On February 14, 2018, Virginia Cole passed away in her sleep. She was 94 years old.


Virginia Rae Cole was born on February 27, 1923. She was born in Peoria, Illinois. She was the oldest daughter of Victor Miller and Mabel Skough Miller. She had one brother, Thomas Miller and one sister, Faye Miller Huntington. Both preceded her in death. She attended the University of Wisconsin and after earning a Bachelor’s, she worked as the main secretary for a Methodist church in Madison. While attending Wisconsin university, she met Wayne Cole who was working on his PhD in history. They were married on December 24, 1950. They lived in Arkansas where Dr. Cole was an associate professor. They then moved to Ames, Iowa, where Dr. Cole continued his teaching and research career. In August 1960, their only son Thomas was born. In 1965 the family moved to Silver Spring, Maryland where they live for the rest of their lives. Virginia got a master’s degree in library science. Although she had numerous opportunities to work at a library, she made a choice to stay home and raise her son. She also was a loving wife, companion, and editor for her husband. In September 2013, her husband of many years passed away from Parkinson’s. During the last four years of her life, her son took care of her in their home of many years.


Virginia leaves behind her son Tom and many nieces and nephews and friends. Both the cremated remains of Virginia and Wayne will be returned to Slater, Iowa where they will be interned at the Lutheran cemetery.


A memorial service will be held Tuesday July 24, 2018 at 12 noon at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Slater. Burial will follow in the Bethlehem Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, gifts are encouraged to be given to the Parkinson’s Research Fund. Soderstrum Funeral Home in Slater is assisting the family.