VIRGINIA LEIGH WOODS
Charleston General Hospital
Class of 1905


Submitted by Lorna Burns Marks, granddaughter.

WOODS

WOODS

WOODS


VIRGINIA LEIGH WOODS was born April 1882 in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, to James Henry Woods and Margaret Kesiah (McKeever) Woods. She had one brother, James Roderick Woods; and five sisters/half-sisters, Emma, Etta Jane, Carrie, Goldie, and Nellie. By 1900, Virginia is shown in the Kanawha County census and she graduated with the 1905 nursing class at Charleston General Hospital. (She used to tell me about riding mule back up the mountains to care for mothers and their new babies after a doctor delivered the baby - this would have been in South Charleston before she moved from Charleston to Huntington.) By 1910, she appears as "trained nurse-hospital" in the Cabell County census. She lived in Huntington for many years. Virginia worked 25 years for the Metropolitan Life Co. and followed that career with years of private-duty nursing at St. Mary's Hospital in Huntington. She married James Franklin Burns in 1911 - they had one son, James Robert Burns. James Burns died in 1912, when their son was only 6 weeks old. Several years later, in 1915, Virginia married George Lewis Summers, a doctor in Huntington.

Her obituary:

1968 Feb 1, Thursday - "Herald Dispatch" - Mrs. Virginia Summers, 85, of Huntington, formerly of Charleston, died Tuesday in a Huntington hospital. Memorial services will be conducted Friday at 2 p.m. at the Highlawn Presbyterian Church by Dr. S. Evans Brown. Survivors include a son, James R. Burns of Romney, W.Va., and a granddaughter, Mrs. Lorna Marks of Columbus, Ohio.



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