SCOTT CITY - Virginia Belle Collier, 76, formerly of Mississippi County, died at 9:15 p.m. Feb. 9, 2005, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau.
Born May 1, 1928, in Oneida, Tenn., daughter of the late Hurstle and Lucy Winchester Laxton Sr., she graduated from East Prairie High School and taught in a rural school for two years. A 30-year resident of Mississippi County, she had been a bookkeeper for the First Security State Bank in Charleston, Cargill and Bunge Grain Elevators and the Collier farming operation. She was a member of the Illmo Baptist Church and a former member of the Victory Baptist Church in Barlow, Ky.
On Feb. 9, 1948, she married Charles Collier who preceded her in death on June 11, 1993.
Survivors include: three daughters, Lynda Gant of Jackson, Joyce Collier of Scott City and Sharon Collier of Atlanta; seven brothers, Hurstle Laxton Jr. of Bera, Ky., Sidney Laxton of Farmington, Joe Laxton of St. Louis, George Laxton of High Ridge, Harry Laxton of Cleveland, Texas, Bill Laxton of Scott City and Charles Laxton of Jackson; three sisters, Rosie Drum of Oak Ridge, Kathleen Amos of Park Hills and Doris Austin of Cape Girardeau; and four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston where services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday. Her brother, Hurst Laxton Jr., will officiate.
Burial will follow in the IOOF Cemetery near Charleston.
Pallbearers will be: Leslie Collier, Joe Simmons, Shannon Collier, Patrick Trentham, Sean Gant, Stephon Gant, Charlie Collier, Mike Laxton, David Collier and Ralph Drum.