Virginia F. Scites, age 88, of Wellston, passed away Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in Dublin, Ohio. She was born April 10, 1930 in Washington, Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late Walter Emmit Cooper and Ida Mae Baker Cooper. Virginia was a former employee of Manpower Training Center in Jackson from 1965 to 1982. She later worked for O.V.A.L. before retiring in 1991. Virginia attended Hope United Methodist Church and was a member of the former Trinity United Methodist Church in Wellston (originally the Evangelical United Brethren) and the Wellston Senior Citizens.Virginia’s lifelong dedication and love to her Christian faith began in the small town of Cross Creek, Pennsylvania where she was raised with her seven older brothers and sister in a big home situated in the country side, where her passion for being active outdoors in nature began. She liked to share fun family stories about her time there. After her family relocated to Wellston, she finished high school and soon met her husband Worthy. Throughout their life together, they shared the same faith and same love of nature and pursed activities to enhance this, such as exploring our country on family camping vacations with their four children and raising summer vegetable gardens, and taking Sunday walks in the woods. Virginia loved being physically active as long as she was able. From taking tap dancing lessons and performing in her youth to finishing three triathlons in her seventies at Lake Alma’s Beach Parties, she remained strong. She had passion for working in her yard and planting and growing her flowers and roses every season. She embraced the skill and enjoyment of home cooking and canning that she learned from her mother and delighted her family and others with sharing her delicious homemade foods. She was a dedicated mother and embraced her family, friends and community with caring and generosity. Her husband and most of her brothers served in World War II and although it was a difficult time, her experiences of this influenced her respect for veterans and our country. Her sister became a school teacher and also demonstrated the desire to serve and help others. Virginia always held her family close in heart. In her final years she remained in her home and had comfort and bonding with her pet cat Annie who stayed with her in life until recently passing at 19 years old. Virginia’s family has peace that she is with all of her loved ones who comfort her now in heaven.
She is survived by her children, Patricia Kendrick (Steve) of Lafayette, Colorado, Anita Scites of Dublin, Ohio, Willetta Schmidt of Scottsdale, Arizona and Anthony Scites (Pam) of Colorado Springs, Colorado; 6 grandchildren, Steven Kendrick and Elizabeth Kendrick, Eric Schmidt and Peter Schmidt, Andrew Scites and Aaron Scites; great-grandson, Barrett Scites; as well as several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, Worthy A. Scites; brothers, Thomas Cooper, Floyd Cooper, Herbert Cooper, Clinton Cooper, Blanchard Cooper, Robert Cooper and William Cooper, and sisters, Alice Cooper and Mariana Cooper.
Calling hours will be Monday from 5 to 8 P.M. at the McWilliams Funeral Home in Wellston. Funeral service will be Tuesday at 1 P.M. at the McWilliams Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Radcliff Cemetery. Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.mcwilliams-funeralhome.com