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Virginia Stone Windle Collection

Virginia Dare Stone Windle was a local historian who loved history and genealogical research.  Daughter of the late Samuel Lucius and Nora Taylor Stone, she researched for many years her own family lines, plus family lines for prospective NSDAR members and friends.  She died Wednesday, July 10, 2002 in Martinsville.

Mrs. Windle was born on June 11, 1921, in Danville, but spent most of her life in Martinsville and Henry County.  Graduating from Spencer-Penn High School, she received a degree in business from Averett College in 1940.

She served as Deputy Treasurer for Henry County, worked in public relations for the First National Bank of Martinsville and Henry County until she retired in 1978, and was involved with extensive research on tobacco and local industries that formed her book entitled “The Way It Was In Martinsville and Henry County” published in 1996.

She was appointed to the Patrick Henry Community College Board of Directors in 1969 and became the first woman to be the chairman of this board.  In 1995 she was named Patrick Henry Community College’s Outstanding Board Member.

Other accomplishments of Mrs. Windle were president of the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County, president of the Martinsville Council of Garden Clubs, chairman of the local Democratic Women’s Organization, a member of the Martinsville City Democratic Committee for many years, and an organizing member of the Fort Trial Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  She served as regent of the General Joseph Martin Chapter, NSDAR, director of the DAR Region VII, and served as Virginia State DAR Historian.  For her service to the NSDAR, she was awarded the National DAR History Medal.

She was a member of Christ Episcopal Church, a member of the Colonial Dames of the 17th Century, the Daughters of Colonial Wars and was an organizing member and first president of the Anna Jackson Chapter, UDC.

She was married to William R. Windle, and had two children, her son, James Brown Windle of New York City, and her daughter, Stuart Windle Webster of Martinsville. 

We are indeed richer today for having known Virginia Windle, for having learned from her, and from the sharing of her research and work.  Thank you, Mrs. Windle.

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