Virginia M. Halden

January 29, 1929January 20, 2021

Virginia Miriam Halden, age 91, an Austin, Texas native, passed away on Wednesday, January 20 in her hometown. Born on January 29, 1929 to parents Virginia (Kavanagh) Halden and Edgar R. Halden Sr., she graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1946. That same year she went on to study art at the University of Texas where she was a member of the swim team and Phi Mu sorority.

In 1948, Virginia entered the religious life with the Dominican Sisters and later completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at Sacred Heart Dominican College in Houston, Texas, then earned her Master of Arts degree from Notre Dame University in South Bend, Ind. in 1969.

Virginia’s love of art and teaching brought her to multiple schools over the course of her professional life as an educator. These included St. Mary’s Catholic School in Taylor, Texas (1956), St. Francis De Sales Catholic School in Riverside, Calif. (1960), and St. Austin’s Catholic School in Austin, Texas (1965). Virginia settled in San Antonio, Texas, in 1970 until 1992, teaching at various educational institutions in that city’s ISD. She authored a well-received textbook on art during that time.

Of her many skills and activities, Virginia especially enjoyed drawing in pastels, and playing both the piano and self-taught guitar. A devout Christian, she was a long-time active member of St. Austin’s Catholic Church, and later, Saint Louis King of France Catholic Church.

Virginia is preceded in death by her parents and brother James Halden, all of Austin, Texas, and brother E. Richard Halden Jr. MD of Fort Worth, Texas. She is survived by her brother Wm. J. Halden MD of Austin, Texas, 11 nieces and nephews, and 15 great-nieces and great-nephews.

The visitation will be 6:00 pm and Rosary will be 7:00 pm on Friday, January 29, 2021 at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, Texas 78705.

The funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 am on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at Saint Louis King of France Catholic Church, 7601 Burnet Rd, Austin, Texas 78757, with interment following at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Virginia asked for donations to be made to one’s favorite charity.


  • Richard Halden, Active Pallbearer
  • Timothy Halden, Active Pallbearer
  • William Halden, Jr., Active Pallbearer
  • Daniel Halden, Active Pallbearer
  • Daniel Halden, Jr., Active Pallbearer
  • David Sherman, Active Pallbearer


  • Visitation

    Friday, January 29, 2021

  • Rosary

    Friday, January 29, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, January 30, 2021

  • Interment

    Saturday, January 30, 2021


Virginia M. Halden

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Rosy Jalifi

February 1, 2021

My condolences to the Halden family.

I am one of Virginia's church friends. I have fond memories of us attending 5:20 PM Daily Mass at St. Austin's, praying the Rosary after Holy Mass, and then going for a dinner on The Drag. I will miss our conversations and times of laughter.

Another memory I will always cherish is the Christmas that we went Christmas caroling -- Virginia together with other church friends.

God bless you, Virginia. Thank you for being my friend. God willing, we will be reunited forever in Heaven.

Trish Day

January 28, 2021

I knew her as “Aunt Ginny,” the vibrant, kind and funny relative of my best friends/neighbors. I was in awe of how her personality could fill a room and how she could confidently and unapologetically share the truths of scripture. I enjoyed being in her presence and I learned a great deal from her about gumption. I look forward to seeing her again, in Heaven.

Shelby Sherman

January 25, 2021

Aunt Ginny,
You were a very unique and eccentric woman. I remember going to your house as a young boy and painting, eating Gatti’s pizza, and watching the train go by from your back porch with you. You always made us laugh with your quick wit and jokes. The thing I will remember the most about you was your laugh and I will miss you very much. I am sure you are up in Heaven with the angels like you talked about on so many occasions.