In Memoriam

This is a dedication meant to honor those that have faithfully served within ESA Virginia. They blessed us with friendship, support, and kindness.

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Diane McLane

Theta Mu

Eva Diane Tolley McLane, 66, of Buchanan and Richmond, Virginia, passed away on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Born to James R. and Rena W. Tolley of Buchanan on August 29, 1955, Diane was a gifted and generous woman. She graduated as valedictorian of James River High School’s class of 1973 and received degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from Virginia Tech in 1977. She enjoyed a successful career as a computer programmer and systems analyst for several companies, including Best Products, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Virginia, Bank of America, and CarMax. 

Diane demonstrated her considerable talents and generosity of spirit with her creativity. She created stunning quilts and magnificent cakes – from weddings to birthdays – for family and friends alike. 
Diane also lent her support to Epsilon Sigma Alpha’s philanthropic efforts, working tirelessly in ESA’s charitable mission as it raised millions of dollars in support of St. Jude Children’s Hospital and many other worthy causes. 

She was preceded in death by her father, James R. Tolley Sr. She is survived by her husband of 37 years, James E. McLane and their children, Sean Paul and Virginia Diane (Ginny) McLane. Surviving family members include her mother, Rena W. Tolley of Buchanan; brothers, James R. Tolley and Nelson C. Tolley; and sisters, Bonnie L. Parker, Rena E. Wright, Tina M. Link and Janet B. Bryant. 

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 12 noon at Cedar Bluff Baptist Church in Buchanan, Virginia. Pastor Daniel Boone will officiate. 
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. please consider donating to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. 

Eveleen Harrison

Theta Mu

Eveleen W. Harrison, 74, gained her heavenly wings on January 10, 2022. She was preceded in death by her parents; Robert N. Wildbore Jr. and Doris P. Wildbore. She is survived by her son; Stan Harrison and his wife Traci, granddaughters; Brianna and Lillian, brother; Bob Wildbore (Jean), sister; Juanita Crockett, nephews; Troy and Scott, and niece; Kari. Eveleen enjoyed spending time with her ESA family. In her free time she would visit the river in Deltaville, VA. Eveleen was also an active member of North Run Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. 

Mildred Wade Edwards

Alpha Xi

Mildred Wade Edwards, 86, was called upon to the angels to go with Christ on Nov. 8, 2021. She was preceded by her parents, Malcolm and Betsy. Mildred was a native resident, whom attended William & Mary College/ODU.

She was actively involved with Epsilon Sigma Alpha, St. Jude’s, and was a dedicated LEAD volunteer for ALL 22 years of the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway. Mildred was a member of Thalia Lynn Baptist Church.

Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 60 years, Walter C. Edwards; son, Walter “Wade” Edwards and his children, Robert and Ryan; and daughter, Sylvia Edwards.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Mon, Nov. 15, 2021 at Thalia Lynn Baptist Church, Virginia Beach, VA. In lieu of flowers, and in honor of her charitable efforts, please send donations to St. Jude.

 

Judith Brigg

Beta Sigma

Early Sunday morning, May 22, 2022, Judith Brigg, loving mother to three children, passed away at age 75, surrounded by her family in the final hours of her life.

Judi was born in Hawaii to a Navy family, and as a result, she grew up on the move: she and her family ventured from coast to coast, with a stint in the Panama Canal Zone, and eventually settled in Norfolk, VA, where she met her first husband. They gave birth to two sons, Glen and James, and a daughter, Kaia.

Judi went back to school in her forties and not only finished her bachelor’s degree but attained a Master of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. She worked for 24 years as a social worker at the Virginia Home, a residence for people with physical disabilities. Judi’s work was an extension of her kind and compassionate soul.

Judi was a 37-year member of the Beta Sigma chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha International, helping to raise impressive amounts of funding for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She was also a prolific creator, making everything from decorative cakes, beloved by her children, to award-winning painted furniture. She was generous with her work, gifting family and friends with her beautiful ceramics, painted furniture, and paper quilling art.

Judi was known for her sweet nature, heartwarming smile, and love of a good gadget. After retiring from the Virginia Home, she was able to devote more time to her children and grandchild, in particular her son, James, who was a devoted caregiver in the last years of her life. Judi treasured their weekly dinner and movie dates every Sunday evening.

Judi was preceded in death by her father, Louis, mother, Ina, brothers Gerry and Michael, and precious infant daughter Margaret. She is survived by her three children, Glen, James, and Kaia, daughters-in-law Kristie and Renys, beloved granddaughter, Lucienne, brother Richard, several cousins, and two nieces.

A Celebration of Judi’s Life will be held on July 24, 2022 from 11 a.m. -1:30 p.m. at the Shields Lake Shelter in Byrd Park, Richmond, VA. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Virginia Home at www.thevirginiahome.org or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org.

Brenda Underwood

Delta Kappa

Brenda Underwood of Delta Kappa Roanoke passed away July 15, 2022.  A celebration of life will be held in the future.


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