Mellette, SD-Prayer service for Virginia Rae Ford, 75, of Mellette will be 7:00 pm, Friday, November 22, 2019 at Carlsen Funeral Home and Crematory in Aberdeen.  Rev. Lou Whitmer will officiate.

There will be visitation Friday from 5:00-7:00 pm at the funeral home.

Inurnment will be in Mellette Cemetery in the spring.

Virginia died November 16, 2019 at Angelhaus.

Virginia Rae Peck, daughter of Orville and Wanda (Miller) Peck was born August 7, 1944 at St. Peter, Minnesota.  Her family lived in Mellette, where she was raised.  She graduated from Northwestern High School with the class of 1962 and in 1965, she received her Nursing Diploma from Presentation College.  Virginia worked at St. Luke’s Hospital as a Registered Nurse in Pediatrics.

Virginia was united in marriage to Larry Ford on June 10, 1967 at Mellette.  When Dakota Midland Hospital opened, she became the Head Nurse in Pediatrics until it closed.  She then returned to St. Luke’s Hospital as a Pediatric Nurse and eventually transferring into the Quality Assurance Department.  During her nursing career, she took several classes at Northern State College to enhance her nursing education.

Virginia loved summer and hot weather and enjoyed reading books in the summer sun.  She always looked forward to visiting her brother, Dennis and sister-in-law, Carol in Arizona during the Summer and Fall.  She attended Northwestern High School volleyball games until her health wouldn’t allow her and was also an avid fan of NSU Basketball of both women and men.  She was a cat lover, especially Siamese cats.  Virginia supported education and was a former Northwestern High School science fair judge.

Grateful for having shared Virginia’s life are her husband, Larry; son, Marc (Stephanie) Ford of Mellette and brother, Dennis (Carol) Peck of Arizona.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Alzheimer’s Association.

Carlsen Funeral Home and Crematory of Aberdeen has been entrusted with arrangements.