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Virginia Mae Ford - June 06, 2013


Virginia Mae Ford was born on March 11, 1928 in Grant, Neb. She was the second of six children born to Victor and Carrie Wheeler McCormick.
Virginia grew up in Grant and attended school, graduating from Perkins County High School in 1945. During her senior year, Virginia took Normal Teacher Training and upon graduation she took her first teaching job at a rural school south of Elsie, Neb. known as the McQueen District 37 school. She later taught at country schools north of Elsie including Thompson District 23 school and Perlinger District 70 school.
Throughout her years of teaching she also furthered her education by attending summer classes at Kearney State Teachers College. Virginia taught for a total of 20 years in rural schools in Perkins County-grades kindergarten through eighth grade. Virginia valued education and encouraged all her students to continue education in their lives. Her past students continued to remember her through letters and visits until her passing.
Virginia was married to Donald Eugene Thompson on April 20, 1949. Two children, Jonie and Daniel were born to this union. Don and Virginia farmed and ran a Grade A dairy north of Elsie for many years. Don died in 1972. Virginia sold the dairy and worked in the Perkins County Assessor’s office. She was elected as the county assessor in 1974. She filled that office until she retired in 1983.
Virginia married Glenn Ford on Dec. 31, 1982. They enjoyed many happy years together. They lived in Madrid and Grant and in 2011 they moved into Westview in Grant. Glenn died in February of 2012.
Because of failing health, Virginia moved to the Golden Ours Convalescent Home in Grant September of 2012. She died peacefully at Golden Ours on Tuesday afternoon, May 28, 2013. She had reached the age of 85.
Virginia was an active member of the United Methodist Church and the American Legion Auxiliary.
In addition to her parents and her two husbands, Virginia was preceded in death by two brothers- Duane and an infant, Richard McCormick.
She is survived by those she loved—one daughter, Jonie and husband Don Johnson of Grant and one son, Daniel and wife Connie Thompson of Imperial, Neb.; four grandchildren, Carrie and husband Kolby Wykert, Jeremiah and wife Ashley Johnson, Shelby and husband Josh Day, and Garret Thompson; seven great-grandchildren, Kyla, Kaden, and Kable Wykert; Caitlin and Paige Johnson and Morgan and Molly Mae Day; two sisters, Geneva and husband Merrill Leonard of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Janette and husband Larry Miller of Elkhorn Neb.; one brother, Garnie and wife Jan McCormick of Austin, Texas; two step-sons, Doug and Ben Thompson; two special daughters-in-law, Bonita and Joyce and their families; other relatives from the Ford side and many friends.
Funeral services were held June 4, 2013 at Grant United Methodist Church with Pastor Nora Mendyk officiating.
Burial was in the Grant Fairview Cemetery.
A memorial has been established.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.