She was born Jan. 27, 1927, in Fort Scott, Kan., the daughter of Ralph Cecil Bolinger and Janie Frances Bolinger Asher. She married Lewis Allen Dare on Jan. 5, 1944. He preceded her in death in 1976. Virginia graduated from Fort Scott High School, attended Fort Scott Community College, and obtained her teaching degree from Kansas State Teachers College (Pittsburg State University).
She began her teaching career teaching music in the elementary schools at Redfield and Uniontown. She finished her 35-year teaching career in the U-234 school system at Fort Scott. Virginia was a member of the Mount Orum Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school and Bible school. She also was a member of the Retired Teachers Association; Past Time Club in Uniontown; and Alpha Delta Kappa. She enjoyed playing the piano, gardening and sewing.
Survivors include one son, David Lewis Dare and wife Judy, Uniontown; two daughters, Virginia Kathryn Endicott and husband Garry, McKinney, Texas, and Jan Ellen Tate and husband Kelly, Fort Scott. Also surviving is a daughter-in-law, Mary Dare; sister, Bonnie Geiger and husband Dale, Harrisonville, Mo.; 11 grandchildren, Shelly and Pat Callahan, Mike Dare, Monty Dare, Aaron and Sophia Dare, Chris and Cicely Dare, Jana and Jason Barrett, Megan Eldridge, Thad and Cheri Endicott, Matt and Trisha Bookout, Jennifer Tate and Janelle Tate; and 12 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Max Allen Dare; and a brother, J. Darrell Bolinger.
Pastor Ron Murrow, assisted by Thad Endicott, will conduct funeral services at 1:30 p.m., Monday, in the Mt. Orum Baptist Church near Redfield. Burial will follow in the Uniontown Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, in the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Mt. Orum Baptist Church and may be sent to Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, KS 66701.