Virginia Bardeen Bartlett, formerly of Hornell

EUSTIS, Fla./HORNELL-Virginia Bardeen Bartlett, 101, and a long-time resident of the Eustis, Fla. area, formerly of Hornell, entered her eternal rest on Friday (June 3, 2016) at her country home in Leesburg, Fla.

Born February 11, 1915, to Ray and Lenna Bardeen in Hornell, Virginia received her bachelor’s degree in 1935 from Alfred University majoring in Latin and French, her master’s degree from Stetson, and her specialists from the University of Florida. She taught school for 42 years, teaching in Lake County, Florida as an elementary school teacher and then as a Title 1 reading teacher. Virginia was passionate about education and persisted until all her children graduated from college. She believed that everyone could learn to read, and has touched the lives of countless individuals through her giftedness and persistence over the years.

Virginia was active for many years in the First Presbyterian Church of Mount Dora, Fla. teaching Sunday school and Bible studies. She enjoyed traveling the world, playing euchre with her family, and raising citrus and cattle. She preferred being outside working the fields or just sitting in the barn rather than being in her house. She loved all animals and had a special place in her heart for baby calves, usually giving each one a special name.

Virginia is survived by three children, James (Marcia) Bartlett of Grand Island, Fla.; Howard (Gloria) Bartlett of Cartersville, Ga.; and Jane Bartlett of Eustis, Fla.; four grandchildren; James (Lisa) Bartlett, Katey (Kevin) Burger, Philip Bartlett, Melissa (Patrick) Bostic; one sister who is also a centenarian, Mary Wilson of Canaseraga, N.Y.; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, and three brothers. She will be remembered by the many, many students and friends whose lives she touched over the years. May she rest in peace. We will miss you, Virginia Bartlett.

The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell is honored to serve the family of Virginia Bardeen Bartlett.

Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside service at 10 a.m. Saturday (June 11, 2016) at the Howard Cemetery, the Rev. Barre Butts officiating.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in her memory to the First Presbyterian Church of Mount Dora 222 W. 6th Ave., Mount Dora, Fla. 32757.

Online condolences or remembrances of Virginia are welcomed at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home.