Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes & Crematory

18 West Frederick Street, Staunton, VA


Ila V. Varner

14 July , 194027 May , 2019

Ila V. Varner, age 78, passed into her beautiful heavenly home and beautiful heavenly journey, with her heavenly Father, and Savior, on Monday, May 27, 2019, departing from Augusta Nursing and Rehab. Center, where she received excellent care, and where much gratitude, thanks, and appreciation, are to be acknowledged.

She was born infant daughter to Mamie and Walter McMillian, in Wards Gap, Virginia, and grew up in Hillsville, Virginia, in Carroll County. She later moved to Fishersville, Virginia, to pursue nurse’s aide training. During this time, she met the “one and only true love”, of her life, Kenneth Varner, who became her husband of 29 years, until he passed, into heaven. She was a wife, mom, and granny, and taught by word and example. She grew up in the Brethren Church, and was an inactive member of Fishersville Baptist Church.

Ila had many rough journeys, trials, and health issues, in her lifetime, including anxiety, anger, and depression, which she acknowledged. She was and is, a child of God, and Christian, by her verbal confession, of having, Jesus, in her heart, by invitation. She grew close to the Holy Spirit, within the last year. She stated, “By my faith, in Jesus, I am healed!”. God cleansed her and healed and sustained her, dramatically, four separate times, in the last year, and receives all praise and glory, and also for working in and through many physicians, surgeons, nurses, at Augusta Health, I.C.U, V.C.U, Amedisys Home Health, Palliative Care, Waynesboro Carilion's physicians and nurses, and physical therapists, daily care workers, and so many others, including faithful prayer warriors.

Her journey, with her daughter, was also full of beautiful memories, trials, errors, and even a year and half of a strained relationship. God’s “healing power”, and “restoration”, cleansed, restored, and renewed this relationship, to the status of peaceful blessed bonding, and being a blessing. She exhibited happiness, charm, and exuberance! She had the teaching testimony of never smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, doing illegal drugs, or over using prescription drugs.

She enjoyed bible study, television pastors and sermons, family photos, fellowshipping, comedies, W.H.S.V 6 p.m. news, 102.9 F.M. (K-love) Radio Station, large print word finds, and especially hugs from her two grandsons, and playing “Go-Fish”, with them, and talking on the phone with her brother, and friends.

She is preceded in death by siblings Alene, Carrie Bell, Lester, Rush, and many extended relatives.

Surviving to cherish her awesome, unique memory, are only child, Phyllis Olson-Leake, son-in-law, Howard Leake, (whom she stated was the “son she never had!”), adored grandsons, Kenneth (Buddy) Olson, and Jonathan Leake, and also two cherished brothers, Marvin McMillian and Glenn Bradley and many extended family members.

Family night, with open casket, casual or dress attire, will be on Monday, June 3, 2019 at Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes of Staunton from 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

A graveside service with open sharing, casual or dress attire, will take place on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Oaklawn Memory and Mausoleum Garden, Staunton.

A pre-announced sharing memorial and fellowship, will take place in the future.

All condolences may be mailed to the family, at P.O. Box 805, Waynesboro, VA 22980, or shared online at www.reynoldshamrickfuneralhomes.com

Arrangements have been entrusted to Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes of Staunton.


  • Visitation Monday, 3 June , 2019
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, 4 June , 2019


Ila V. Varner

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Mary Ellen Varner Coffey

4 June 2019

Dear Phyllis, I am sorry for the passing of your Mom and my Aunt Ila. I always appreciated your updates on how she was doing and am sorry that I was unable to visit her these many years since moving to Houston in 1977. I attended the wedding of her and Uncle Kenneth in Hillsboro and remember how happy all of us were for them to have found each other. I can only imagine how much she missed him after his passing but I am grateful to know that she is now reunited with him in heaven because they had both accepted the Lord as their Savior. I am grateful, as I am sure you are, that she has been healed completely and in no more pain and suffering. I know that you and your family were a joy and delight to her and that she was grateful for the loving care for her and her needs that you provided. To say the least she was a lovely, kind lady. May the many happy memories you had together be a comfort at this time and for always. Lovingly, Mary Ellen

Paulette Furr

1 June 2019

Phyllis and Family,
To say your mother loved you, would be an understatement. I remember driving to work and your mother would be walking you to the elementary school regardless of the weather!! Please know how sorry I am for your loss but to know one day you will see your parents reunited...what a blessing.

Douglas Utt

31 May 2019

Bless her heart. Ila and I stayed in touch for years. She was such a loving person. She always showed interest and concerned about the well being of my siblings and my children. She did like to talk frequently to her brothers and extended family. Through her I was always brought up to date about those people. I got concerned if I hadn’t heard from week to week. She was another sister to me. When her Dad and Mom were involved in a horrible accident in Cana she and her sister Alene lived with us in Fancy Gap in 1950.
Really miss her but feel good about her being in a better place without trials and tribulations in health that she dwelt with here on earth.