Virginia Eileen 'Ginny' Dakin Holshouser

Virginia Eileen “Ginny” Dakin Holshouser, 72, of Vienna, died Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, at 11 a.m. at the Metropolis Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

She was born on Sept. 19, 1947, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cairo. She was the youngest of 10 children born to William L. and Lillian Edith Berry Dakin.

She is survived by a sister, Vivian R. Sheible of Mounds; two brothers, Joseph M. (Ani) Dakin Sr. of Tamms and Roy E. Dakin of Mounds; a sister-in-law, Emma Dakin of Mounds; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four sisters, Irene Godar, Dorothy Bernier, Edith Guild and Pearl Poole; and two brothers, William A. Dakin and Russell Dakin.

She was a 1965 graduate of Egyptian High School in Tamms.  She also was a graduate of Shawnee Community College.

During her residency in Alabama, she was employed in an accountant’s office in Selma. She also delivered meals to senior citizens.  

Later, after her return to Southern Illinois, she was employed as a security officer by Harrah’s Casino in Metropolis.

She was of the Christian faith. She had formerly taught in a Sunday School department. 

She enjoyed sewing. She also cared for and cherished her cats, many of which she took in as strays.

A service honoring the life of Ginny Dakin Holshouser was conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna. Pastor Dean Hamilton officiated.  Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Thebes.

Visitation was Saturday, Sept. 12, from 8:30 a.m. until the service time at 10 a.m. at Bailey Funeral Home.

Memorials can be made to Rose Hill Cemetery, c/o The Village of Thebes, P.O. Box 159, Thebes, Ill. 62990. Checks are to be made payable to the Village of Thebes, with reference to “cemetery fund/Holshouser memorial” on the memo line. Memorials also can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105-1905.

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Those attending the visitation and service were asked to observe customarily practiced social distancing guidelines. The wearing of a face mask or face covering was strongly encouraged.

Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna was in charge of arrangements.


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