THOMASTON – Virginia Byrd Sangster passed away Aug. 25, 2019, at the age of 95 after a prolonged illness. She was the widow of Dick Sangster (Richard) to whom she was married for 71 years.
Mrs. Sangster was born Oct. 21, 1923, in Leakesville, Miss., daughter of Lloyd E. Byrd and Eva O. Breland. She was the eldest surviving child of a family of eight. She was predeceased by her baby sister, Yvonne Byrd, brothers, Lloyd (Buddy) Byrd, Harry F. Byrd and Richard (Tim) Byrd, and her best friend and sister, Dora Jean Bourne. She is survived by her brother, James Byrd of Fairhope, Ala., and her sister, Carolyn Williams of Leakesville, Miss.
She leaves her daughter, Jeanne Korman and her husband, Richard, of Miami Beach, Fla.; her son, R. Gerald Sangster and his wife, Marsha, of Townsend, Mass.; her granddaughter, Meredith Aziz and her husband, Neil; two great-granddaughters, Madeleine and Isabella Aziz, all of Miami, Fla.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins for whom she cared deeply.
Virginia and Dick spent many happy years on Warner Lane in Innes Acres, and in retiring found a home on Elm Street in Thomaston that gave them many hours of his puttering in the barn, and Virginia working in her beautiful and beloved flower beds, and visiting with lifelong friends the Pfaefflins, the Tanners, the Desrochers and the Hotchkiss’ who were now so close by.
Some of her most loved memories were playing the trumpet in her high school marching band at the Mardi Gras celebrations in Mobile, Ala., and having the joy of the residents of her county looking forward to hearing Miss Virginia Byrd sing.
She was a war bride, having met Dick Sangster at the USO in Meridian, Miss., and after marriage following him to Biloxi’s Keesler Field and Greensboro, N.C., before he was shipped overseas as part of the Army Air Corps to the European Theater.
Virginia Sangster was a strong woman and a true Southern lady. We will miss her. Burial will be private. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Landmark Community Theater, c/o Thomaston Opera House; Thomaston Public Library, 248 Main St., Thomaston; or American Legion Post 22, 211 Elm St., Thomaston. Friends are invited to visit and share remembrances at 2 p.m. on Monday at 24 Goodwin Court, Thomaston.
(Published August 29, 2019, Waterbury Republican-American)