RADFORD – Virginia Lee Martz Piper, age 83, of Radford, passed on to eternity Saturday, April 14, 2012.
Virginia was born in Ellerslie, Md., to Fred and Helen Martz on April 12, 1929. She met her husband, Mike, at the Celanese Plant in Cumberland, Md., and they married in 1950. They lived in Lavale, Md., for many years until Mike was transferred to Radford, to be employed by the Radford Ammunition Plant.
While in Radford, Ginny was employed by Huddle’s Jewelry and then retired from Sturgill’s Jewelry many years ago. Ginny was an active member of St. Jude’s Catholic Church in Radford, and enjoyed playing bingo in her spare time. She loved to play the piano, and made beautiful cross-stitch artwork. She was an amazing, beautiful woman, and always had a smile on her face.
Ginny is survived by her husband, James M. (Mike) Piper; children, Michael F. Piper of Frostburg, Md., Patty Piper Yeager and son-in-law, Scott, of Kansas City, Mo., and Greg Piper and daughter-in-law Maricca Handy Piper of Draper. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Mandy Lee Mabry and her fiancé, Micah Stoute Sr. of Charlotte, N.C. and Kevin Mabry from Kansas City, Mo., and great-grandson, Micah Reter Stoute II. She also leaves behind her beloved sister, Fay Plummer of Frostburg, Md.; sister-in-law Lois Ucci of Pensacola, Fla., and nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Ginny’s life will be held at St. Jude’s Catholic Church in Radford Wednesday, April 18, at 11 a.m. She will be laid to rest at Sunrise Memorial Park in Radford. The Campbell family is in the care of Mullins Funeral Home & Crematory.