Muehlig Funeral Chapel

403 South Fourth Ave, Ann Arbor, MI


Virginia B. Newell

April 24, 1927November 11, 2019

Virginia B. Newell Ann Arbor, MI

Age 92, with her loving daughters by her side, went home to be with her Lord on Monday, November 11, 2019. She was born on April 24, 1927 in Kansas City, Missouri the daughter of Chester Arthur and Anna Ford (Ryland) Brooke. She was married to Donald W. Newell for over 47 years and he preceded her in death. Virginia went to Stephens College earning a Bachelor of Arts and then to Washington University earning a Bachelor of Science in Business. She was an accomplished entrepreneur and one of the first business woman in Ann Arbor. She was Co-founder of the Ann Arbor Party Center, owner and operator of Catering ala Carte!, and co-owner of Lagniappe Gourmet shop. She truly enjoyed working, and worked as an event coordinator for the Saline Chamber of Commerce after her retirement. She was a member of the Rotary International and traveled all over Europe while working for the organization. Virginia was also a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church. Survivors include; two daughters, Cindy (Aaron) Livermore and Barbara Newell; eight grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and one son, Donald W. Newell Jr. A memorial service will be held at a later date.


Virginia B. Newell

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Juliana Greene

November 25, 2019

I worked with Virginia for nearly 23 years and what a wonderful experience
It was . Virginia was an excellent manager and owner and I worked at the PartyCenter and Catered many events with her at Catering ala Cart. ,and
Lagniappe. It was quite the learning experience and She was quite the
Women to make it all a success.

Rebecca Livermore

November 20, 2019

I remember when she taught me how to play Russian Bank, and then got ornery once I learned how to beat her at it. I also remember painting easter eggs with her every Good Friday, and then her walking around with her bright turquoise dress and hunting for eggs on Easter. So many good memories! I remember being at her house on holidays and her bustling around her crammed kitchen preparing meals. And always going to her house during the summer to swim in the pool.