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Virgie Charles

November 13, 1924 — May 9, 2016

Virgie Lee Charles passed away quietly on May 9, 2016. In the comfort of her home surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be held 11:00 A.M., May 13, 2016 at LaGrone Funeral Chapel; burial will follow at South Park Cemetery. Pastor Troy Grant will be officiating.

She was born in the bedroom of the family farm house on Peter's Prairie in Delaware County Oklahoma, November 13, 1924. She enjoyed her early years on a farm near Southwest City, MO, her deep love of family was soundly rooted in traditional family values. She left the family farm after graduation and began work in Joplin, MO. Where she met and married her dear husband, Robert Dane Charles. Their travels took them overseas throughout Europe and various cities and towns across the southern United States. They settled in Roswell in 1956.

Shortly thereafter she suffered a devastating loss of her husband at an early age and then devoted her life to her four daughters.
We are blessed that she raised us by example with her wisdom, faith, humor and love of life. Our Mother was a Christian foremost with strong conviction and devout faith. She was an active member of the 1st Baptist Church since 1957.

All who knew her felt her special presence and were comforted by her kind and welcoming manner, she touched their hearts and left a long lasting impression with her grace, manner and dignity.

Our Mother dedicated a portion of her time in Roswell to her church where she taught both young and old, The Roswell Museum of Art as a volunteer docent, The Assistance League of Chaves County and gave time and support to many local charities near and dear to her heart.

She is preceded in death by her parents Willard Thomas Robertson and Bessie George Robertson, both of Oklahoma, two brothers, Marshall and Walter, one sister Vivian, her husband Captain Robert Dane Charles the love of her life, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Virgie is survived by her daughters Janice Madrid, husband Phillip of Las Cruces, grandson Troey Daffern and his family, Connie Hines, husband Jerry of Las Cruces, grandchildren Cameron and Robert Sandoval and their families, Camille Plante and family, Devin Hines and family, Maria Wulff and family, Nancy Byres, husband Patrick of Santa Fe, grandson Matthew Caplan and family, Tiffany Averna and family, and Carla Marley Ballinger, husband Greg of Fort Worth, Texas, grandchildren Dane Marley and family, Reid Marley and family, Tara Canny and family, Geoff Ballinger, and Stephen Ballinger. She had 18 Great-grandchildren and one great- great granddaughter Kaylee Coats.

Our family would like to express special thanks to Mom's companions Jan and Veronica of Las Cruces for their love, care and safe keeping of our Mother. Her Doctors and a special thank you to La Posada Hospice Homecare of Las Cruces for all their support and assistance for Mom.

In leiu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to The United States Veteran Association:


Funeral Service

LaGrone Funeral Chapel
900 S. Main
Roswell, NM  88203
Friday, May 13, 2016


South Park Cemetery
3101 S. Main
Roswell, NM  88203

Memorial Contributions

United States Veterans Association

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