Virginia M. Paden

  • Born: May 23, 1926
  • Died: May 18, 2013
  • Location: Galva, Kansas

Stockham Family Funeral Home

205 N Chestnut
McPherson, KS 67460
Tel. (620) 241-2442

Tribute & Message From The Family

Virginia M. Paden, 86, of Galva, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2013, at McPherson Hospital. She was a retired waitress and had worked at several area restaurants including the Cozy Inn and Lem's in McPherson. She also worked as a greeter at the McPherson Wal-Mart.

She was born May 23, 1926, in Galva, Kansas, the daughter of Johnny V. and Ida (Nightingale) Decker. On September 3, 1944, she married Benjamin R. "Benny" Paden in Phoenix City, Alabama. He preceded her in death on May 3, 2001.

Virginia was a member of Countryside Covenant Church, Jolly Mixers of Salina, Phi Beta Psi Sorority, and the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary.

Survivors include: two daughters: Cheryl Stieben (Richard) of McPherson, KS and Charmaine Graham of Galva, KS; a brother, Larry Decker of Galva, KS; a sister, Lois Lokie of Lincoln, NE; four grandchildren, Stephanie Shirley (Lyle) of Chicago, IL, Gina Westhoff (Dale) of Great Bend, KS, Brad Stieben (Nikki) of Tampa, FL, and Tara Capps (Nick Berning) of Scott City, KS; eight great-grandchildren, three step-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Graveside service will be at 1:00 PM, Friday, May 24, at Empire Cemetery near Galva. Memorial service will follow at 2:00 PM at Countryside Covenant Church in McPherson. Rev. Jon Black and Rev. John Stultz will officiate the service. Visitation will be from 3:00 to 8:00 PM Thursday at Stockham Family Funeral Home, with the family receiving friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Memorial donations may be given to Countryside Covenant Church or Galva United Methodist Church in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 North Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Mothers and grandmothers are such special people in our lives! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Posted by Louise Berning & Everett Miller - Scott City, KS - friends of the family   May 21, 2013


Tammy&Martha Musselman,Will miss Virginia for her Smiles &that we'll look after her Daughter Charmaine Graham plus Larry Decker for calling usually too check up on them both.

Posted by Tammy Musselman - McPherson, KS - Good Friend   May 20, 2013

My sincere condolences to Cheryl, Charmaine, Larry and all of Virginia's family. I'm glad Virginia passed peacefully. She enjoyed life to the end by dancing every week. I have fond memories of her way back to the years after WWII when she came to Wichita to see Viola and my brothers. I think she and Benny even went dancing with them at the then famous Blue Moon. After Gordon and I moved back to Wichita in 1985 Virginia became very special to me. She was always willing to meet when I went to McPherson County and she always attended the Decker Reunions. She was a wonderful person. I will miss her.

Posted by Wanita Gwinn - Wichita, KS - Cousin   May 19, 2013


What a lady! We doubt there was anyone who met Virginia who didn't love her. We didn't know her personally for long but the first time we visited with her we loved her. She was easy to talk with, sharing in nature and always smiling. She will be missed. Her memories will keep her alive forever in all who knew her. May all the loving memories made with her family help lift their hearts and bring smiles during the sad days ahead.

Thinking of you.
Steve and Juanita

Posted by Steve and Juanita Hanson - McPherson, KS - Friend   May 19, 2013