adams Community Church. She sang in the choir and most recently was instrumental in establishing a church legacy student scholarship fund through Shawnee State College. She was a big proponent of education and was an avid life long learner.
Jennie was an intelligent, strong, adventurous, creative woman and a leader in all the many facets of her life. She was the first in the family to enter the field of nursing, influencing several others to follow this path. Jennie was a nurse for over 30 years, working at the old Mercy Hospital and in private practice for Dr. Steele. She was a compassionate healer and highly respected for her intelligence, work ethic, and impeccable integrity. She was a powerful role model for her daughters and others.
A homebody at heart (enjoying reading, crocheting, computer games, cooking – her pot roast, and banana pudding were legendary!) she was also well traveled and loved adventures. Her last big adventure was a family cruise to Alaska to celebrate her 80th birthday. It was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. She loved watching her “Alaska shows” and reading about pioneering women, no doubt because she saw something of herself in them.
Virginia Fannin was truly a wonderful human being. We were blessed beyond words to have had her in our lives.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, November 30, 2018 at WOLFE-NELSON FUNERAL HOME in Sciotoville with Pastor Kent Madden officiating. Interment will follow at Memorial Burial Park in Wheelersburg. Friends may call Thursday from 3 – 7 p.m. at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Friday. Fond remembrances and expressions of condolence may be shared at www.WolfeNelsonFuneralHome.com.