Virginia Claypool nee Noland Wilson, 78, of Sugar Grove, passed away on Friday, Aug. 27, 2010, after a long battle with Alzheimerâ€™s disease.
Virginia, also known as Ginni by her family and closest friends, was under the wonderful care of Tower Hill Healthcare Center in South Elgin and Passages Hospice during the final months of her life.
Virginia was born on July 17, 1932, in St. Maryâ€™s, W.Va. At the age of 12, she was taken in by the family of Hal and Eunice Wilson. The Wilsons and their daughter, Dona Lynn, welcomed Virginia into their home, where she was adopted and became a member of a wonderful loving family.
Virginia attended Spencer High School and excelled in everything she did. She finished top in her class. She was also voted most popular and most likely to succeed by her classmates. After graduation, Virginia ventured far from home to attend Aurora College in Aurora, where she studied education and worked part time at All Steel in Montgomery. It was during this time in college where she met the love of her life and future husband, James Claypool.
After graduation, she taught English at the Community High School in Erie, Ill., and then at Franklin Junior High in Aurora. James and Virginia were married on June 22, 1957, in Aurora and began building their life together. In October of 1958, Virginia gave birth to her first child, Mark Claypool. At that time she gave up her teaching career to dedicate her life to her family. In 1964, James and Virginia adopted an infant girl, Lisa, and their family was complete.
Virginia worked as an admissions counselor at Aurora College and later served a term as President of the Alumni Association. Virginia attended Northern Illinois University and earned a Masters Degree in Education.
In 2000, the early signs of Alzheimerâ€™s disease began to show and set the stage for the final years of her life. True to her nature, she did research to better understand and come to terms with the disease that would eventually claim her life.
Virginia is survived by her husband, James Claypool of Sugar Grove; son, Mark (Tricia) Claypool of Sugar Grove; daughter, Lisa Claypool Allen of Evanston, Ill.; grandsons, Tyler and Kyle Claypool and Joseph Allen; granddaughters, Brianne Claypool and Rose Allen; brothers, Bill Noland, Jack Stewart and Harley Stewart; sisters, Helen Boggs and Dona Lynn MacMurdy.
Virginia is preceded in death by her birth parents, Lula and Amon Noland; her adopted parents, Hal and Eunice Wilson; and two brothers, Eugene Hornbeck and Warren Noland.
Visitation was held on Tuesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Place, Aurora, IL 60506. Funeral services were held at 10 am. on Wednesday, at the chapel. Graveside services will immediately follow at Sugar Grove Cemetery in Sugar Grove.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested gifts be made in Virginia Claypoolâ€™s name to the National Alzheimerâ€™s Association or Aurora University.
Virginia Claypoolâ€”high achiever, loving wife, doting mother, faithful servant to God in life.
For information, please call (630) 897-9291 or visit www.healychapel.com to sign the online guestbook.