Virginia Beckfield

Virginia Wood Beckfield, 95, of Fonda, died Sunday, May 7, 2017 at Woodlands Creek Active Retirement Community in Clive.

Funeral services were held Thursday, May 11, at Varina United Methodist Church. Burial followed in Cedar Cemetery in Fonda. Memorials may be made to the church. Mahaney Funeral Home in Fonda is in charge of the arrangements. 

Virginia Wood was born on Oct. 27, 1921, in Storm Lake, the daughter of Dewey and Lucinda (Moulton) Wood.

In her youth, Virginia was baptized and confirmed at the Presbyterian Church in Fonda.

She attended Fonda Public School, graduating in 1939. She continued her education at Buena Vista College, where she was a member of Phi Alpha Pi sorority. Virginia began teaching at Ware and Linn Grove public schools. She often reflected fondly on those days and her students, whom she adored.

On March 6, 1949, Virginia was united in marriage with DeWayne Loyal Beckfield at the Presbyterian Church in Fonda. Together, they were blessed with three children: Paige, Peggy and Brett.

Farming and managing the farm was not only the family business, it was her passion. Virginia lived in the same house on the farm nearly all the years of her life.

Virginia was an active member of Varina United Methodist Church. She held various offices, such as the Secretary of the Church board, taught Sunday and Bible school and was a UMW member. Virginia could always be counted on to supply food for weddings or showers. In 1988, she was awarded the Special Mission Recognition Pin for her support of missions by UMW.

Virginia was very active in the Fonda community. She served on the Fonda Public Library Board, was a member of Qui Vive Study Club and Federated Women’s Club as County Literature Chairman and held various positions with Order of the Eastern Star.

Virginia was a voracious reader, a skilled quilter and a talented artist. She spent many hours researching and chronicling family genealogy. She also enjoyed playing cards, dancing and bird watching, and she was an avid Iowa State men’s basketball fan. Most of all, Virginia’s devotion to being a loving wife and mother was always important to her.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children: Paige (Randy) Hunt of Athens, Tenn.; Peggy Beckfield of Prole; and Brett (Gloria) Beckfield of Hummelstown, Penn.; her grandchildren: Charley (Heather) Hunt, Brooke (Rob) Liles, Spencer Beckfield and Sophie Beckfield; her great-granddaughter, Josephine Corrine Hunt; and extended family and friends.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; husband, DeWayne; and sisters, Arlene Nentwig and Jean Allen.