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Virginia L. Fentem - 95

5/30/1924 - 9/14/2019


Virginia L. Fentem, formerly of Emmet Township, passed away Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019 at Wesley Village in Macomb. She was 95. She was born May 30, 1924 in rural Colchester to Frank and Beulah Stookey Hoyt. Virginia married Arlin D. Fentem in Colchester on November 10, 1946. He preceded her in death on April 21, 2016. They were married for more than 69 years. She was also preceded in death by her parents, by her daughter-in-law Jayne A. Fentem, and by a brother, Billy Hoyt. 


Surviving to mourn her passing are her son, Thomas H. Fentem of Quincy, her granddaughters Claire Elaine Click of Quincy and Sarah Lynn Fentem of St. Louis, her brother, Joe Hoyt of Colchester, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. 


Virginia worked as a bookkeeper at the Citizens’ National Bank in Macomb, the Colchester Sale Barn, the Horne Beverage Company in Macomb, and at McDonough District Hospital. She enjoyed playing bridge and was a member of many clubs. She was a member of the McDonough County DAR, past member of the Eastern Star and a long-time member of the Colchester First Christian Church.   She loved horses and birds, tolerated cats and detested garden pests, especially moles. She had vivid memories of her time riding and showing her horses as a girl. 


Virginia travelled with Arlin on many trips to London and European cities, but she was always a farm woman at heart. She looked forward to family gatherings and was famous for her pies, tuna salad and poppy seed cake. At Christmas, she would hide a new glass ornament inside a 7-foot-tall tree that family members would race to find. She adored her twin granddaughters and always knew exactly what to do when they sought her grandmotherly advice. 


The family will host a celebration of life service at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester. Family and friends may attend a visitation following the service until 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home. The family will hold a private graveside ceremony later at the Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester. Friends may sign the book at the funeral home after 9:00 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. Memorials may be made to Wesley Village Health Care. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com 

Following the services at the funeral home till 4:00 P.M.

2:00 P.M. Saturday, October 19, 2019 at the Funeral Home


  • Mary Warnock

    on 09/24/19

    Virginia was one of the most strikingly beautiful woman i have met.
    Those cobalt blue eyes and that gorgeous black hair.
    Plus she was smart as a whip and had a wonderful sense of humor.
    She was a delight to visit with.  Sorry for your loss.
       Mary R. Warnock

  • Marilyn Smith

    on 09/26/19

    Virginia was a wonderful lady and always had a smile.  Prayers for your loss.

    May God surround you with His loving arms during this time. 

                                      Marilyn and Ronnie Smith

  • Jeff Hoyt

    on 09/27/19

    We are all going to miss "Aunt Ginny" So many wonderful memories of good times and family gatherings. A women of the world with her heart firmly rooted in the midwest and her family.

  • Dawn Stiles

    on 10/07/19

    I spent most of my college years working in the Geography Department at WIU as a student secretary. It was there I met Dr. Fenton. Through him, I met mrs. Fenton. I remember how welcoming she was and how she always took time to talk to me when we were in the same room. Good memories of a lovely lady. Praying for your family in your time of loss.

  • Bill Jacobs

    on 10/18/19

    Dear Family,

    I knew Virginia through her husband Arlin. I was a geography student back in the day. Dr. Fentem would invite grad students to his home, and Virginia was a wonderful lady to have been able to put up with us. I also knew her while serving as a volunteer at Wesley Village. I can see her smile now.

    Peace be with you.

    Bill Jacobs

  • Sara Wood

    on 10/18/19

    Fond memories of her and Dr Arlin hosting the Geography Picnic at their country home with a large yard for games and flying kites. She was ever gracious. May Tom and his two girls have the peace knowing of a life well lived.
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