Virginia Ruth Howard

Virginia Ruth Howard, 83, passed away peacefully August 5, 2020 in Waco.

Graveside Service:  will be 11:00 AM, Saturday, August 22, 2020 at Oakland Cemetery in Navasota, Texas. She will be buried next to her parents.

Virginia, affectionately called “Gin-Gin” by her family, was born in Houston to William Ellis Guess and Edna Abbott Guess February 6, 1937.

Virginia’s father worked for Humble Oil, requiring the family to move around Texas in her younger years, but she particularly loved to share stories about her high school days in Luling.

She attended Austin Business School, worked in computer services for 31 years, and retired from the Texas Farm Bureau in Waco.

Virginia had a passion for organizing the annual Guess and Abbott family reunions, watching sports (especially if her grandsons were playing), cooking Sunday lunch for the family, and making holiday wreaths, but her greatest pleasure was spending time with her two grandchildren. She will be remembered for her love of family, friends, and Jesus Christ.

Virginia never met a stranger and her legacy will live on in the people she loved.

Virginia was preceded in death by her daughter, Paula Gwen Gupton; first husband, William H. Gupton of Clarksville, Tennessee; second husband, Preston Howard of Waco; and brothers, Berle Guess, Robin Guess, and Doyle Guess.

She is survived by sons, Wade Gupton and wife, Nancy, and Gary Howard; grandsons, Will Gupton and Robert Gupton; brother, James Guess of San Antonio, and many cousins, nephews and nieces.

The family would like to offer special thanks to the staff of Lakeshore Village for their wonderful care of Virginia for more than six years, as well as to Bluebonnet Hospice and the many dear friends and other family members who prayed for “Gin-Gin” over the years.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Christian Women’s Job Corps, P.O. Box 20432, Waco, TX 76702 and JDRF Dallas, 8140 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 810, Dallas, TX 75231.

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Condolence Messages

  1. Dear Family of Virginia Howard,
    Our Bluebonnet Hospice Family is thinking of you all as you face the days ahead.
    Please accept our condolences to all of your family,
    The Owners and Staff of Bluebonnet Health Services (Hospice)

  2. Wade and Nancy,
    We have many happy memories of visiting Virginia and your family over the years. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    God Bless you,
    Steve and Margie Guess

  3. Aunt Virginia will be greatly missed. Gary, Wade, Nancy and boys, we will be praying for you.

  4. Dear Nancy and Wade,
    I am so sorry to hear of aunt Virginia’s passing.
    Sending Hugs and Prayers,
    judy Guess

  5. Bonnie Rose Guess Mazock

    Aunt Virgina always had a big heart.
    I’m happy to know she is going to the Lord.
    I send all my love to my Guess Family in Waco.

    Love Bonnie Guess Mazock & Family

  6. Wade and Nance,
    When I think of Aunt Virginia I always see her with a smile on her face and a kind word for everyone. Her warmth and love for our family will always be the memory I will carry in my heart. You and the family are in my prayers.

    Terry Guess

  7. We are truly sorry to hear of the loss of Virginia. We have enjoyed having her as part of our church family, and she will be missed. May the Lord grant you comfort and peace during this time of loss.


    Women of Richfield Christian Church – Waco

  8. You may not know that there were two Virginia Howards who retired from TFB and Affiliated Co’s. As a retiree myself, it was nice to know both of them. I called them 1 and 1A because you couldn’t make either of them a #2. Your Virginia was always there and always pleasant. It was people like her that made it a great place to work While I did not work in Computer Services, as someone from a user department, I appreciated Virginia’s assistance on many occasions. I also knew her as a devoted Christian. Please accept my sympathy on her passing.

  9. Virginia was a great friend to my mom always very kind to me. She was lots of fun to be around.
    Sending Prayers, Love and Light to all.

  10. So sorry to hear about Virginia. We go back a long ways. We were neighbors on Northcrest. Gary and Karen played together. And then of course she worked with Bill at Texas Farm Bureau. I was very surprised when she started attending my church and then joined our bunch. She will be missed. Shirley and Bill Fuller

  11. Rosalyn Roark Guess Elledge

    Aunt Virginia always made going to Waco a treat. She was so welcoming and chatty. I remember she intriduced me to hot just baked Krispy Kremes. My prayers are with you her family. She loved you dearly.

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