OBITUARY

Virginia Lee Alden

March 24, 1935April 26, 2021
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Virginia Lee (Todd) Alden died on April 26, 2021 in Columbia, Missouri. She was the widow of Jack Edwards Alden. They shared fifty-four years of marriage together before his passing in 2011.

Born in Ashland, Missouri, she was the daughter of Luther Todd and Gertrude (Adkins) Todd. She attended Keene School through the 8th grade and graduated from Hickman High School in 1954. She worked at the University of Missouri Bookstore and as a secretary at the Boone County Extension Office until 1959.

As a young girl growing up on a farm just outside of Columbia, she was a member of the 4H Club and won multiple ribbons showing her family’s sheep in competitions at the Boone County Fair. As an adult, she joined a local Hallmark Club as a leader/member for many years and collected multiple ornament and miniature series. Some, like her grandsons, will remember her for her delicious apple pie and Beanie Baby collection. But many will remember her for her extensive daylily flower beds that adorned her backyard. She took great care and pride in the multiple varieties and colors of the daylilies, which included name plackets she made for each flower species.

Known as Virginia or Gennie, she will be remembered fondly for her big hugs, warm smiles, and welcoming heart. She was generous with her children, grandchildren, family, neighbors, and the many long-term friendships that she adored. She loved to visit with her guests and always had cream soda in her refrigerator and a kitchen counter full of sweet treats in the yellow brick house that Jack built. A house full of her antiques, collections, and photos, including fond memories of the many gatherings she hosted for friends and family, over the years, in the basement and big backyard. She decorated her home for every holiday with Christmas being her favorite.

She is survived by her two children, Rebecca Barthol (husband Craig Barthol), and Todd Alden (wife Lori Alden), her two grandsons (Jaden Barthol and Raleigh Barthol) and two step-granddaughters (Katie Benthall and Kelsey Benthall). Virginia’s parents, six sisters and one brother have all proceeded her in death.

The service will be held on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel at Dignity Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO 65202. There will be a brief visitation, starting at 1:00 p.m., prior to the service.

Her children want to thank Bluff Creek Terrance Assisted Living, Bluff Creek Terrace Memory Care and The Neighborhood by TigerPlace for the outstanding care of their mother over the past year.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021

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Bob Schulz

May 4, 2021

I'm very sorry for Virginia's passing . I donated to The Arthritus Foundation in her honor.

Mike and Rockie Alden

May 4, 2021

Our thoughts are with Todd, Becky and all of the family and friends in the loss of Aunt Virginia. She was such a special person to so many people. A terrific mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. Her kindness and compassion will be with us for years to come.

Rockie and Mike Alden

Taylor Yoest

May 3, 2021

Dear Todd and Becky and families,
We are saddened to hear we have lost Aunt Gennie. Our sympathies are with you during this time of grief. Aunt Gennie's big heart, warm welcomes, and her love of cooking will be missed dearly. In lieu of flowers to honor her passing, the Yoest Families have made a donation to the Arthritis Foundation in her memory. We will always keep Aunt Gennie in our thoughts.

Taylor, Robbie, and Teagan

JoAnn Drane

April 28, 2021

Becky - so very sorry to hear about mom's passing. Sending prayers for peace and comfort.

Always,
JoAnn

Debi Johnson

April 28, 2021

I had the pleasure of meeting Virginia every week to style her beautiful hair. We were together for over 25 years. I looked so forward to seeing her every week, she was like family to me. When my mother passed away she seemed like a mom and always had a loving hug and sweet words for me. I will miss her so much and the stories of her family. I have had her beautiful day Lily’s at two of my houses and I will think of her each time I look at them. Love you always Virginia.❤️

Vicky Swanson-Starke

April 28, 2021

Todd and Becky and Family: I am sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. She was a beautiful soul both inside and out. Many fond memories of her and your Dad while I worked at Gerbes . Hoping for peace in your hearts.
Vicky Swanson-Starke

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