Virginia (Harrington) Runnells (1922-2019)

Virginia (Harrington) Runnells, age 96, of Harvey, passed away on Monday, May 27, 2019 at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines.

Virginia was born in Harvey on Nov. 29, 1922, the daughter of Everette and Nellie (Hayes) Harrington. She attended rural school and graduated from Harvey High School. She worked various places in Oskaloosa and Knoxville.

Virginia was united in marriage to Robert Runnells on Sept. 26, 1945 in the Little Brown Church in Nashua. They were blessed with one daughter, Diana. Virginia enjoyed traveling and spent many summers vacationing in several states. She also traveled to Europe and Hawaii. She enjoyed dancing and met many wonderful people. Virginia spent 15 winters in Mission, Texas. She enjoyed doing things with her family and friends.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 11 a.m., at the Winfield Funeral Home in Knoxville. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m., with Virginia’s family present to greet friends and relatives. Burial services will follow at Graceland Cemetery. Following services, a luncheon will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Knoxville.

Those left to cherish Virginia’s memory include her husband, Robert Runnells; daughter, Diana (Don) Widga of Polk, Neb.; sister-in-law, Virginia Harrington of Sidney; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Virginia is preceded in death by her parents; grandparents; two brothers; and one nephew.

Memorials may be given in Virginia’s memory to the First United Methodist Church in Knoxville and the Harvey Community Center.

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