Virginia Malmstrom


Virginia Malmstrom, 86, of Harwood, Texas passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Sept. 21 in Gonzales, Texas. Funeral services were held on Thursday, Sept. 27 at Melvin Evangelical Free Church at 2 p.m. with Interment at Melvin Cemetery.

Virginia was born on July 11, 1932 to Elmer and Opal (Simmons) Malmstrom in Melvin, Texas. She grew up in Melvin and graduated from Melvin High School. After graduation, she moved to Austin graduating from Seton School of Nursing in 1953 with an RN Degree. There she met Richard Thompson and were married in 1952.

While Richard finished his education, Virginia worked as a recovery room supervisor at St. David's Hospital before they moved to Denton. They had two children: Margaret and John.

In 1962, they moved to Lubbock, Texas where Richard was a Professor of Chemistry at Texas Tech University and Virginia was the O.B. supervisor for West Texas Hospital. In 1968, they moved to Hillsborough, North Carolina. Virginia was a wonderful homemaker and she was involved in her church, she would sit and take care of her neighbors that needed a nurse as they would be on hospice in today's times. She was involved with the blood drive and the Red Cross, always giving and lending a helping hand and heart. During this time she loved her gardening and making jellies and jams and sewing.

Richard and Virginia later divorced and in 1980, she moved back to San Antonio where she got a job at Methodist Hospital as an R.N.

Later, Morris Malmstrom came to San Antonio and took her back to her roots at the ranch in Melvin, Texas. They were married in 1982. Virginia continued to make her jellies and jams and her and Morris enjoyed their life together as ranchers and farmers.

She loved her church and church family and stayed involved at the Melvin Evangelical Free Church. Morris passed away in 2004, and Virginia lived at the ranch by herself for four years until she went to live with her daughter in Harwood.

She so enjoyed reading, reading hundreds of books. She was involved with the Thompsonville Ladies Club and loved looking after her beloved Bichon Frise "babies," Freddy and Buddy.

She is survived by her daughter: Margaret Benson, and husband, Link, of Harwood and her son: John Thompson and wife, Jackie, of Temple and numerous nieces and nephews and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Morris; her parents and brother, George.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Melvin Evangelical Free Church or the Melvin Cemetery Association.

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