Virginia Pocahontas White Kinder, 94, died Thursday, October 15, 2015 in Cape Girardeau. She was born July 14, 1921, in Lodi. Mo., youngest of seven children, to Albert Cornelius and Nora Belle Hinkle White.
She married Floyd Logan Kinder on Nov. 4, 1939. He preceded her in death.
Also preceding Mrs. Kinder in death were daughter-in-law Barbara Meyer Kinder; and grandson Sam Stephens.
Survivors include children Harold Kinder of Fenton, Martha (Mike) Stephens of Cape Girardeau, Chris (Mary Ann) Kinder of Eureka, Norah (Price) Ringo of Ironton, Brian (Terri) Kinder of Little Rock, Ark., and John (Becky) Kinder of Little Rock, Ark.; grandchildren Kristi (Rob) Schneider, Mike (Carla) Kinder, Patrick (Yumi) Stephens, Sarah (Jim) Dix, Laurie (Mike) Murray, John (Becky) Kinder, Logan (Jen) Kinder, Malcolm (Senan) Ringo, Brad Ringo, Janszen Ringo, Jennifer (Matt) Gross, and Josh (Lauren) Kinder; 28 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren; also many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
Virginia enjoyed a happy childhood on the family farm until her junior year when the family moved to Fredericktown. There she met her husband. He was a longtime businessman and owner of Kinder’s M Store. They were married for 49 and a half happy and loving years.
Mrs. Kinder was a loyal and dedicated follower of Jesus Christ. She was a member of the Fredericktown United Methodist Church for over 70 years where she enjoyed singing in the choir and serving in various ways. The faith she possessed and demonstrated leaves behind a legacy to her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Besides family, one of her greatest joys was cooking for Fredericktown High School for 27 years which combined her love of cooking and serving. She had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed making people happy. No one felt more welcome than entering her home, and no one left hungry or sad after sitting around her kitchen table.
In recent years Virginia had often remarked to her daughters, “When I am gone, I want you to remember this. I have had a wonderful life.” She certainly had a cheerful spirit, and a loving and grateful heart. She will, indeed, be missed by many.
Visitation will be at 1 p.m., today (Oct. 21) at the Fredericktown United Methodist Church. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m.