Virginia Heston

Tuesday, October 22, 2002

Virginia Heston, 55, of West Plains, Mo., died Monday, Oct. 21, 2002, at her home.

She was born March 16, 1947, at Naylor, Mo., daughter of Harold Isham and Annis Ferrell Beasley. She and the Rev. J. Michael Heston were married April 17, 1970, at Naylor, Mo.

Heston was a graduate of Naylor High School, attended St. Louis Christian College, and received a bachelor of science degree in art from Southeast Missouri State University.

The Hestons served churches in Illinois and Missouri, and spent eight years in campus ministry. She assisted in founding SEMO Christian Campus Ministry at Southeast University in 1972.

She was a missionary intern in Barbados in 1969. She was a fiber artist, specializing in painting on silk. She maintained a working studio several years in Cape Girardeau, and was a member of Southeast Missouri Council on the Arts.

Heston was a member of First Christian Church in West Plains, teacher of Eve's Daughters Sunday School Class, and sang in the Sounds of Praise women's musical group.

Survivors include her husband; two sisters, Marge Slayton of West Plains, Donna Seal of Arnold, Mo.; three brothers, David Beasley of Jackson, Garry Lassiter of Naylor, and James Lassiter of Sealy, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Friends may call at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home in West Plains from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Christian Church in West Plains, with the Revs. J. Michael Heston and Rick Wheeler officiating. Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Montrose Cemetery in Greenville, Ill.