Virginia Ellen Hart, 78, of Thorntown, who was a resident of Zionsville for more than 40 years, died Sept. 12, 2011.. She was born to the late Earl F. and Juanita (Greenwood) Burch on Sept. 6, 1933, in Fort Wayne.. Virginia was a graduate of Epsom High School and Purdue University. She married her husband of 57 years, Paul E. Hart, on June 12, 1954. She was a teacher in Jasper, Whitestown and Zionsville, where she was greatly respected as a home-economics teacher.. Virginia was a former member of Zionsville United Methodist Church, and was either president or an officer of most of the organizations in which she was involved. She was former president of the Indiana Angus Auxiliary, Beta Upsilon Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, and Boone County Extension Homemakers. Virginia was a life member of Indiana Angus Auxiliary, West Central Indiana Angus, Boone County Retired Teachers Association, Indiana Retired Teachers Association, Purdue Alumna, John Purdue Club, Zionsville Better Homes and Hobbies and Zionsville Home Builders Club. She was also a member of Boone County 4-H Extension Board and the Boone County Leadership Academy Class of 2001.. She was awarded the 2010 Boone County Friend of 4-H Award, and the 2003 Vera Sherbahn Memorial Award from the Indiana Angus Auxiliary. She and her family were the 2005 Indiana Angus Association Family of the Year and were honored with the Don Snepp Memorial Award.. When she was not busy with these activities, Virginia enjoyed baking and photography, but her greatest joy came from spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren.. Virginia is survived by her husband, Paul; son Paul E. Hart II, son Rene (Deanna) Hart and daughter Phyllis Ann Hart; grandchildren: Gwendolen, Kirsten, Levi and Sarah; and great-granddaughter Nora.. She was preceded in death by her sister Vonda Harper and her nephew Mark Harper.. Calling was Friday, Sept. 16, at Zionsville Christian Church, 120 N. Ninth St. Funeral services were Saturday, Sept. 17, at the church. Burial followed at Salem Cemetery, Zionsville.. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Indiana Angus Auxiliary Association, c/o Sharon Sommers, 9414 S. 200 W., Silver Lake, IN 46982 or Boone County Extension Homemakers, 1300 E. 100 S., Lebanon, IN 46052. Online condolences may be made at www.flanner-buchanan.com.
Published on  September 21, 2011