Virginia Caroline Phillips Blakeley
July19, 1930 – July 27, 2018.
Virginia was born in Chatham Township. She is predeceased by her parents William Phillips and Keitha Ogletree Phillips; her step-mother June Knight Phillips Poag ; her sisters Georgina Phillips and Colleen Phillips Baxter and her brother-in-law Robert Baxter. She is survived by her daughter Ann Blakeley Kirkham and son-in-law Douglas Kirkham; her 3 granddaughters Kathryne “Katie” Kirkham (Michael Keating), Kelly Kirkham Longman (Brynley Longman), Alexandra “Alex” Kirkham McGriskin (Edward McGriskin) and her 6 great-grandchildren Fiona, Nevan, and Owen Keating, Kestrel Longman, and Bazeltine and Francis McGriskin. She is also survived by 3 brothers, Donald Phillips, James Phillips, and George Phillips, her aunt Ellanor Ogletree Murdock and several nieces and nephews. She will be missed by her family at Blenheim Community Village.
Virginia was a creative person. She played piano, composing her own music for 75 years. She enjoyed writing stories and poems. She drew and painted, realistically capturing the people and places around her. Virginia loved plants and animals, especially her cats. She would ride her bicycle to the many wooded areas surrounding her country home, documenting the local flora and fauna. Her reading interests covered a wide variety of subjects. When her health and eyesight deteriorated, Virginia spent many hours listening to CBC Radio and her beloved classical and rock music. A private interment will be held at Fansher Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at www.lifetransitions.ca.