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Dorothy Virginia Givens Ireland
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Birth: Nov. 13, 1919
Brownsdale
Mower County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Feb. 8, 2009
Exeter
Rockingham County
New Hampshire, USA

D. (Dorothy) Virginia (Givens) Ireland died at Riverwoods in Exeter NH on February 8, 2009. She was 89 years old. She and her late husband, John, had lived in Exeter since moving there from Ohio in 1995. Virginia was born November 13, 1919, in Brownsdale MN to William Paul and Fannie Crawford Bottum Givens. She graduated from Northfield High School and attended Carleton College before transferring to the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, where she graduated in 1943 as a Registered Nurse with a BS in Public Health. Virginia was practicing public health nursing in Oak Ridge TN when she met and married John David Ireland in 1945. John was stationed there with the Army Corps of Engineers as part of the Manhattan Project. After the War, Virginia continued in public health nursing after moving to Boston MA with John, where she supported his studies at MIT graduate school and where she gave birth to the first of their four children. During the 20 or so years that followed, and the 20 or so relocations that those years would include, Virginia repeatedly established the homes and households that provided the stability and security her four children and husband would come to live in, love in, and remember. Although her formal training was in nursing, Virginia was also an artist, working in sculpture, painting, sketching, pottery, weaving, and intricate needlework, as well as various collections of a more handicraft nature, including her own style of apple head dolls. Her creative legacy is probably most notable for the multi-year geneology project she took on in her mid-1970's, culminating in a 470-page compendium of all she could discover and document about the family trees of both sides of the Ireland Family. The resulting book, "A Tapestry of Ancestors," is the family bible for current Givens and Ireland relatives. She produced it on a primative IBM PC, using early geneology and word processing software that would challenge users half her age today.

Virginia was preceeded in death by her husband John in 2001, brother Hugh in 1998, sister Helen in 2009, and son-in-law Jean-Pierre Subrenat (Helen Ireland) in 2004.

Survivors include her children: William Paul (Sandra Jones), Helen Frances, David Craig (Carol Polony), and Jeanne Ellen (Norris Manser); grandchildren Paul Andrew Subrenat (Roubaix, France), Jennifer N. Prahlow of Boulder CO, Alyson L. Prahlow of Salem NH, Julie E. Manser (Daniel Ganz), and Kira L. Manser of Philadelphia PA; great-grandchildren Ezra and Ella Ganz; siblings Joe Givens of Minneapolis MN and Jean Sharp of Midland MI.

Virginia's final years were bouyed by the many friends and family that supported and cared for her, and by the sense of humor, sharp wit, and critical thinking that she shared even into her final days. The example of her fearless creativity and unceasing curiosity about the wonder of human existence will be a source of inspiration to all who knew her.

(Brewitt Funeral Service)
 
 
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 Parents:
  William Paul Givens (1885 - 1946)
  Fannie Crawford Bottum Givens (1889 - 1983)
 
 Spouse:
  John David Ireland (1918 - 2001)
 
 Siblings:
  Helen G Givens Snustad (1915 - 2009)*
  Dorothy Virginia Givens Ireland (1919 - 2009)
  Joseph Creighton Givens (1921 - 2015)*
  Hugh William Givens (1927 - 1998)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Green Lawn Cemetery
Columbus
Franklin County
Ohio, USA
 
Created by: DogMama08
Record added: May 09, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 89853893
Dorothy Virginia <i>Givens</i> Ireland
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Dorothy Virginia <i>Givens</i> Ireland
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Dorothy Virginia <i>Givens</i> Ireland
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Rest in Heavenly peace.
- William Neill
 Added: May. 26, 2014
Bless you for the fabulous Tapestry of Ancestors, aka The Big Red Book
- Cousin Anne
 Added: Mar. 10, 2013
 
 
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