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Mrs. Virgilene Virginia Dales, age 95, a longtime Greenville resident, passed away Monday morning, March 29, 2010 at Ingham County Medical Care Facility in Okemos.

The daughter of George & Ella (Brakins) Harris, Virgilene was born February 19, 1915 in Gowen. On February 13, 1937, at Crown Point, Indiana, she married Robert Bruce Dales.

Mother — A shoulder to cry on, a smile to count on, a love to live on.

Virgilene was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert, in 1981; three brothers, Harold (Leona) Harris, Nello Harris, and Kenneth (Ruth) Harris; and two sisters, Vivian Winter and Dixie (Toby) Ingraham.

Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Lynn & Donald Barbera of Holt; sister-in-law, Maxine Harris of Gowen; special niece and nephew, Nancy & Garrett Reer of Greenville; and several nieces and nephews.

In accordance with Virgilenes wishes, private services will be held at the Christiansen Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Greenville. She will be laid to rest in Rest Haven Memory Gardens, Belding, beside her husband.

Memorial donations, in Virgilenes name, may be made to the Foundation in Support of Ingham County Medical Care Facility, Greenhouse Project, 3860 Dobie Road, Okemos, Michigan 48864

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Virgilenes online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please click the “Sign Guest Book” link above.  


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  1. Anonymous on March 29, 2010 at 12:00 am


    04/28/2010 –

    Bobbi Prestidge

    I would like to send my deepest sympathies to the family. I took care of Virgilene while she was at Trellis Gardens and we became very close. I will always remember her smile and sense of humor, as well as her ability to tell it like it is!! She was a great lady and I am so happy that we crossed paths in our lives. I only hope I made her stay at Trellis a little easier being away from her home and family. We were buddies. Sincerely, Bobbi Prestidge LPN

    03/31/2010 –

    Jeanne Rasmussen Dart

    Dear Lynn, My sympathy to you in the loss of your dear Mother. No matter what age, it is hard to let them go. May the memories of her always remain with you and help you through this difficult time. I remember her putting up with our noisey slumber parties up stairs at your Clay street house. Most sincerely, Jeanne Rasmussen Dart

    03/30/2010 –

    Judy Kiste Beckwith

    Hello Lynne: I do hope you will recall who I am. I lived on Grant street in Greenville. I saw your Mother’s Obituary in the Lansing Paper. She was such a kind & sweet little woman. always so nice to me. I sure remember your parents big gardens and pretty flowers. I loved your Cat. Wasn’t her name snow ball? My husband owns Esquire Barber Shop in Holt and we are active members of Dimondale Presbyterian church and live in S.W. Lansing. Please Email me and let me know how you are. You were so blessed to have your wonderful Mother so long. My Mom and little sister Jill passed away in their 40’s. Sincerely Judy

    03/30/2010 –

    Marlene Wheeler Grams

    Lynn, my condolences to you and your family the loss of your mother. May you always feel her near to you. Hold on to your memories, they will help to carry you through this time. May God Bless you. Marlene Wheeler

    03/30/2010 –

    Gert Anderson Mazurek

    Lynn, My thoughts are with you in the passing of your Mother. May she rest in Peace. (gert greenville schools)

    Lou Ann Dennis Miller

    Lynn, Thinking of you and sending my deepest sympathy in the lost of your mother. I remember her as a very loving, caring person. She seemed to enjoy having us girls around and always had treats for us. May God be with you and comfort you. Lou Ann Dennis Miller

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