Virginia G. (Lee) Burwell

Died April 5, 2018


Virginia G. (Lee) Burwell, 95, passed away Thursday, April 5, 2018, in DeLand, Fla.

A native of Flint, Virginia and her husband Gerald spent their retirement summering in Au Gres and wintering in Pensacola, Fla. A few years after the passing of her husband in 2007, Virginia moved to DeLand, Fla., to be closer to family.

Both Virginia and her husband Gerald were veterans of World War II, with Gerald serving in the China, Burma and India theater and Virginia serving as a nurse in multiple locations, including Tinian Island. Meeting shortly after they were both discharged from the Army, they married less than six months after first meeting — a marriage that lasted more than 60 years until Gerald’s passing.

Surviving are her brother, Tom; sons, Phillip (Carol) of Washington state, Patrick (Thu-Ha) of Florida, Douglas of Michigan and Nicholas (Betsy) of Michigan. Virginia also has nine grandchildren, Daniel, Alan, Kimberly, Ian, Martha, Kymry, Skyler, Annique and Devon; three great-grandchildren, Mason, Charlotte and her namesake Ginny; and numerous much-loved nieces and nephews and their children.

Virginia was preceded in death by her brother, William Lee of California; sister, Martha Zimmer of Michigan; son, Edward of South Carolina; and daughter, Martha of Michigan.

Her intellect, sense of humor, feistiness, toughness against physical and emotional challenges, and kindness and consideration of all regardless of their position in life was recognized by all who were lucky enough to cross her path. She will be greatly missed.

A brief graveside ceremony will be held Saturday, April 21, at 11 a.m. at the Sims-Whitney Cemetery in Au Gres. Online condolences may be offered at


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