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Sister Virginia  Joseph

Memorial for Sister Virginia Joseph

Born in West Bellview, Louisiana on May 4, 1920
Departed on Feb. 2, 2016 and resided in Austin,, TX.
Visitation: Friday, Feb. 5, 2016
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Service: Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016
1:00 pm
Cemetery: Live Oak Cemetery
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Virginia was born May 4, 1920 in West Bellview, Louisiana, to the late James and Alice Bailey, Sr. She was the fifth of eleven children; all of her siblings preceded her in death.

Virginia's formal education climaxed in the third grade, when it became necessary for her to pick cotton full time and help the family financially—but as a woman she increased in Godly wisdom throughout her life. She moved to Port Arthur, Texas in her adult years and reared four children. Although she did not possess the knowledge to help her children with their homework she used her Godly wisdom to teach them: that true success means doing your best based on your skills, that success without conflict or obstacles is unrealistic, and the most important lesson she taught her children was that with God all things are possible.

Virginia was a dedicated worker in the dry cleaners during her younger years, but was a domestic housekeeper all her life.

Virginia's love for cooking was exhibited to her family, friends, and especially in preparing Sunday meals for her pastor. This same Godly love caused her to work diligently teaching young children about the benefits of respect and hard work. As a surrogate mother to the neighborhood children, they would come to buy hot dogs, ice cream, tea cakes and cupcakes, as well as, just hangout and listen to stories about God's love. She was a God fearing woman who walked by faith and was quick to share with anybody who would listen about her love for God. Her constant saying to young people was "don't take no wooden nickels."

Virginia confessed Christ and was baptized at an early age. She matured her faith in God as an active member of Greater Macedonia Baptist Church (Port Arthur, Texas) and upon moving to Austin, Texas with her daughter she transferred her membership to Mount Olive Baptist Church (Austin, Texas).

No matter where you are on life's journey, no matter what your circumstances are, you can draw from the experiences of Virginia and the legacy she left behind; her creative spirit of God lives in all of us, and it is greater than our pain, our disappointments, or our despair. For it is—through these struggles we know that nothing is to hard for God.

Virginia leaves to cherish her memories two daughters, Retired CSM Diane E. Williams (El Paso, TX); Hazel Joseph-McCullough (Austin, TX); two sons, Michael Kemper (Port Arthur, TX), Clarence Joseph (Ausin, TX), a surrogate daughter, Michelle Randle (Hank) of Port Arthur, TX; two grandchildren, Angela Kemper (Port Arthur, TX) and David McCullough (Austin, TX); six great grandchildren, one great-great granddaughter, and a host of surrogate grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Services entrusted to A Life Celebration by Franklin, Taylor, Texas

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