MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A service for Virginia Hall Wallace, 95, who died peacefully on March 15 at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis, TENN. after a recent period of declining health while living at Job’s Way, the Alzheimer’s care facility of Kirby Pines Estates in Memphis, was held on March 19 at Maley-Yarbrough Funeral Home in Covington, Tenn., followed by Christian burial at Mt. Carmel Cemetery and her coming home to Mt. Carmel, Tenn.
Virginia was born in Mt. Carmel on Oct. 12, 1917, the second of three children of Barnet G. Hall and Annette Crenshaw Hall, and she was raised in this beautiful rural farm community until leaving to attend Memphis State University in Memphis. Virginia received her college degree in elementary education, and pursued a career teaching 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades in elementary schools, a career which was to continue for several decades in several different schools in western Tennessee.
After the conclusion of World War II Virginia met Richard Young Wallace in his new supply minister position at Mt. Carmel Presbyterian Church. Virginia and Young went on to marry and Young’s life work as a Presbyterian minister would lead them to live in Stuttgart, Ariz, Memphis, Tenn, and Tiptonville, Tenn., as Young accepted calling as minister in these locations while they raised a family of three children: Richard, Robert, and Margaret. On retirement Virginia and Young returned to settle in Covington, Tenn., very close to the communities where they both were born.
In 1993 following Young’s death, Virginia moved to Kirby Pines Estates in Memphis, a life estate assisted living community where she lived until her recent passing.
Virginia is survived by two sons Richard of Bolivar, Tenn., and son Robert and his partner Sandra Benoit of Woodstock, together with her son Brian Benoit and his wife Jessica of Wilder; one daughter Margaret of Horn Lake, Ms; a grandson Christopher Wallace of Maryland; and many nieces and nephews.
Virginia was predeceased by her husband Richard Young Wallace; her older brother Barnet G. Hall, Jr.; her younger sister Clara Hall Dickey, and nephew John Alanson Hall.
This obituary first appeared in the March 28, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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