FAIRFIELD — Virginia Muriel Dulin Gardner was born Oct. 22, 1926. She was born at home northeast of Selma to James E. and Cleo Hanshaw Dulin. She attended school at Selma, where she graduated in 1944.
She was employed as a riveter at the B-29 factory near Omaha, Neb., during World War II.
She returned to Ottumwa and worked at Northwestern Bell Telephone Company as an operator. Virginia married Melvin Thomas (Bud) Gardner on Jan. 19, 1947. He was the love of her life and Bud always joked: "She wanted to marry me from the time she was 12!"
In December 1975, she professed Jesus Christ as her savior and was baptized in the First Baptist Church of Fairfield, where she faithfully served throughout her life.
Virginia loved being with her family and friends. She was an avid reader and bird watcher and enjoyed being outdoors in God's creation.
She is survived by her four children, Debra Kay Gardner of Cedar Rapids,, LuAnn Frisch of Coralville, Mark Alan (Louise) Gardner of Colona, Ill., James Dale Gardner of Moline, Ill.; seven grandchildren, Alison Gardner, Adam Frisch, Shana Gardner, Jennifer Gardner, Mike Gardner, Jessica Gardner and Lisa Roberson; and four great-grandchildren.
Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Marvel; brother, Richard; two infant brothers; her sister-in-law, Shirley Swift; her husband Bud in 1998; and a grandson.
Celebration of life services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church of Fairfield.
Visitation with family will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the church
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Fairfield. Cards and memorials can be sent to 935 Applewood Ct. #4, Coralville, Iowa 52241.
Arrangements are in the care of the Behner Funeral Home in Fairfield. Online condolences may be sent to behnerfh.com.