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Wendy Reisinger W
Wendy Reisinger
Wendy . Reisinger and Paul E. would like to express our deepest sympathies to the family of Ginny. The first time I met Ginny we visited with my therapy dog Paul E.. Paul so loved her and loved snuggling with her when we would visit. I to looked forward to seeing her on our visits.
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Twin City Model Railroad Museum
Everyone at the Twin City Model Rail Road Museum wish to express our deepest condolences to the family of Ginny. It is to her credit that Peter was raised to be such a great person. The Museum will be making a contribution to the YWCA in Ginny's name.
Nancy N
Ginny was a wonderful person and will be missed by everyone who knew her. I hope that your memories will bring you some peace at this very sad time. I have great memories of her at our family reunions and how much fun we had. Her and I talked about being the "oldest" and "youngest" of our generation and how well we got along. And that Grandma Fisher would be so glad! Love to all, Cousin Nancy.
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rod and denyse
Tom, Joe &Pat, Peter & Cheryl, Ceri, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Ginny was a very special person and she will be greatly missed. We have wonderful fond memories of our times together and will cherish them forever, especially the family reunions. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time. Love Cousins Rod and Denyse
Deborah Laverty D
Deborah Laverty
Tom and family. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Ginny. She and my mom were in a number of Laurel activities back in the day and I just remember her as a wonderful mother figure, well-refined, and out-standing educator in the community. Please know that I am thinking of you and the family during this time. Sincerely, Deborah Laverty Arges
Tom Adams T
Tom Adams
Ginny was a wonderful friend for so many of us. I'm sorry I will not get to see you Tom, Joe, Pete, Ceryl and all. Please know our prayers are with you.
Nancy & Dan Slocum N
Nancy & Dan Slocum
I was so sorry to read of your loss. Mrs. Southard was my favorite teacher in High School. I remember a skirt that I was making. It was plaid, but was printed instead of woven. I spent many days trying to get the seams to match. When I finally accomplished it, she told me that she had expected me to bring in new material and start all over every day. I think I got an A on the project. My husband, Dan was one of the first male students in her family living class in 1971. He talked about that class in the last few weeks. We both learned many valuable lessons from her and have nothing but fond memories. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Nancy & Dan Slocum Independence, IA
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Our thoughts and prayers go out to you at this time of loss.
Ruth Hall McDonald R
Ruth Hall McDonald
It has been a joy to get acquainted with Ginny at the SCNR just next door. I only regret that I really didn't have more contact with you, Tom, and your lovely wife, long ago. We move on in life and cousins lose track of one another. Anyway, we know that she is really at home now and just praise the Lord for her life. Ruth Hall McDonald and husband, Keith (farmer and pastor at the State Center Presbyterian Church
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donna ingraham wernberg
Tom and family, we were so sorry to hear of Virginia's home going. She was such a fun and delightful person. My parents always loved getting together with the two of you. I especially enjoyed riding back and forth to Ames with Virginia when we were both students at ISU. We had some wonderful conversations. She will be greatly missed. Donna Ingraham Wernberg and family
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Obituary for Virginia Southard

Virginia “Ginny” Whitehill Southard, 85, of Laurel, IA, passed away peacefully Saturday, January 11, 2014 at the State Center Nursing and Rehab Center in State Center. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 18, 2014, at the First Congregational Church in Marshalltown. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, January, 17, 2014 at the Main St. Chapel of the Anderson Funeral Homes. Online condolences may be sent to In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions may be directed to either Iowa River Hospice or the Marshalltown YWCA.

Ginny was born in Marshalltown, IA on December 31, 1928 to Joe and Verna (Fisher) Whitehill, she attended Marshalltown schools. Ginny became involved in swimming and diving while young. She graduated from Marshalltown High School. Ginny attended Iowa State University. On December 28, 1948, she married Thomas J. Southard, Jr. Together they raised 3 children, Thomas (III), Ceryl, and Peter, on the family farm just north of Laurel, IA.

Once the children were in school, Ginny returned to college and earned her BA from Iowa State University. She taught at Marshalltown High school for nearly 20 years. While teaching, she earned a Master’s Degree from Iowa State University and did doctoral work there. She taught Home Economics and was proud to have developed the Bachelor Living courses at MHS. A dedicated and loving teacher she was adored by her students. She loved learning and passed that love on to both her children and students.

Ginny was an active community member working with youth at the Marshalltown YWCA (serving on the Y board), bridge clubs, glass club, book club, and volunteering at the Laurel Library. A member of the First Congregational Church in Marshalltown, she providing pre- marital counseling at the church and was a member of the Amity circle. Ginny was a dedicated member of PEO and was recognized as a 50 year member in 2010.

Ginny had many passions. She was a talented seamstress, knitter, and artist. She was well known for the beautiful sweaters that she knit and she also gave knitting lessons. Her travels always took her to the local yarn shop where she would buy vast skeins of yarn to be stored away for future projects. Her grand- children were the light of her life and she delighted in making hand-made sweaters and other articles for them and teaching them the skills to make their own.

Ginny is survived by her husband of 65 years, Tom, and 3 children, Thomas (Patrice Lierley) Southard, Ceryl Southard and Peter (Cheryl Landhuis) Southard, and 4 grandchildren, Jessica, Emily, Kathryn and Christopher. She is also survived by her brother, Dr. W. Ben Whitehill and his wife Carolyn, a niece, Julie Whitehill,and many cousins.

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