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Virginia Belle Elkins Starr

Nov 12, 2013

Virginia Belle Elkins Starr, 79, Nauvoo, Ill., died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at the River Hills Village in Keokuk.

Friends may call after 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15, at the Nauvoo United Methodist Church Friendship Hall in Nauvoo, Ill., where the family will meet with friends from 5 to 7 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Nauvoo United Methodist Church in Nauvoo with the Revs. Randy Azbel and Mark Anderson officiating.

Burial will follow at the Oak Grove Cemetery in rural Hamilton, Ill.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in her memory to the Nauvoo United Methodist Church or Oak Grove Cemetery.

Online condolences may be made to the family at Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Homes are assisting the family with the arrangements.

Born March 10, 1934, on a farm south of Knox City, Mo., she was the daughter of Russell R. and Bessie C. (Snelling) Elkins. On Dec. 29, 1957, she married Lloyd Stanley Starr. He preceded her in death.

She attended school at Center Ridge Grade School. She was a 1952 graduate of Edina High School and in 1955 she graduated from Blessing School of Nursing in Quincy, Ill. After college, she worked as a Nauvoo Colusa school nurse, she had also worked for Carthage Memorial Hospital, Ft. Madison Health Center and the Keokuk Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit. Along with her husband, she was the owner of Starr’s Garage in Nauvoo for almost 50 years.

She was a member of the Nauvoo United Methodist Church, the American Legion Auxiliary, Sonora Homecomers and the Blessing Alumni class of 1955. She served on the Nauvoo Public Library Board, American Red Cross Blood Mobiles, yearly Kindergarten Roundups. She was also involved with the Keokuk Camera Club and Golden’s Point B-1-2. She enjopyed spending time with her family.

Survivors include her children, Jean (Vince Seaver) Starr of Nauvoo and Hamilton, Ill., Keith (Joanne) Starr of Charles City, Linda Starr of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Martha (Neal) Miller of Franklin, Tenn.; her sister, Betsy Wharton of Monticello, Ill., three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.


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