Our Mother, Virginia Ruth Jessop died peacefully on Saturday, May 30, 2015, with the love of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren surrounding her.
Virginia was born in Wexford Co., Michigan, on October 4, 1914, to Earl Barnhart Leffel and Ruby Dawkins Leffel. She was predeceased by her parents, loving husband of 50 years Edwin Lane Jessop, and son-in-law Eric L. Robinson. She was also predeceased by her siblings – Ernest, Marian, Jean, BettyJo, Richard and Robert.
She is survived by her children – Debby and Max Pierce, Cindy Robinson and Becky Budden who all loved her dearly. She is also survived by Cindy’s son – Aaron Robinson and wife Stacy (their children Jenna & Tara). Cindy’s daughter – Caryn Freed and husband Marvin (their children Mason, Maddy, Emma and Ellie). Becky’s son – Brennan Graves. Becky’s daughter – Sacha Mallory and Seth Barris (their daughter Marley Lane). Virginia is also survived by her younger brother – Philip Leffel and his wife, Ann, and many nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by all of us and her grandpuppy – Darby.
Virginia loved to reminisce with her family about the old days. She enjoyed gardening and traveling and keeping up with the grandchildren’s activities. She attended Michigan State College (MSU) and loved MSU Basketball and Football and playing Golf. She was a very loving and calming influence on all of us. We all thought she and her sisters were the most beautiful girls in the world.
Virginia worked with her husband in the Insurance Agency and retired on her 85th Birthday. Her 100th Birthday was celebrated with many nieces and nephews and friends. She was a longtime member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Opti-Mrs. Club.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 4, 2015, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 218 W. Ottawa St., Lansing, with The Rev. Karen C. Lewis officiating. Interment will take place in Mt. Hope Cemetery at 3:00 p.m. Thursday. Her family will receive friends at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to her church or to the Southside Community Kitchen in memory of Virginia Jessop.