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Virginia A. Hoppus Kellems

March 14, 1930 - April 6, 2017

MUNCIE – Virginia A. Hoppus Kellems passed away on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at Westminster Village.

She was born March 14, 1930, in Warsaw, Indiana, the daughter of Milo and Pansy (Mowrey) Hoppus and graduated from Warsaw High School in 1948.

Virginia met and fell in love with Robert Kellems after seeing him in …READ MORE

MUNCIE – Virginia A. Hoppus Kellems passed away on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at Westminster Village.

She was born March 14, 1930, in Warsaw, Indiana, the daughter of Milo and Pansy (Mowrey) Hoppus and graduated from Warsaw High School in 1948.

Virginia met and fell in love with Robert Kellems after seeing him in a theater production at Ball State University where they were both students.  They were married in December 1950.  She raised four children, and returned to Ball State to finish her Bachelor of Arts degree and her Masters.

She taught school at Yorktown Middle School for 24 years, finishing her last year as Indiana Middle School Teacher of the Year in 1992.  She continued as a favorite substitute in the school system for many years.

Music was an important part of her life.  One of her passions was singing in the Muncie Masterworks Chorale, participating in her last concert in December 2016.  Virginia also supported her husband’s ministry, first at Onward Christian Church and later at Cowan Christian Church, in many ways, including as choir director, soloist, wedding coordinator and producer of many musical events, such as cantatas, children’s choirs, Christmas Eve and Easter programs.  Her faith in God meant everything to her.

Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Robert Kellems; her children, Deborah L. Blanke, Angela L. Hartley, Rebecca Brentlinger, and John Kellems (Duane Johnston); grandchildren Chelsea Carson (Ben), Jordan Brentlinger, Colin Hartley, and great grandson Cayden Floyd.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, George Wilbur Hoppus and Robert Hoppus; and her parents.

Virginia loved an adventure and traveled all over the United States and the world. She was a ruthless card player and took real enjoyment in beating family members and friends in any game you chose.  She was an excellent cook and hostess.  Her favorite hobby throughout her life was hunting morel mushrooms found in the Midwestern forests.

Her legacy lives on as a priceless treasure to her students and those she mentored with her sharing of abundant wisdom and knowledge, and as a shining light to all who were fortunate enough to be in her life.  She circled her loving arms around all with her smiles, selfless giving, and sweet gestures of kindness.   Memories of her joyous laughter and exuberant spirit will always be with us in this earthly world, and heaven is surely an even brighter place now.

A Celebration of Life will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 15, 2017, at Cowan Christian Church, 9600 S. Colfax Street, Muncie, with Pastor Larry Delaney officiating.

Family and friends may call from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 14, 2017, at The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Masterworks Chorale, 520 E. Main Street, Muncie, IN 47305 or Cowan Christian Church, 9600 S. Colfax Street, Muncie, IN 47302.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.meeksmortuary.com.

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Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Friday, April 14, 2017

Time: 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel

Address:

415 East Washington Street
Muncie, Indiana 47305


Service Information

Date: Saturday, April 15, 2017

Time: 2:00 pm


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