OBITUARY

Virginia Bell Mayfield

March 3, 1927December 27, 2020
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Virginia Bell Hall Mayfield (Leago, Baker) March 3, 1927-December 27, 2020

On Sunday, December 27, 2020, at 8:19 a.m., Virginia Mayfield, child of God, stepped into glory and met her savior face to face, at the age of 93. Virginia was born on March 3, 1927 in Crockett, TX to Willie Lloyd and Vallie Bell Hall. She graduated from Reagan High School in 1944. In 1945, she was married to Joseph (Joe) Leago, with whom she raised her two children, Anthony (Tony) Leago and Jennifer (Jenny) Leago. During her adult life, besides being a wife and mother, she owned many small businesses. Eventually working for, and retiring from, her son’s company. For many years, Virginia (better known as MeMaw) lived with her daughter and grandchildren until meeting and marrying her late husband, Vernon Mayfield. They married in 1999 at the ages of 72 and 76 and remained married until Vernon’s passing in 2016. The most important thing about Virginia was that she loved the Lord. If the church was open, she was there. She taught Sunday school, she gave of her time and money, and she sang loud enough for everyone in the church to hear her joyful noise! She loved music and singing and would sit at her piano and play songs by ear. Virginia loved to work in the yard, clean out gutters, and fuss at her grandkids for not being out there to help! She had perfect posture, was always impeccably dressed, visited the beauty shop every Friday, and didn’t leave the house without her “face on”. She was feisty, always said exactly what was on her mind, and was funny in her own serious kind of way. She was deeply loved by every single person who had the great pleasure of knowing her! Virginia spent the last seven-plus years of her life being cared for at Windsor Houston. Her family would like to thank the faculty and staff who cared for her in the most kind and loving way. Virginia was preceded in death by parents Lloyd and Vallie, husband Vernon, sister Joyce Hall and brother-in-law Greer Hall. She is survived by son Tony and his wife Yvonne Leago, daughter Jenny Leago, and “second” daughter Lori Ann Bender; brother William (Billy) and his wife Janice Hall; grandchildren Lisa Leago Long, Kevin Leago, Angela Prichard, Melissa and her husband Jay Woolley, and Michael and his wife Tiffany Bouska; great-grandchildren Joshua, Corey, Hunter, Harrison, Haley, Brodie, Lauryn, Madyson, Kora, Brady, Chloe, and Kayla; as well as many nieces, nephews and other family and friends. Visitation will be held on Monday, January 11, 2021 at Pat H. Foley funeral home from 5-8 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at Pat H. Foley at 10 a.m., with a graveside ceremony to follow at Forest Park Lawndale. The family would appreciate your presence at the luncheon to follow, which will be held at the Houston Police Officer’s Union.

Pat H. Foley: 1200 W. 34th St. Houston 77018 Forest Park Lawndale: 6900 Lawndale St. Houston 77023 Houston Police Officer’s Union: 1600 State St. Houston 77007

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, January 11, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021

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  • Committal Service

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021

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Virginia Bell Mayfield

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Angela Prichard

January 24, 2021

Poem I read at my Memaw’s service:

Letter from Heaven

When tomorrow starts without me, and I’m not here to see, if the sun should rise and find your eyes filled with tears for me.

I wish so much you wouldn’t cry, the way you did today, while thinking of the many things we didn’t get to say.

I know how much you love me, as much as I love you, and each time you think of me, I know you’ll miss me too.

When tomorrow starts without me, don’t think we’re far apart, for every time you think of me, I’m right there in your heart.

Lori Bender

January 17, 2021

Following is an excerpt from the tribute I read at the funeral:
What can I say about Memaw? Well, there is a right way to do things, so just do them. No need to wait. You could never describe Memaw as lazy. She was also very much attentive and purposeful. If there was a library book due in a couple of days, why wait? While you would often see Memaw laughing hard and having a good time, there was a time for shenanigans and not a time for shenanigans.
It is a known fact that, by the time you turn 18, you know everything. So, when I met Memaw, I was 18+11, so I really thought I knew everything. But I had a lot to learn from Memaw. For instance, there was a time when we were all out working in the yard and Memaw came running up holding her back side. She was exclaiming, “I have a stob! I have a stob!” Now, I didn’t know what a stob was, but I could tell I didn’t want one. Memaw had sat down on a stick and it had impaled itself in her derriere. After a bit of medical attention, she was right back out there in the yard. It took a lot more than a stob to stop Memaw. That evening, I went upstairs and grabbed the red dictionary from the bookshelf at the top of the stairs. There was no Google or Safari back then. And, sure enough, there it was: Stob – a stick. It was another word for “stick”. Who knew? Memaw knew.
Now, this was also a new one on me: Anybody who has been around Memaw for any amount of time has heard: Well, I Swunee.
Over the years, Memaw and I developed a connection and trust, which became valuable in later years, when confusion and a sense of unrecognition set in. I could sometimes get Memaw to go somewhere or do something that she didn’t know that she needed to. Memaw often would say that she wanted to go home. Because she didn’t recognize things, no place ever felt like home. So while there is sadness and sorrow in this room here today, we can also have a sense of peace and comfort in knowing that Memaw is, and recognizes that she is, home.

Melissa Woolley

January 16, 2021

Some of the things I learned from my MeMaw-(as shared at her funeral)...

First, love Jesus and then, don’t just love Him, really get to know Him

Next, love others and love them so much that you tell them about Jesus

Give yourself completely to the things that God calls you too

Willingly offer your time, talents, and money to the Lord and watch Him do amazing things in your life

Make yourself available to those you care for, show up, cheer them on, pray for them by name and always make sure they know they’re loved

Work hard at everything you do, because even the smallest things matter to someone

Be persistent, never give up, believe in yourself, know that with Christ anything is possible

Take pride in yourself, hold your head high, always try to look your best and stand up straight!

Practice patience-even is it’s 2am and there’s a bunch of teenagers keeping you up!

Live with joy and show it to others by singing loud and sometimes by laughing so hard that you pee your pants!

Take comfort in knowing that God is in control, it will give you a life of peace

Even if you don’t want to, let the kid, or grandkid, sleep in your bed during the storm. You may not realize it, but it will mean the world to them

Take time to sit with people, talk to them and really get to know them. They may just teach you something beautiful

Try to see people the way that God sees them

Pray about everything, study the Bible, live with hope and the expectation that God is always working

And just for fun....

Willingly be someone’s alarm clock, even when they sleep through the 5 alarms they set!

If you really want your shirt to stay tucked in all day, tuck it into your underwear first!

Don’t eat past 7 o’clock or you’ll kick the wall all night!

And lastly, don’t take yourself too seriously when the moment comes and you actually do pee your pants laughing!

Patsy Bushart

January 10, 2021

I liked that she spoke her mind and one of my memories of her ....she was at the office with Jenny and we were talking and she pull my shirt up a little and told me you need to lose weigh, Jenny could not believe she said it, I just laugh and told her yes I do..I thought it was funny....She was a great lady and Iam glad I got to know her....

Jenny Roley

January 10, 2021

The first time I met Memaw I may have been 12 or 13 years old. I was standing in the kitchen. I asked Melissa a question. I am very soft spoken in new situations. Memaw turned on spot and punched me in the arm yelling speak up we can’t hear you. Umm she left a bruise! I knew I would love her then.

A few years later after many many sleep overs, parties and a few vacations with the fam. I was much more comfortable at their house. One night Melissa and I were talking and giggling. Of course it’s like 2:00 am. Memaw came to the door slowly opened it and told us if we did not stop talking she would cut our tongues out then slowly shut the door. I’ve never been so scared I my life!

She was so funny. I loved to go in her room and sit and talk with her, usually when Melissa was perfecting her bangs. Y’all that could take a while. I loved her laugh and her bear hugs. I look forward to the day I get to see her again in glory.

Idalia Valadez

January 5, 2021

I work at Windsor Houston as a cna and restorative. And since i starting working with MeMaw i felt attached to her it was something very special of her she was loved from a lot of people and I am one of them. I was one of the one that always feed her and on my days of work everyone knew not to feed her because she was mine to feed i would fight to feed her i felt like she was my responsibility to feed her and take care of her.. I will miss her and it just feels like my memaw went to rest in peace...love you Ms.Jenny and your family...I love you MeMaw....... I will miss you. 😢😥💓❤❤💖

Angela Prichard

January 5, 2021

My Memaw was one of a kind. She was tough but elegant. Always stood with her head held high and the best posture of anyone I’ve known. She was smart and determined and strong. She made me laugh and made me cry. Sitting between her and her mom (Bobba) in church were some of my favorite childhood memories. They both belted out the hymns with beautiful voices. I always wanted to sound like them but never did have that ability. She loved the Lord and always wanted us to follow suit. She was strong in her faith and I admired her for that. I will always be thankful for my childhood with her and the years we got to spend together before she stopped remembering how to yell my name.

Melissa Woolley

January 5, 2021

My sweet MeMaw was always one of my most favorite people! As a kid, I secretly wished that I could grow up to be just like her. Living in the same house, with my bedroom just down the hall, was such an amazing blessing. She took the time to really know me, she taught me about Jesus and scripture, she was there for all the moments that were important to me, she prayed for me every single day, and she probably knew me better than anyone else when I was growing up! She was one of my very best friends. I am thankful for her life and for all the things I learned just by being in her presence. I'm very thankful that she loved the Lord, because I take great comfort in knowing that she is now completely whole....there is no more pain, no more sadness, no more being locked in a body that doesn't work...she is free to walk, to run, to speak, and to sing with joy before her Maker! I am sad that she is not here with us anymore. But I'm much more grateful that she is home in Heaven where she can be at peace. MeMaw, may the Lord keep you always in the palm of His hand. I love you and I will miss you everyday until I see your sweet face again.

Kora Woolley

January 4, 2021

I don't remember much about MeMaw, because, by the time I was old enough to remember things about her, the Alzheimer's disease had progressed enough to cause Memaw to be very different. The way she was when I knew her was not anywhere near how she was in the stories people told about her. But one thing I believe I will always remember about her is that she recognized the people she loved even when she didn't know how to walk, or talk, or even how to feed herself. She still knew she loved us. Seeing how her face would light up when she saw us told the whole story. She must have been very close to God for him to give her something that special. I remember one of the times she came from the nursing home to Nonna's house for Christmas. As people began coming in, I noticed that she had the biggest smile on her face and tears of joy in her eyes. It could just melt your heart! Just by that, I could tell that she must have been an amazing person. I loved her very much and am proud to call her my MeMaw! I hope her legacy lives on for many, many, years.

Haley Scales

January 4, 2021

The fondest memories I have of my Memaw were when I had her and my Pawpaw Vernon sit down to sing Amazing Grace to them, and almost anytime I went to visit them at home we would find and crack pecans. Unfortunately, the only other memories I have are of her nagging me because I wasn't behaving. (Which I deserved) It breaks my heart that I don't have any more prominent memories with her and that the opportunity for that was taken away. I always thought my Memaw a very beautiful, elegant and respectable woman. My Nonna has always admired Memaw and I've always admired my Nonna, so you can obviously tell how I saw Memaw. She will be missed so dearly and forever loved. The most comforting thing coming out of this is knowing she is no longer in pain and she's with her family in Heaven. She's walking, running, dancing and singing while watching over us with nothing but pure happiness surrounding her.

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