OBITUARY

Virgie Marie Bryant

April 22, 1926April 11, 2021

When Virgie Bryant retired at 75 years young from Western Geophysical, she told anyone who would listen that the company had promised to pay for her health insurance until she was 114. To which she proudly replied, “Then what?”

Those that knew her best knew that was less of a joke, and more of a threat. Not a soul would have been surprised had she made good on it. Sadly, she passed away peacefully at home on April 11, 2021. She was 94.

Virgie Marie Bryant was born in Jennings, Louisiana, on April 22, 1926, to Preston and Mirriam Carter. After marrying Robert Kenneth Bryant, the couple traveled the country with Western, moving 76 times before settling down in Houston. She later became a fixture at the company’s reception desk, greeting visitors with her incomparable smile and the ringing refrain, “Where’s your badge, hun?”

She faced tragedy several times, burying her husband and daughter, Vicki, far too young. Yet she persevered with the help of her friends, her church and her faith.

Virgie’s faith was very strong. She joined Chapelwood United Methodist Church in 1969. She was involved in many areas of the church, but The Chancel Choir was a special place for Virgie. Through the years she was President, VP, Tenor Section Leader, Social Chairperson and Choir Librarian of the choir. She was a Wesley Choir Mom and Camp Counselor for 14 years. She was a Lifetime Member of the Board of Stewards and was a Flame Alive Member of the Chapelwood Foundation. After retiring from Western, she spent nearly two decades greeting guests as they entered Chapelwood as their Monday Morning Receptionist.

Virgie is survived by Chester Roundtree, her boyfriend of nearly 50 years, and her grandchildren Hannah Suni and Nathan Giannini. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, sister, husband, and daughter.

The Memorial Service for Virgie will be held at Chapelwood United Methodist Church on Friday, May 14th at 11 a.m. with a Celebration of Virgie’s Life to follow at The Racquet Club (10709 Memorial Drive). Graveside services will be private.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Chapelwood Foundation. For those in the U.K., donations may be made to Marie Curie Cancer Care, the hospice that cared for Virgie’s daughter, Vicki.

Chapelwood United Methodist Church Chapelwood Foundation 11140 Greenbay St. Houston, TX 77024

Marie Curie Cancer Care Supporter Relations Team PO Box 23897 14 Links Place Edinburgh, United Kingdom EH6 9AB

Services

14 May

Memorial Service

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Chapelwood United Methodist Church

11140 Greenbay Street
Houston, TX 77024

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Sher (Ducic) Kustermans

May 7, 2021

There was one thing you could always count on at Chapelwood on Monday mornings.... Virgie would be at the reception desk ripping a few huge rolls of stick-on name tags for the next weeks events. The echo of the rhythm of her ripping was so loud it filled the halls with her signature sound. That and the huge smile and cheerful voice that greeted you at the top of the stairs, along with “good morning hun!” What a treasure it has been to have had the chance to know her. We talked so often of the need to stay positive in life and try to always keep a thankful and grateful spirit, instead of focusing on our needs.... she would say... “that’s his job not ours you know!”.

What powerful words of encouragement, I’m sure she has already inquired about the reception desk position in her new hometown, she was never one to just sit idle. My mom is sort of a newcomer there also, maybe you could look her up and give her a hug from me.

Rest well dear friend, until we meet again.
Sher (Ducic) Kustermans

Ronnie Bickham

May 4, 2021

Virgie treated everyone the same. You could be one of the Vice Presidents of Western or a janitor. When you saw Virgie, she treated you the same. She was quite a lady, she was a legend at Western Geophysical. The world will not be as good without Virgie.

Andy Kushner

May 2, 2021

Simply put, Virgie was the face of Western. The first time a client would visit our group, he/she would always comment about Virgie, and only with the utmost praise.

Joe Vaught

May 2, 2021

I always asked Virgie if Al Richings was in a good mood before I signed in.
She would always say your in luck today hun.

Retta Moore

April 14, 2021

So sorry to hear of the passing of Virgie, she was a wonderful person. I worked as a receptionist for many years at Western's second building and there was not a question that I asked her that she could not answer, she will be greatly missed. My prayers and thoughts are with her family.

Jim Perryman

April 13, 2021

She yelled at me so loud when I 1st walked in the door I almost left, glad I stayed .

Kannan Venkataraman

April 13, 2021

Very sad to learn of our dear Virgie’s passing.
She was literally the “Welcoming Face” at the Western Geophysical facility at 10001 Richmond Avenue for so many years. Her radiant, disarming, almost mischievous, smile was infectious! Life to her was something almost spiritual, meant to be savored and celebrated every moment of the day.

Working at the Main Reception, she would see new faces all the time. Yet, thanks to her phenomenal memory, and genuine care and concern, she would recall either the name, or the face, or something about that person, many years later!

She exuded such warmth and affection. I still remember so many of our company Christmas parties with Virgie gliding across the dance floor in Chester’s arms, greeting and winking at everyone!

Westen Geophyical honored her by naming a support vessel after her, an act that no doubt cemented her relationship to the company forever. Many, many years later, I found a large, framed picture of her christening the vessel, “Miss Virgie”, and made sure to have it sent to her, to remind her of the strong bond she had with the company she so much loved.

We have all been blessed to have known you, Miss Virgie! RIP. You will certainly need no “Badge” to get past St. Peter’s Gate in Heaven!

Deb Dibbern

April 13, 2021

Such a fun and spunky lady. She was a joy to be around and I am blessed to have known her. She will be missed by so many. Prayers for comfort for her family, friends and loved ones...

Frank Wellborne

April 12, 2021

Even though we had few options to help Virgie’s arthritis...she always was thankful for our efforts!...for years!
She had the most positive attitude always that wonderfully influenced our entire day at our medical office.
I suspect God just cannot resist hugging Virgie every time He sees her in Heaven!
Keep them smiling up there Virgie!!!
Love you!
Dr. Frank & Brenda Wellborne

Rob Heallen

April 12, 2021

A wonderful woman. RIP