Virginia W. Ogle of Mendenhall

Virginia W. Ogle, 81, of Mendenhall, died Aug. 27, at her home. Born in 1939 in West Chester and raised on the family farm in Mendenhall, Virginia was the daughter of the late Robert and Ruth (nee Way) Woodward. She was a gardener, world-traveling bird watcher, and true foodie who avidly supported local farms and loved all flavors of ice cream (and kept most of them on hand).

Virginia W. Ogle

Virginia was a respected craftswoman who owned and operated Wagon House Cabinetmaking and Hardwood Lumber in Mendenhall for many years, and the furniture she made is cherished by all who are fortunate enough to own one of her pieces.

She and her late husband, James, supported a variety of progressive causes. Many people, including family, friends, and even strangers, benefited from their kindness and generosity. An active volunteer, Virginia worked at the local library and she monitored eastern bluebird boxes for Longwood Gardens and local landowners for many years.

Virginia was preceded in death by her husband James, son David Pender, stepson Peter Ogle, and her parents. She is survived by two sisters, Ellen Eberhard of Colorado and Ruth Woodward-Krebs of Pennsylvania, two stepsons, Alex Ogle of Vermont and Chuck (Lisa) Ogle of Arkansas, a stepdaughter-in-law, Rachel Winslow of Pennsylvania, David’s father John Pender, four nieces and nephews, 10 step-grandchildren, and 12 step-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations in Virginia’s name may be made to the Kennett Library, 216 E. State Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348.

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