The Washington Times-Herald


October 8, 2013

Virginia Armes

Virginia Ruth Armes, 89, of Washington, went to be with the Lord on Sunday.

Virginia was born to the late Marshall and Carrie (Lee) Bryan in Washington in 1924. She was a 1942 Washington High School graduate, attended University of Indianapolis, and graduated from Oakland City University. On Dec. 24, 1943, Virginia was married and devoted herself to the late Melvin H. Armes. He passed away Feb. 3, 2005.

While Virginia was growing up she was a teenage evangelist and traveled to several southern Indiana counties spreading the Word of God. She was a member of Otterbein United Methodist Church, where she enjoyed teaching her Sunday school class, faithfully played the organ on Sundays, and could occasionally be found delivering a sermon in the minister’s absence.

Virginia was employed as a welfare case worker and retired in 1991 after 19 years as the director of the Daviess County Welfare Department. She was one of the first Court Appointed Special Advocates for neglected and abused children in Daviess County, and was an active member and officer of the Daviess County Mental Health Association. In 1991 she was awarded The Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Evan Bayh.

After her retirement she found herself employed with Century 21 as a real estate agent.

Virginia and her husband Melvin enjoyed watching I.U., Pacers, and Celtics basketball. Virginia was an avid walker, enjoyed crosswords, reading, and cooking. Her family was very important to her and she adored her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by one son, Bryan Armes of Washington; one daughter, Melodie Daily (Dan) of Montgomery; two grandchildren, Colleen Virginia Joiner (Matthew) of Osprey, Fla., Branden Lee Daily (Bethany)of Avon; four great-grandchildren, Luke and Elijah Joiner and Conner and Collyns Daily.

Virginia was also preceded in death by two infant sisters.

Visitation will be held Wednesday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Gill Funeral Home, 308 E. Walnut St. 47501. A funeral service will be conducted on Thursday at 10 a.m. also at the funeral home. Burial will take place in Sugarland Memory Gardens following the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Daviess County Mental Health Association. You may sign the online guestbook and view the video tribute at

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