Virginia Shelia Brainerd Hodge, of Sanger, Texas, age 78, loving wife, mother, and "Grammie," passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by family on June 15, 2014.
Virginia was born on September 15, 1935, in Camden, New Jersey, to Dr. Warren W. and Sara L. Brainerd. She attended St. Petersburg High School in St. Petersburg, Florida, and graduated from the University of Florida, where she played the clarinet in the marching band and earned her degree in Education. She met the love of her life and future husband of 55 years, then Lt. Fred P. Hodge, at a 5-year class reunion. They were married on June 27, 1957, in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Early in her career Virginia was a grade school teacher in Florida and Louisiana. They moved to Denton, Texas, in 1967 when Fred was beginning his 31-year career as a Captain for Delta Airlines. She taught business machines at TWU and worked at the Denton Arts Council. Her proudest accomplishment was being the greatest mother to daughters Gabrielle Yvette and Liselle Denise who will cherish her goodness and love forever.
Even though she enjoyed traveling around the world, visiting historic landmarks, and cross country road trips, her countless joys were closer to home. "Ginny" was a perfect hostess and a wonderful cook who enjoyed entertaining friends and family in her beautiful house that Fred had built for them 20 years ago in Sanger. She enjoyed country living on their farm, helping out with livestock, mowing on the tractor, picking up pecans in the back pasture, having the church 4th of July picnic under the shade trees, and relaxing while watching her hummingbirds.
Virginia was an active member of Blue Mound Methodist Church in Sanger and was always willing to help others and volunteer her time to many local community projects. She was very proud of being a former Director of the Denton Community Food Center.
Virginia loved being a part of her women's groups and cherished the friends she made through them. She was a long time member of TFWC Sanger's Wednesday Study Club, Denton's Ariel Club, and Shakespeare Club. She was a past Regent to the John B. Denton Chapter DAR and member of Benjamin Lyon DAR, and was Past District Worthy Grand Matron Order of the Eastern Star and Past Worthy Matron Order of Eastern Star for Denton Chapter 259 and Decatur Chapter 543.
Virginia was a patriotic person too and sincerely appreciated the men and women who served this country. She always made an effort to be present along I-35 and be one of the many waving her U.S. Flag proudly for the Medal of Honor recipients on their way to Gainesville.
Virginia is preceded in death by her father, Dr. Warren W. Brainerd, her mother, Sara L. Brainerd, and one brother, Warren Brainerd, Jr., and her best friend Brenda Price. She is survived by husband, Fred P. Hodge, of Sanger; and daughters, Gabrielle Hodge Boyd (Jack C. Boyd) of Sanger; and Liselle Hodge Trevino (Rey Trevino) of Denton; two very loved grandchildren, Emily T. Boyd and Ryan M. Trevino; and her special niece, Thalia Waters, of Clearwater, FL.
Friends are cordially invited to visit with the family at DeBerry Funeral Directors, 2025 W. University Drive, Denton, Tuesday, June 17, 2014, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. There will be a graveside service at Roselawn Memorial Park, 3801 Roselawn Drive, Denton, TX, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at 1:00 p.m.
In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions can be made to the Denton Community Food Center, 109 W. Sycamore St., Denton, 76201.