Virginia Crayford, 91

Virginia (Perkins) Crayford, age 91, of Wadena, formerly of Dassel, died Thursday, March 19, 2015, at her son’s home in Wadena.

She was born Sept. 13, 1923, in Seville, OH, the daughter of Reynold and Emily (Taylor) Perkins. Virginia grew up in Seville and attended Sharon High School, class of 1941, Medina County School District.

After graduating from high school, Virginia attended nursing school in Toledo, OH, graduating with a licensed practical nursing degree.

In July of 1945, Virginia was united in marriage to Frederick Crayford in Toledo, OH. The couple made their home in Chippewa Lake, OH, where Virginia was a homemaker and also employed as a nurse.

In 1960, Virginia and her sons moved to Dassel, and resided south of Lake Washington until 1963, when they moved into Dassel.

Virginia worked at the Hutchinson Hospital, before being employed by 3M in Hutchinson for 26 years, retiring in 1986.

First and foremost, Virginia loved her Lord and Savior.

She enjoyed reading, especially her Bible; vegetable gardening, canning, crossword puzzles, and playing games with her children and grandchildren (she was very competitive).

Virginia is survived by her four sons, John (Sandy) Crayford, Mark (Mary) Crayford, all of Dassel; Matthew (Debbie) Crayford of Anoka, and Jim (Roxanne) Crayford of Wadena; nine grandchildren, Jason Crayford, Christopher Crayford, Jeremy Crayford, Cora Mustin, Michael Crayford, James Crayford Jr., Jennifer Sundheim, Benjamin Crayford, and Craig Crayford; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a sister, Dorothy Mattias of Grand Rapids, MI; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; two brothers, Walter Perkins, and Ralph Perkins; and two sisters, Ruth Leatherman and Clara “Fannie” Pankake.

A private family service took place Monday, March 23 at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel with the Rev. Ralph Erickson officiating. Interment was at the Dassel Community Cemetery.

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