Virginia Julia Frey


Virginia Frey

Virginia Frey

After nearly 97 full and happy years, Virginia Julia Hurley Terhune Frey died peacefully, surrounded by her family on January 16, 2016 in her home in Spring Hill, KS.


Memorial Service will be 10:00 am Friday, January 22, 2016 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Gardner, KS. Visitation will begin at 9:00 am, before the service, also at the church. Inurnment will take place in Halstead, KS at a later date. Memorial Contributions may be made to Divine Mercy Catholic Church, 555 W Main St, Gardner, KS 66030. Arrangements, Bruce Funeral Home, Spring Hill, KS 913-592-2244.

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Virginia was born June 7, 1919 in Coffeyville, KS. Julia Anna (Sherry) and Thomas Harrison Hurley had six children: Anna Marie, Marguarite, Thomas, Virginia, Helen and Paul. Virginia graduated from Field Kindley High School in 1937 and married her sweetheart, James Eugene Terhune, in 1938. From their love came two daughters, Julie Ann Terhune Kearns (Jeff) of Spring Hill, and Mary Jeanne Terhune Cole (Ron) of Wichita, KS. Jim died in 1972.

In 1974, Virginia married Robert Dale Frey, a widower with two adult daughters, Jan Lightner (Bob) of Wichita and Nancy Hayes (Charles) of Wasilla, AK. Surviving family members are Virginia’s daughters and sons-in-law as well as grandchildren: Michael Kearns of Fredonia, KS, Brandon Kearns (Karynda) of Phoenix, AZ, Anna Manning (Dale) of Spring Hill, KS, Jason Lightner of Dallas, TX, Tyler Lightner of Wichita, KS and Matthew Hayes of Wasilla, AK. She is also survived by four great grandchildren: Connor, Owen, and Aidan Kearns of Phoenix and Lauren Hayes of Wasillia. A fifth great grandchild is expected in July 2016 by Dale and Anna. Other surviving family members include many nieces and nephews among many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, husbands and beloved grandsons Benjamin Matthew Craig, Jeannie and Ron’s son and Tripp Lightner, Jan and Bob’s son.

Virginia’s earthy life was family, friends, faith, and fun – never a dull or empty moment. Memories from the family farm in Sedgwick, KS where Julie and Jeannie grew up are among family favorites. Whether she lived on an expansive acreage or in a cozy apartment, she kept many flowering plants all year around. Regardless of being a hard worker, she always had time for a hand of cards or a turn around the dance floor. No matter where she lived, Virginia always belonged to a bridge club where she kept many dear friends. She was also a devout Catholic with a strong faith in God and His Grace. She looked forward to Heaven and the grand family reunion awaiting her there, not to mention a long-awaited spotlight dance with Jesus.

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