The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 27, 2013

Virginia Box

The Joplin Globe

COMMERCE, Okla. — Virginia Lee Box, who lived in Picher and Commerce, Okla., most all her life died Thursday, April 25, 2013.

She was born Dec. 10, 1926, to Donal and Doris (Rigg) Hance. She graduated from Picher High School in May 1945. She immediately went to work for the Walter McCracken Insurance Agency in Commerce, and attended Business School in Miami. She soon bought his agency when he retired and changed the name to Box-Hallock Agency. She owned the agency for nearly 40 years before she sold the business and retired in the late 1980s. She was a member of the Mid-Century Mother's Club in Commerce for many years and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Commerce.

She married Leo Box on Jan. 17, 1947. He preceded her in death in 2001.

Family members include her daughter, Mary Lou Sample and husband, Mike, of Spring Hill, Kan.; her grandson, Curtis Sample, of Overland Park, Kan., and her granddaughter, Emily Tegtmeier and husband, Chad in Olathe, Kan. She adored her three precious great-grandsons, Grayson, Cainen and Easton Tegtmeier, of Olathe, Kan. She had one sister, Dona Sue White, of Pecan Gap, Texas; and one brother-in-law, J. C. Box and wife, Beverly, of Miami; as well as several loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

Her funeral service will be held at Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Miami, Okla., on Monday, April 29, at 10 a.m. with visitation being held on the Sunday evening prior from 6 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Bill Richey will be officiating.

Condolences may be sent to her daughter, Mary Lou Sample at 18308 West 193rd Terrace, Spring Hill, KS  66083.

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Services are under the direction of the Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Miami.