Virginia S. White, 86, legal secretary for 30 years

October 01, 2003

Virginia S. White, a retired legal secretary who was active in community organizations, died of heart failure Saturday at Heartfields at Easton, an assisted-living community. She was 86.

Born on a farm near Centreville, Virginia Saulsbury moved with her family in early childhood to her grandparents' farm in Cordova. She was a 1934 graduate of Cordova High School and attended Goldey-Beacom College in Wilmington, Del.

In the late 1930s, she began her secretarial career in Baltimore, working for Baltimore Coal Co.

In 1940, she married James Benjamin White. In 1946, the couple moved to Fairview Farm near Centreville -- which became her home for more than half a century.

Mrs. White worked as a legal secretary for 30 years at the Centreville law firm of Turner & Turner until retiring in 1981.

Her husband, a retired educator, died in 1995, and Mrs. White moved to Heartfields several years ago.

She was a member of the Historical Society of Queen Anne's County, Kent Island Heritage Society, Double X Homemakers and Mid-Shore Community Concerts. She also was a member of the Corsica River and Kent Island yacht clubs.

She was a communicant of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Centreville, where services will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow.

Mrs. White is survived by a son, James B. White Jr. of Gibson Island; a daughter, Sallie R. White-Bishton of Centreville; two sisters, Helen Roberts of Arlington, Va., and Jean Williams of Cordova; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

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