Virgie Lee (Robinson) Starr traveled to her heavenly home on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. She was born May 16, 1930 in Ryker, Arkansas to Sherman and Pearl (Spears) Robinson. She married the love of her life, Denton “Mack” Starr on July 1, 1949 and moved to Stilwell, OK. From this union, 3 children were born, Lyle, Patti & Lois.
After losing her mother and father at an early age, Virgie learned from those life experiences and dedicated herself to her own family and was determined to provide them with a better life. While raising her “3 musketeers”, she attended Northeastern State University where she successfully earned her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in education. She began her teaching career in the early 60’s at Kentucky School. Her career continued with teaching at Cave Springs, Lincoln, AR and Siloam Springs, AR before retiring in 1992 after 30 years of being in the classroom.
Virgie loved life and was always on the go, thus earning her the “GO GRANNY GO” motto from her family. Her hobbies were reading, gardening, crocheting, crafting, sewing and spoiling grandchildren. She was active in many civic organizations: Adair County Historical Society where she worked on the Adair County history book and the KCS depot restoration project: Adair County Home Extension Group holding many positions; Adair County Genealogy Society, volunteering at the KCS depot and helping many people researching their family histories; Adair County Fair Board where she was one of the driving forces behind the construction and fund raising for the new fairground exhibit hall; Silver Haired Legislator, Goingsnake District, Red Hat Ladies, Nancy Ward Society, Friends of the Library, D. A. R., and instructor for 55 Alive driving classes. In addition to her organizational work, she loved to travel and has traveled across the United States and to Hawaii, Mexico, Australia, England, Germany, the Caribbean and many other places making friends along the way
She leaves behind her beloved children: Lyle Starr & wife Beverly of Stilwell, OK, Patti VanTeylingen & husband John of Rifle, Colorado, and Lois Jarvis & husband Michael of Verdigris, OK. Her 4 grandsons, Keith Petree, & wife Shawna of Rifle, Colorado, Scott Starr & wife Paula of Stilwell, OK, Travis Starr & wife Nichole of Stilwell, OK and William Galyean & wife April of Broken Arrow, OK. Her 6 great-grandchildren, Jadyn Petree, Kenzie Starr, Rylan Petree, Keegan Starr, Marshall Starr and Walker Galyean. Her extended VanTeylingen family of 3 grandchildren 6 great-grandchildren and 7 great great grandchildren. Brother Sherman Robinson & wife Tina of Gravett, AR, Aunt Mardella Reeves of Huntsville, AR and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was welcomed home by the family members who preceded her: Husband Mack Starr, Parents Sherman and Pearl Robinson, Grandson Anthony Petree, and Brother Nolan Spears
Virgie described her life as wonderfully blessed. She will be missed by her family and friends.
2:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Bro. Justin Heck
In The Garden
Go Rest High
Stilwell City Cemetery
You will be missed.
Dwight W. BirdwellBell, OK
A great lady, always ready to help
Patricia BrannonStilwell, OK
sorry for your loss virgie was one of the best teachers I had a cave springs school burl ford
burl fordwestville, OK
Virgie was a hoot. Just a fun person to be around. I hadn't seen her for a long while, but spent many hours with her getting The Depot going.
Sorry for your loss
Jacki ChristieEldon, OK
Ellen WorkmanStilwell, OK
Our prayers and thoughts are with each family member. Vergie was not just our sister but a very special lady. We loved her very much and will always miss her. We miss our phone visits. The last call we were blessed to receive was just last week. The last thing Vergie said was Tenia I love you and tell (Sherman Ray) my little brother I love him very very much. We will always hold a special place in our heart for our sister “Vergie”.
Sherman & Tenia RobinsonGravette, AR