Judy Patton Virnelson, 79, of Spruce Pine, passed away Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine.
Born Nov. 28, 1939, in Buncombe County, she was the daughter of the late Gus and Anna Laura Wilson Patton. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Bob” Virnelson, who passed away earlier this year. She was also preceded in death by two sons, Tommy and Johnny Virnelson.
Judy was a member and active in her current church, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Pawley’s Island, South Carolina. She was a Registered Nurse and was instrumental in establishing the labor and delivery department at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine. She loved her grandchildren and was an avid supporter of Mountain Heritage Cougar Football.
Left to cherish her memories are her son, Randy Virnelson, and wife, Sarah, of Spruce Pine; her daughter-in-law, Kathy Sale, of Charlotte; her grandchildren, Jake Virnelson and Zeb Virnelson, both of Spruce Pine, Robby Virnelson, and wife, Melanie, of Charlotte, and Nikki Anderson and husband, Will, of Hickory; her sister-in-law, Kay Thompson, of Charlotte; and her special friend, Sabie.
A service to celebrate Judy’s life will be later at Sharon Memorial Park in Charlotte.
The family would like to extend special “thanks” to Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge and the staff and nurses of Blue Ridge Regional Hospital for their excellent care of Judy.
Instead of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Mountain Heritage Touchdown Football Club, 333 Mountain Heritage High School Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.
Words of comfort may be emailed to the family by going to www.webbfh.com, selecting Judy Virnelson’s name and signing her guestbook. Webb Funeral Home of Spruce Pine is assisting the Virnelson family. Mrs. Virnelson’s obituary has also been posted on Facebook.