Veda Mary McGinnis

Updated: May 5

Veda Mary McGinnis, 107, of Boyers, Pa., passed away on Monday, May 3, 2021, during her brief stay at the Parker Personal Care Home.

Born in Gifford, Pa., on January 31, 1914, she was the daughter of the late George and Bertha Zillafro Cotton.

Veda graduated from Bradford H.S. and Clarion State Teachers College (Normal School). She taught primarily at several local one-room school homes including Six Points. She later was a homebound educator and was a substitute teacher for many years at AC-Valley School District.

She married D.Z. “IKE” McGinnis, who passed in 1971.

Veda was a devoted Christian who read the Bible cover to cover several times every year. Her last church attendance was with the New Testament Baptist Church of Butler. She had a passion for music and loved playing the piano at Churches she attended throughout her lifetime.

Veda loved poetry and could recite it from memory. She adored children and was a babysitter and nanny for many families, as well as a great caretaker when needed.

Her love continues to live on in her family and friends with the most loving and respectful thoughts of how she touched each and everyone's lives. Her greatest joy came from her family of 12 children. She loved having them home to see her and going to see them when she was able.

Veda Is survived by her children; Karen Terwilliger, Terry (Shirley) McGinnis, Lleuellyn “Lou” McGinnis, Abbie Reeder, Louise Carrick, David “Mac” McGinnis. Along with numerous grand, great-grand, great-great-grand, and great-great-great grandchildren; as well as nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her children: Amos McGinnis, Doris Dunkle, Lowry McGinnis, Thayle McGinnis, Dale Warters, Cythina Campbell. As well as two sisters and two brothers.

A visitation will be held for Veda, Thursday, May 6 at the Fellowship Baptist Church in Emlenton. From 2-4 and 6-7:30 with a funeral service following at 7:30 pm with Pastor Jacob Langdon officiating. A private burial will be held Friday morning at the Eau Claire Cemetery.

Services are under the arrangements of H. Jack Buzard Funeral Home of Eau Claire. \

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