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Virginia Lois (Fetters) Howsman

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Virginia Lois (Fetters) Howsman, 97, of Leesburg, passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at her home with her family by her side. 

She was born Oct. 7, 1926 in Highland County, the daughter of the late John Wesley Fetters and Pearl Omisha (Mahaffey) Fetters. 

Virginia was a 1944 Fairfield High School graduate, and she met her late husband, John, at Turner’s restaurant in Leesburg after he returned home from the Army. She worked at Candle-lite for 15 years, and she was a member of the Leesburg Trinity Church, formerly the Leesburg United Methodist Church, for over 80 years. She enjoyed gardening and being a member of the Leesburg Garden Club, traveling and playing rummy with her family, and cooking or the neighborhood cookouts. Virginia loved the time she got to spend with her family, especially when donuts and desserts were involved. She will be greatly missed. 

Virginia is survived by two children, Richard Wayne (JoAnn) Howsman of New Vienna and Lisa (Bill) Ross of Cincinnati; four grandchildren, Melody (Kyle) Bennett, Brad (Mandy) Howsman, Amberley Ross and Will (Clara) Ross; 13 great-grandchildren, Austin (Kenzie) Bennett, Makayla (Micah) Wright, Brooke Bennett, Titus Howsman, Gavin Howsman, Zach Howsman, Gage Howsman, Brody Howsman, Alex Howsman, Elise Howsman, Gracelynn Howsman, Brylan Ross and Zaiydan Ross; one great-great-granddaughter, Makinley Wright; and many nieces, nephews and friends. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Taylor Howsman Jr., on April 28, 2024; and four brothers, Robert Fetters, Johnny Fetters, Harold Fetters and Carl Fetters. 

Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 28, 2024 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Leesburg Trinity Church, 117 Church St. Leesburg 45135. Funeral services will take place following visitation May 28 at 1 p.m. at the church. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Leesburg. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Virginia’s name to the Ohio’s Hospice, 1669 Rombach Ave., Wilmington, Ohio 45177. 

The Turner Funeral Home is serving the family. To leave an online condolence, please visit

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