As today’s “Significant Senior” this icon who hails from Abilene, Texas is a lady of too many “firsts” to mention. We’ve highlighted the ones we feel are most notable:

  • On September 22, 1940, she became Abilene’s first female medical doctor. She opened her practice with a specialty of eye, ears, nose and throat. She had an active practice for 42 years.
  • Virginia, also known as “Sissy” by family members, was the first female Chief of Staff at Hendrick Medical Center.
  • She was the first chairman of the staff at the now-closed St. Ann Hospital.
  • She was the first female president of what is now the Taylor-Jones-Haskell-Callahan County Medical Society.
  • She served among the first group of women deacons at First Baptist Church in Abilene.
Virginia in Helsinki September, 2010

Virginia was born on December 4, 1912, which makes her 106 as of this writing. Over her lifetime she has received countless awards, but some of the most significant are:

  • 1988 Pathfinders Award given by the YWCA and the Abilene Reporter-News
  • 2009 Legacy Award, Abilene Woman’s Club
  • 2011 Virtue Award, Round Table organization at Hardin-Simmons University
  • 2004 Pioneer in Medicine Award awarded by the local medical society

Virginia has always been a big supporter of missions and there is a building named after her and her late husband at Hardin-Simmons University. She served on the inaugural boards of Texas Baptist Missions Foundation and Texas Baptists Committed. At one time she participated in a medical mission to Venezuela.

These days her traveling has slowed down, but she loves spending time with family and friends…her greatest treasures. She has one daughter, two granddaughters (they call her “Gammie”) and several great grandchildren who live near her.

Virginia has always been a voracious reader and will usually have a book to recommend when you visit her. She keeps several copies of her favorites on hand, so she can share the ones she feels are most impactful. If you ask her which one is her absolute favorite, she has a hard time nailing one down. However, here are a few of her other favorites:

  • favorite food: Cheetos
  • favorite color: green and purple
  • favorite hymn: Blessed Assurance

Three generations
Grandson, Sid, enjoys some cookies with his grandmother
Fun with family
Fun with family
Genna, Bronwyn, Virginia and Sundi

Ruby Grace

Ruby Care is excited to launch our new blog entitled, “Seniors of Significance.” We will be sharing stories of seniors who have made an impact on their world. We believe that seniors have a lot of exciting information and history to share, and we want to be a part of that.

We are starting with Ruby Grace because she has definitely impacted our world — she is the namesake, inspiration, motivation for our company, “Ruby Care.” She is also the mother-in-law of Joyce Logan, one of Ruby Care’s founders.

You can visit our website at—our-namesake.html to learn some things about Ruby. However, I am going to tell you a few more things about her. Ruby’s favorite color is red — because of her name…but, she does like blue as well. Her best childhood memories are of her family farm in Honey Grove, Texas — picking cotton and getting promoted by her dad to weighing the cotton and carrying water to help.

Her favorite subject in school was Math, which must have been a big part of the reason she grew up to be a Vice President at a bank. She sang in the choir at church and was the church Treasurer for many, many years. Her favorite hymn is “Amazing Grace” which is also a nickname her husband, Jim, gave her. She has a plaque outside her apartment with the words of that song.

Ruby is 97 years young and lives in an independent living community in Plano, Texas.

Getting ready for the Derby

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