Mary Virginia Drewery

Published 9:44 pm Friday, October 11, 2013

Mary Virginia Drewery, 87, of Windsor, passed away Oct. 9, 2013.



She was born Sept. 15, 1926, to Thomas Rosemond Jenkins and Gladys Carr Jenkins. She was predeceased by her husband of 52 years, Francis S. Griffin. Also preceding her in death are brothers, John T. Jenkins and Cecil T. Jenkins, and a sister, Thelma J. Scott.

Mary Virginia graduated from Smithfield High School in 1944 and worked as a secretary for Barrett-Folk Company before leaving to raise her children and help her husband to run the family farm. Mary Virginia was a member of Woodland United Methodist Church, where she served as Sunday school teacher, sang in the choir, and was a member of the United Methodist Women. She answered to many special names in addition to Mary Virginia. As Mama, Granny and Aunt Jenny, she showed those around her how to put others first. Whether visiting those in nursing homes or caring for her grandchildren after school, she humbly demonstrated generosity and love every day.

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She is survived by her husband, Frank Drewery, with whom she shared five wonderful years. Also left to cherish her memory are her children, Tommie Griffin, Delores Steinert (Cary), Brenda Hundley (Mike), and Brian Griffin (Kelly); grandchildren, Bobby Griffin (Laura), Michael Griffin (Leslie), Meredith Hundley, Leanne Hundley, and Mark Steinert; and great-grandchildren, Gage Griffin and Chloe Griffin; and two step-daughters, Bonnie Adams and Gail Brock (John Massey).

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Colonial Funeral Home followed by burial at Woodland United Methodist Church cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Colonial Funeral Home, Smithfield. Memorial donations may be made to Woodland United Methodist Church, c/o Treasurer, 19187 Bob White Rd., Windsor, VA 23487, the Lymphoma Research Foundation (, 115 Broadway, Suite 1301, New York, NY 10006, or honor her memory by visiting a local nursing home. Arrangements are in the care of Colonial Funeral Home, Smithfield.