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Virginia Harris Mikell
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Birth: Jun. 23, 1923
Nevada
Vernon County
Missouri, USA
Death: Feb. 28, 2010
Florida, USA

VIRGINIA HARRIS MIKELL, 86, of Tampa, was called to God's open arms February 28, 2010. She was born June 23, 1923, in Nevada, Mo. She moved at an early age with her family to South Tampa. She graduated from Plant High School in January 1942 and graduated from Sullins Jr. College in Bristol, Va., in 1944. Virginia was preceded in death by her first husband, Donald F. Herman in 1952; her son, Douglas in 1993; and most recently, her husband, Emory, in January 2010. She is survived by her sons, E. Allen Mikell of Orlando, Fla., and Gregory and Stephen of Tampa; sister-in-law, Evenell Pent of Weeki Wachee, Fla.; grand-children, Amanda E. Mikell of W. Palm Beach, Fla., Jonathan A. Mikell of Gainesville, Fla., Emory Anne Mikell of Winter Park, Fla., Sarah A. Mikell of Lexington, Ky.; and numerous other family members and friends. Virginia was a wife, mother to four sons, an active church member, and a volunteer to numerous organizations throughout her life. Her early years included working at Drew Field and MacDill during World War II. It was at MacDill that she met Donald Herman, who had just returned from New Guinea. Upon his discharge, they were married in February 1946, and they moved to Jacksonville to begin his career with the Chevrolet Division of GM. When Don died in 1952, she returned to South Tampa. When registering her son, Greg, for kindergarten, she met a recently widowed captain who was bringing his son. They married in February 1954. His career took her to Japan, Louisiana, Guam, Massachusetts and New Jersey. Being the wife of a U.S. Air Force officer afforded her time to devote to her God, her family and the community where she was stationed. Upon Emory' s retirement from the USAF in 1969, they moved back to South Tampa. Returning to the First Christian Church, where she had been baptized as a child, she became an active member. She felt honored and privileged to have served in numerous capacities, including as a member of the diaconate, as an elder, member and chairperson of numerous committees, church secretary and chairman of the board. Virginia was also key to the yearly reunions of the Plant H.S. class of ' 42, keeping alive the memories of their youth. When her youngest son left for college in 1973, she became involved with The Children' s Home of Tampa, serving in the South Tampa Auxiliary, as a staff volunteer, committee member, and as a member of the board of directors since 1978. She was especially honored when in May 2001, Virginia was recognized as Outstanding Volunteer of the Year in Tampa by The Volunteer Center of the United Way. To all who knew her, she was a tireless contributor, a classy lady, so full of boundless love and compassion, a pillar of strength and a rock in troubling times. A celebration of life will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 6, 2010, at Blount & Curry Funeral Home' s MacDill Avenue Chapel. Visitation with the family will begin at 1 p.m. A second service, for those who worshiped with her, complete with her favorite hymns, will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 13, 2010, in the former First Christian Church sanctuary at the Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church located at 350 S. Hyde Park Ave. Visitation will be at 10 am. Inurnment services will follow at Garden of Memories. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Virginia' s memory to The Children' s Home Inc., 10909 Memorial Highway, Tampa, FL 33615-2511. Please sign the online guestbook at www.
 
 
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  Emory A. Mikell (1921 - 2010)
 
Burial:
Garden of Memories Cemetery
Tampa
Hillsborough County
Florida, USA
Plot: Section-Azalia, Lot B, East 27
 
Created by: Vera Mikell Sodek
Record added: Mar 04, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 49064983
Virginia <i>Harris</i> Mikell
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