Virginia Elizabeth Whitfield Borden was born in Goldsboro, Wayne Co, NC, 4th of 9 children born to retail merchant, John Lemuel Borden & Rowena "Rena" Micks. She is the granddaughter of prominent farmer/banker/manufacturer, Edwin Brownrigg Borden & (1st) wife Georgia Caroline Whitfield of Goldsboro.
Virginia married Edwin Waller Mordecai of Durham, NC. sometime after 1920. She was widowed in 1944, and survived 37 more years until her passing in 1981 at age 84.