Virginia A. Bardwell of Truro, Massachusetts died on November 21 at home surrounded by family.
Born in Bloomington, Illinois in 1923, Virginia was the only daughter of Raymond and Irene Attleberry. Her education began in a one room schoolhouse and continued on to graduate from Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois.
After Virginia’s marriage to Charles Bardwell in 1945 at the age of 22, they moved to New England where he finished medical school and she went to work for the New England Dairy and Food Council. She also actively taught home economics to returning GI’s. Charles and Virginia returned to Illinois for 14 years to raise a family and moved back to New England and Cape Cod where they spent their remaining 54 years.
While on the Cape, Virginia spent her time raising a family and volunteering at the AIM Thrift Shop and Peggy’s Yarn Shop in Wellfleet. She and her friends established The Friends of the VNA and did bake sales and food stands at functions to raise money for the VNA. Virginia’s last work was with the Companion Animal Program with her Border Collie, Mollie, at the nursing homes.
She leaves behind her son, Charles “Kevin” Bardwell. She is preceded in death by her husband and youngest of two sons, Stuart.
A brief private service will be held at the National Cemetery in Bourne. Donations in Virginia’s memory may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, www.cff.org or The Baby Fold, www.thebabyfold.org.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.nickersonfunerals.com.
Posted online on November 29, 2022
Published in The Cape Codder