Virginia Faye Whitten, 91, formerly of Cape Coral, passed away Oct. 26, 2012, at National Health Care in Joplin, Mo.
She was born on Jan. 2, 1921, in Pineville, Mo., the daughter of Oscar and Gladys Parsons. She attended cosmetology school and opened her first beauty shop at the age of 18 in Pineville. In 1941 she married Rodney Whitten, who was an officer in the Navy, and they moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, where he was stationed prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. During her lifetime, she owned Virginia's House of Beauty in Pineville, Noel and Joplin, Mo. She later opened Virginia's House of Wigs in Joplin where she and her husband worked until their retirement to Southwest Florida in 1973.
She was active in various civic clubs while living in Joplin and Florida, including ABWA, B & PW, Retired Officer's Auxiliary, Ex Execs, Club 85 and Past Officers Club of 68. She also received her real estate license while living in Cape Coral. She was an avid bridge player, and enjoyed playing duplicate bridge, allowing her to meet many new friends.
Virginia Faye Whitten
She was a former member of the Pineville Christian Church, and the United Methodist Church in Noel, Mo., and after moving to Florida, she became a charter member of Calvary Weslyan Church in Cape Coral. She and her husband enjoyed living in Florida for 35 years, and later moved to Joplin in 2009 to live with their daughter.
Her husband, Rodney, preceded her in death Sept. 11, 2010.
Additional survivors include a daughter, Karen Buchanan of Joplin; a son, Melvyn (Phyllis) Whitten of St Louis, Mo.; daughter-in-law, Shirley Whitten of Alabama; four grandchildren, Jason Buchanan, Jacqui Whitten, Aaron Whitten and Rebekah Howe; and two great-grandchildren, Joseph Buchanan and Phoebe Howe.
Mrs. Whitten was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Tom Whitten; an infant granddaughter, Valarie Whitten; and a grandson, Mark Whitten.
Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary, where her body has been taken for cremation. Memorial services will be held on Friday, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m., in the chapel at Mason-Woodard Mortuary. Roger Hasselquist, minister, will officiate.
Following her memorial service, Mrs. Whitten's ashes will be interred in the Pineville Cemetery, in Pineville, Mo. Memorial contributions may be sent to First United Methodist Church in Joplin, or the SW MO Arthritis Association, in care of Mason-Woodard Mortuary.