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Monday, March 17, 2014

Virginia A. Mote (March 10, 2014)

Virginia A. Mote passed away on March 10, 2014 in Ft. Myers, FL.

Virginia was born August 1, 1920 in MA to Harry and Edna Vett. The family lived in the Boston area before moving to Danielson, CT. Loving to travel, in 1940, she and a friend traveled to Mexico by train. In 1944 she joined the WAVES (U.S. Navy) and was stationed in Cleveland, OH until applying for and receiving a transfer to Hawaii. Her office overlooked the wreckage of the Arizona. There she met her husband to be Wendell C. Mote who was also in the U.S. Navy. Upon discharge they were married in Danielson, CT. in October, 1946. They initially lived in Dayton, OH before moving to Hollansburg.

Virginia while raising 3 children, she worked in the family business, W.C. Mote & Sons, in Glen Karn. She later worked and retired from Hamilton Motors in Greenville. In 1986, they moved to LeHigh Acres, FL and had a furniture repair and refinishing business. Wendell died in 2001 just 2 weeks before their 55th wedding anniversary. In 2007 Virginia, battling the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease moved into a Ft. Myers nursing home specializing in memory care where she died.

In addition to loving to travel which took her to all 50 states, Canada and Mexico, she enjoyed reading, knitting, following her oldest daughter and son to various trapshooting events. She was well known in the area for her famous Boston Baked Beans. She especially enjoyed her grandchildren and great children who shared her love of baseball. Although a member of the Christian Science Church in Boston, MA, she was active in the Hollansburg Congregational Church. She was also an auxiliary member of the American Legion.

She is survived by her sister, Barbara Szall (Henry) of Marietta, GA, her children Laura Christopher (James) of Brunswick, OH, Elizabeth Russell (Leon) Waynesville, NC and son, Wm. Carl Mote (Janet) of Reed, MO. There are 4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Virginia is preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Edna Vett, her brother, Robert and her husband, Wendell.

A celebration of her life will be held later this Spring. Donations in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Assn., www.alz.org will be greatly appreciated by the family.