Pilkenton nee Weatherford, Virginia Evelyn

Date: Saturday, November 16, 2013
Time: 2:00 to 8:00 PM and after 9:00 AM Sunday, November 17, 2013

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Sunday, November 17, 2013
Time: 1:00 PM

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Midlawn Memorial Gardens, Union, MO

Memorials / Donations:
May be made to the Church of Christ Food Pantry, St. Clair, MO


Virginia Evelyn Pilkenton of St. Clair, MO departed this life in St. Clair on November 14, 2013, having reached the age of ninety-six years, ten months and twenty-five days. Virginia was born in St. Clair on December 20, 1916, daughter of Bert Morley Weatherford and Jewell Weatherford nee Frakes. On July 27, 1936 she was united in marriage to Kenneth Wayne Pilkenton and two daughters came to bless this union.

Virginia is survived by her daughter, Kay Hafif and husband, Herb, of LaVerne, CA; by her son-in-law, Leland “Pete” Stahlman of St. Clair, MO; by one brother, Robert “Pete” Weatherford of Owensville, MO; by four grandchildren, Chad Johnmeyer and wife, Shelley, of St. Clair, Kay Johnmeyer-Brott of St. Clair, Ruston Hafif of LaVerne and Gregory Hafif of LaVerne; by nine great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, Bert and Jewell Weatherford; by her husband, Kenneth Pilkenton; by her daughter, Judith Johnmeyer; by her son-in-law, Rick Johnmeyer; by her brother, Jack Weatherford; and by two grandchildren, Jeffrey and Dwight Johnmeyer.

Virginia was a Christian and current member of Church of Christ in St. Clair, MO. For many years she was a member of St. Clair United Methodist in St. Clair. During her working years, she was employed by International Shoe Company in St. Clair for over ten years. She had also served as a hostess at Lewis Café in St. Clair for over five years. For a long time she volunteered her time and efforts at the St. Clair Senior Center. Virginia had a variety of interests throughout her life; including reading and playing cards. Virginia loved to bowl and for many years, bowled on a league in St. Clair. She was an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan and loved to watch the games on television. Another passion of hers’ was collecting stuffed teddy bears, which she had many of. What meant most to her was time spent with her family and loved ones. Her children and grandchildren held a special place in her heart, as she did in theirs. The love they shared and many wonderful memories they created will forever be cherished by them all.

A kind and loving mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great and great-great-grandmother, sister, aunt, great-aunt, cousin and treasured friend, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved her.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 PM on Sunday, November 17, 2013 at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO with Brother Tim Suffal officiating. Committal services were held at Midlawn Memorial Gardens in Union, MO with Brother John Westerman officiating. Memorials may be made to Church of Christ Food Pantry in St. Clair.