Virginia Mae Cooley Shrum

Virginia Mae Cooley Shrum, 86 of Maurertown passed away Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Greenfield of Woodstock. A Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock. Reverend Richard Craver and Reverend Freddie Helsley will officiate. Burial will follow at the St. Luke Cemetery in St. Luke.

Mrs. Shrum was born October 17, 1928 in Woodstock. She was the daughter of the late Elmer and Edna Fogle Cooley. Mrs. Shrum was a 1946 graduate of Woodstock High School and then went into Nursing School. She was a member of the Narrow Passage Chapter of DAR. She was the Corporate Secretary for Hottel-Keller Memorial Inc., also the Director of the Hottel-Keller Museum and Director and Secretary of Hottel-Keller Association. She retired after 40 years at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital as a Nurse. She was a member of the St. Luke Brethren Church. She organized and directed the Junior Youth Choir for 7 years and taught Sunday school for 50 Years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Austin Lee Shrum; a sister, Jane Sibert and a brother, Tom Cooley.

She is survived by 2 daughters, Linda Lee Clark and husband Wayne of Woodstock and Margaret Ann “Peggy” Safranek and husband Albert of Edinburg; a sister, Mildred Wakeman; a brother, Don Cooley; 4 grandchildren, Timothy Clark, Amanda Hoffman, Adam Safranek, and Angela Christensen; 7 great grandchildren, Dot Smoot who was loved and thought of as a daughter, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Ralph Wakeman, Jeff Wakeman, Michael Cooley, Don Cooley Jr., Joe Sibert, and Keith Cooley.

The family will receive friends from 7-8 Monday, January 19 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be given to St. Luke Brethren Church Building Fund 3250 Back Road, Woodstock, Virginia 22664, Woodstock Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 221 Woodstock, Virginia 22664 or Blue Ridge Hospice 333 W. Cork St. Winchester, Virginia 22601.

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5 Condolences to Virginia Mae Cooley Shrum

  1. Susan Walls, Regent, Narrow Passage Chapter, NSDAR says:

    I knew Virginia primarily through talks we had when several DAR members would visit her, first at Consulate Care and then at Greenfield. She shared wonderful stories and memories. Her hair was always perfection as were her nails. Virginia was gracious and funny and welcoming. We stopped by on Friday but she was sleeping then so we left without waking her. Though we didn’t get to talk this time, we were thinking of her and will continue to remember her in our prayers.

  2. Jo Stickley says:

    Many prayers and thoughts are with you all during this sad time. We can thank God for His peace which is there for all of us during these times. God’s Blessings to you all.

  3. Joe & Diane Sibert says:

    Our thoughts & prayers are with the family. Aunt Jenny was such a beautiful & sweet lady. On a few occasions when our children were young, we stayed with Aunt Jenny & Austin on our travels back home. Joe also has fond memories of hunting with Uncle Austin. We too enjoyed seeing & talking with them at the annual Cooley reunions whenever we were able to attend. We will always cherish those wonderful memories and know that they hold a special place in our hearts.

  4. Debbie Shrum says:



  5. Meg (Peggy) Safranek says:

    My mother was a remarkable person. Always cooking, cleaning, gardening, canning, sewing clothes for us, and comforting us when we were ill. She was a very forgiving person. No matter what you did. She may not have approved all the time, but she’d always forgive. And never bring it up again. I loved her so much. There are no words.
    Mom, take your rest now. You earned it. It helps to know you’re no longer in pain. Thank you for all you did for us.

    I was a sheep in my family. As my friends are saying, I was “the tie-dyed” one. I’ll see you on the other side Mom. Until then…..Peace and Love to all who knew and loved her.