Funeral services for Mrs. Virginia Dare “Tootsie” Colvin, age 82 of Ruston, LA was held at 4:00 PM, Sunday, July 2, 2023 at Owens Memorial Chapel in Ruston with David Herring leading the service as a celebration of the life she lived. Burial followed in the Simsboro City Cemetery in Simsboro, LA under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston.
Virginia was born August 26, 1940 in a small community north of Ruston as the 6th of 10 children and was welcomed into her heavenly home on June 28, 2023 by her husband of 41 years Herman Dale Colvin. She was known as “Tootsie” to her siblings, nieces and nephews. Virginia was a homemaker for many years and moved frequently as a surveyor’s wife in the southern United States. She later worked outside of the home after her children were older. Virginia retired from Maxwell’s restaurant after more than 21 years of service. She was known for her signature baking skills, especially pound cakes, crème de mint pies and her famous peanut patties. Virginia spent the last 8 years in long term care due to the debilitating disease known as Alzheimer’s. She remained physically functional until the time of the Covid pandemic. Virginia recently transitioned to Alpine Rehabilitation Center where she spent her final days surrounded by family. She was preceded in death by her parents Duster P. and Vida Lee Peterson; brothers: Max, Hilburn and James; and sisters Monnie D and Yvonne.
Virginia leaves behind her children: Brenda Dillard, Delores and husband Scott Perkins, Max Colvin and wife Charisa, Wally Colvin and wife Kathleen, Rusty Colvin and wife Jennifer, Kim and husband Vern Havis and Bill Colvin; 28 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and a host of other family and many friends.
The family would like to thank Sabine Retirement and Rehabilitation Center in Many, LA and Jack Sanders for their many years of great care as well as Allegiance Hospice, especially Pam, Stephanie and Maggie.
Serving as pallbearers will be Amos Dillard, Aaron Dillard, Casey Diffey, Dusty Diffey, Stetson Perkins, Brandon Havis, Tad Colvin, CJ Colvin, Johnny Foster and Dusty Phillips.
Visitation was held Sunday, July 2, 2023 at the funeral home.