Virginia R. Barden


January 18, 1926
- July 20, 2008

MILO - Virginia Russell Barden, 82, died peacefully July 20, 2008, with her husband by her side, at a nursing home in Howland. She was born Jan. 18, 1926, in Milo, the daughter of Harold and Florence Russell. Virginia worked at Milo Community Hospital, Milo, until it's closing and then was a personal care attendant for a short time. She enjoyed traveling with her husband, Phillip Barden, and spending time at their camp on the Sebec River. Virginia loved her grandchildren and spent many hours throughout the years caring for them, spending time with them at camp and teaching them to swim, play cards and to just have fun. She will be remembered as mama, gram and grandmother, and will be remembered by her family for all of the warm mittens she knit for them throughout the years. She will be greatly missed by her family and those who knew her. We all get some peace knowing that she is now with her dearly loved "papa" and grammie. She was predeceased by her parents; her brothers, Lewis Russell and Charles Russell; sister, Doris Mitchell; and grandson, Tony Gonzales Jr. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Phillip of Milo; daughters, Virginia Foss and husband, Lawrence, of Milo and Barbara Gonzales and husband, Tony, of Milo; grandchildren, Sheri Conley and husband, Peter, of Milo, Rebecca Smith and husband, Clifford, of Fairfield, Lorinda Canney of Milo, Charles "Chuck" Foss and wife, Robyn, of Saco, Ronnie Towne and wife, Lori, of Dover-Foxcroft, Bonnie Herbest and husband, Kevin, of Milo and Sean Towne of Florida; and great-grandchildren, Kayla Bailey, Emily Herbest, Abby Herbest, Dillon Conley, Christopher McCleary of Milo, Thomas Smith and Shane Smith of Fairfield and Alessandra Towne of Dover-Foxcroft. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, July 24, at Evergreen Cemetery, Milo. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Heartwise, 897 West Main St., Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426. Arrangements are in the care of Lary Funeral Home.


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