|Birth: ||Apr. 11, 1920|
|Death: ||Feb. 17, 2002|
Noted Grosse Pointe commercial Realtor and broker Virginia S. Jeffries, 81, died after a prolonged illness on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2002, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.
A resident of Grosse Pointe Farms, Mrs. Jeffries was born in Detroit to Virginia M. Straith and Dr. Claire L. Straith, on April 11, 1920. She was a graduate of Kingswood-Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills and Denison University.
On May 13, 1942, she married prominent Grosse Pointe psychiatrist Dr. Benjamin Jeffries. Among her recollections of the early years of their marriage were the spirited political discussions she shared with her husband's uncle, former Detroit Mayor Edward J. Jeffries.
During her long and varied career, Mrs. Jeffries was the former owner/manager of the Norge Village Cleaners in St. Clair Shores. As the former owner/manager of a 182-acre dairy farm, she served as a member of the Lapeer County Dairy Herd Improvement Association. In addition, she was the owner/manager of several commercial buildings in the Grosse Pointe area.
Mrs. Jeffries was inducted into the Detroit Metro Commercial Investment Division Hall of Fame for her distinguished service to her profession and was named Man of the Year by that organization during the 1990s. Upon receiving this honor, she refused to have the wording on the plaque changed to woman of the year saying, 'That's my competition, I compete with men allthe time.'
Mrs. Jeffries enjoyed bridge and was a former member of the Lochmoor Club, the Grosse Pointe Hunt Club and the Renaissance Club.
She was survived by her son Dr. Edward S. Lisbeth Carson) Jeffries of Grosse Pointe; her daughters Grace Jeffries Wilhelm) Quitzow of Berlin, Germany and Susan Jeffries George) Fitzgerald of Alameda, Calif.; her grandchildren Christopher and Sunny Jeffries, Alexis Davis and Leslie and Rainer Quitzow; her great-grandchild Munay Quitzow; her brothers Dr. Richard E. Straith and William M. Straith and her sister Jean S. Diefenbach.
She was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Benjamin Jeffries.
Claire Leroy Straith (1891 - 1958)
Benjamin Jeffries (1914 - 1980)*
Virginia Straith Jeffries (1920 - 2002)
Richard Edgar Straith (1921 - 2010)*
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Record added: Jul 28, 2008
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