Virginia Wheelhouse

Virginia WheelhouseVirginia R. Redshaw Wheelhouse, 96, of Rushville died at 7:55 p.m. Oct. 30, 2012, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.

She was born Nov. 28, 1915, in Buena Vista Township, Schuyler County, a daughter of James S. and Myrtle H. Illman Cunningham. She first married Leslie Redshaw on Jan. 1, 1938, in Palmyra, Mo. He preceded her in death on Nov. 19, 1968. She later married Wayne Wheelhouse on Feb. 19, 1970.

She also was preceded in death by one infant son, Michael James Redshaw; one infant great-grandson, Jordan Christopher Clayton; and one sister, Josephine Constable.

Surviving are one daughter, Pat Clayton of Rushville; one son, Charles William "Bill" (and Cathy) Redshaw of Rushville; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A graduate of Western Illinois Teachers College, she taught for two years each at Oakwood #56, Erwin and Schramm Schools.

During World War II, she and her husband Les lived in Spartan, S.C., and San Francisco. After the war, they returned to Rushville where she was a homemaker and worked for two years at the JC Penney store.

She first attended Curry Chapel and Antioch churches and was baptized at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Rushville, where she was a member. She taught Sunday school from the nursery through high school and later the Sooner Sunday school class. For 25 years, she was president of the church missionary group and also was twice president of Christian Women's Fellowship.

She served as a Girl Scout, Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader, vice president of Rushville Women's Federation, served as historian for the PTA, a member of Schuyler Soil and Water Conservation Board, Schuyler County Lady Landowners and Eastern Star #694.

She and her husband Leslie owned harness racing horses and traveled the state attending races.

Services were held Saturday at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Rushville with Reverend John Sowers officiating. Burial was in Rushville City Cemetery. Wood Funeral Home in Rushville was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Rushville or Dr. Russell Dohner Living Memorial.

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Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 11/7/2012

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