SPRINGFIELD - Virginia Twitty died Saturday, Oct. 1, 2005, at the age of 91 in Springfield. She was a resident of the Manor at Elfindale since 2003.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church in Rolla. The family will receive friends after the service. Mrs. Twitty's cremains will be interred in the Christ Episcopal Church Columbarium in a private family service.
Mrs. Twitty and her husband, John, were active in Springfield and Rolla for many years. They purchased their first hardware store in Camdenton in 1954 and opened hardware stores in 1957 in Springfield and Rolla. They moved to Rolla from Springfield in 1967, where they lived until she moved to The Montclair at Springfield in 2001. They were both active members of the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Springfield and First Presbyterian Church in Rolla, where they both served as elders. They donated the land for the Russell House in Rolla.
Mrs. Twitty was co-chair with Oren Crosser of the committee to raise funds and build the Rolla Area Sheltered Workshop. She worked with others to develop Rolla Presbyterian Manor. She served Homelife for three years as the first Resident Director.
Mary Virginia Twitty was born Nov. 19, 1913, in Mount Vernon, to the late Harry and Margaret Silverwood. She graduated from Mt. Vernon High School and worked as an aide at the Missouri State Hospital in St. Joseph. While living in St. Joseph, she met John W. Twitty, who was in the Civilian Conservation Corps. They wed Oct. 7, 1937, and were married for 61 years until his death in 1999.
She is survived by three children and their spouses: Margaret and Terry Cossette of Rolla and Collin and Darla Cossette and McKenzie and Brady Cossette of St. Louis; four grandchildren: Brendan Cossette of Jefferson City, Harriet Smith of Kansas City, Douglas Smith of Huntsville, Ala., and Molly Smith of New York; two great-grandchildren, John and Jean Twitty of Springfield and Anne Twitty of Princeton, N.J.
Mrs. Twitty is also survived by one sister, Wylma Teczar of St. Joseph; one sister-in-law, Marietta and L.O. Whitworth of Sikeston; one brother-in-law, Dick and Pat Twitty of Lilbourn, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.
may be made to
ACORN (to enhance the Twitty Arboretum)
P.O. Box 1543
Rolla, MO 65401
Rolla Area Sheltered Workshop
3900 HyPoint Blvd.
Rolla, MO 65401