OBITUARY

Virginia Linn

July 12, 1922October 8, 2020
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Virginia Linn-Babcock, age 98, of Chandler, OK, passed away Thursday, October 8, 2020 with her sons by her side. She was born Dicie Virginia Lake on July 12, 1922 in Hugo, Oklahoma, the daughter of Arthur and Odie Lake.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; husband of nearly 50 years, William Robert Linn; one son, Robert Wayne Linn; and two stepsons, William Robert "Bobby" Linn, Jr. and Freddie Lee Linn.

Virginia is survived by two sons, Gordan Grace and wife Janie of Willow Park, TX and Larry Linn and wife Donna of Chandler, OK; daughter, Cathy Heird and husband David of Kingman, AZ; 25 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and several great-great grandchildren. She has many other family members, caretakers, and dear friends that will greatly miss her, as well.

Virginia was the oldest sister to eight siblings and was deeply devoted to them throughout her life. She was preceded in death by her brother, Arthur William Lake, Jr., and sister, Betty Jo Toney. She is survived by brothers: Eldon Lake, Stanley Lake, and Richard Lake; and sisters, Doris O'Dell and Delores Helberg. After the passing of their parents, Virginia and her siblings began having a family reunion each year. The Lake Reunion was something Virginia and her family looked forward to every year and was one of the memories Virginia held most dear. The reunion is still enjoyed by Virginia's surviving siblings and their children and grandchildren.

As a young woman, Virginia was a real-life "Rosie the Riveter" when she worked at Tinker Field, driving rivets into the tails of C-47 aircraft. She was very proud to have served her country during World War II and said she would have gladly done so again.

Virginia married William Robert Linn in October, 1944. They spent the next 50 years raising their children and loving on their grandchildren. One of Virginia's most precious memories was hosting Thanksgiving dinner at their family home in Luther, OK. When asked what she was most proud of, she quickly answered her family. She loved all of them very much and loved to brag about their accomplishments. Outside of family, Virginia stated that she enjoyed working in the bakery at Central State University, where she baked all types of pastries, specializing in wedding cakes. Virginia also mentioned her love for many close friends and, even in her final years, she delighted in making friends with the faculty and residents at her nursing facility.

Virginia also took a great deal of pride in taking care of herself. She was unwavering in having her hair set each week and her fingernails were always manicured to perfection. Her sense of style and class was undeniable and she had a great appreciation for a new pair of earrings. So, the next time you are getting a manicure, eating a Thanksgiving feast, or see a "Rosie the Riveter" poster, I hope you take a moment to remember one of the longest, well-lived lives that many of us will ever witness.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Greg Linn
  • Andrew Linn
  • Daniel Linn
  • Ray Grace
  • Scott Linn
  • Shannon McClure
  • Nick Linn, Honorary

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, October 13, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Memories

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Talia Head

October 13, 2020

Jaden Jennings

October 12, 2020

Virginia was an accidental friend, but oh what a great one. I had a vision to tell someone's story in the Meeker Nursing home during my news internship in 2019, and luckily, Virginia was one of the names given to me. This developed into something more than a news story though...It turned into weekly visits, lunch dates, and even daily prayer time. Virginia would tell me stories of her growing up and what it was like living for almost a century. She also informed that death was not a scary concept to her, because she knew she would be in the arms of Jesus whenever that day came. I know that is where she is today. Virginia is no longer relying on someone to help her walk, stand, or lay down. She is running on complete health in Heaven, and her memories, you and I will cherish forever. Virginia passed away on my birthday, October 8th, and The life lessons she taught me I will NEVER forget, for all though we didn't know each other for a longtime, her life greatly impacted mine. My birthday and the day of Virginia's death will celebrate LIFE, because she is now living more fully than we can possibly imagine here on this earth.

Linnea Jennings

October 12, 2020

It was our pleasure to meet Virginia in February. Our daughter Jaden befriended her when she wrote an article on her and her friend, Helen for The Herald. After Helen’s death, she made a regular visit weekly from OBU to the nursing home to visit Virginia. Upon one visit, she was not allowed to enter. Covid robbed any visit after that. We are so proud we could meet her and even take pictures with her. She was precious! Our prayers are with the family.

Tammy Farris

October 12, 2020

Aunt Ginny, I have so many memories of you and Uncle Dub. So many drives down the Hogback to Luther from Midwest City. I remember so many wonderful meals at your house and always lots and lots of family. Rest In Peace. Tammy

Judy Linn

October 12, 2020

My grandma was the sweetest ever. I remember going to her house for Thanksgiving as a kid and getting to catch up with all the family. She had the sweetest voice and great smile and always welcomed us with open arms.. What an amazing lady! And she made the best desserts ever! Love you forever grandma.

Doris Odell

October 11, 2020

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