Petrie, Verda Anderson

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Verda M. Anderson Petrie, 92, of Elliston VA (formerly Rockford, IL) went to be with the Lord on Feb. 18th, 2022. Born Jan 2nd, 1930 in Cambria, VA to Evans W. and Beulah M. (Spaulding) Woolwine.

Verda was a devoted mother who raised 9 children over four different decades, often through very difficult circumstances. She loved, and was loved, deeply. She was a tireless caretaker who also worked as a waitress, hostess, event planner, owned and managed River Road Stables, taught horseback-riding, all while raising her children. Her love and care for horses, dogs, cats and all animals was well known, as was her love for all of God’s creation. Verda loved to say “This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” She planted many flowers, trees and gardens and would nurture them every year to bring joy and beauty to the world.

Survived by: Daughters Lynn (Jim) Butler, Liz (Ted) Edlich, Son Robert (Laura) Petrie, Daughter-in-law Dolores Lambert. Grandchildren Sara (Chris), Eva, Ryan, Justin, Kristina, Rebecca, Adam, Mary, Todd, Angela & Jennifer, Sister Alice (HL) Greene, Brother Berman (Myra) Woolwine. Special friends Kenny & Anne Price, Irene Lawson and loyal companion Gus.

Pre-deceased by her parents, Sister Dorothy Booher, Brother Calvin Woolwine, Sons Paul Lynnwood Lambert, Perry Lambert, Roger Petrie, Norman Petrie, Daughters Deborah Johnson, Sue (Joey) Stump, Grandson Travis Johnson, Fathers of her children Paul Lambert, Russell Petrie, and husband Tom Anderson.

Thank you to the staff of Good Samaritan Hospice in VA, Heartland/Promedica Hospice and Anam Care in Rockford for all your loving care.

Memorial service on February 25, 2022 7PM at Crosspoint Church, 3215 E. State St. Rockford, IL. Virginia Services: Visitation on March 2, 2022 from 4-6PM, Funeral on March 3, 2022 at 2PM, McCoy Funeral Home 150 Country Club Dr. SW Blacksburg, VA. Burial at Roselawn in Christiansburg, VA.