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Virginia Carson Hasting

June 6, 1935 — December 9, 2023

Virginia Carson Hasting, a beacon of unwavering faith and boundless spirit, was called home to the Lord on December 7, 2023, at the age of 88. Born on June 6, 1935, in the quaint town of St. Ignace, Michigan, Virginia's journey through life was marked by her adventurous soul and a heart that overflowed with love for her family, her church, and the Lord's creation.

Virginia's earthly story came to a peaceful close in Greenwood, South Carolina, surrounded by the love and prayers of her cherished family. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, leaving behind a legacy of love and faith that will continue to blossom in the hearts of those she touched. Her beloved daughter, Bailey Hasting (Royette), stands as a testament to Virginia's nurturing love, alongside her son, David Hasting, and daughter, Helene Downey. Virginia was reunited in Heaven with her dear husband, Bailey Odell Hasting, and her sons, Paul Hasting and son-in-law Owen Downey, who preceded her in glory.

Virginia's life was a tapestry woven with the vibrant threads of her family, including her daughter-in-law, John Hasting (Lucinda), and her six grandchildren: Elizabeth Helper (Lee), Bonnie Cieply (Kyle), Brandon Downey (Kristen), John Hasting (Sarah), Amanda Lantz (Chase), and Andrea Norman (Casey) Hollis. Her eleven great-grandchildren—Trey, Bailey, Sierra, Trenton, Samantha, Carolyn, Margaret Ann, Elliott, Cooper, Carson, and Adley Kate—were the joy of her later years, each a precious jewel in the crown of her life. Her extended family, including Daniel Baker, Gertrude Baker, Scarlett Magaha, Colton Craven, Keighan, and Leland Rexroalt, will forever cherish the memories of her warm embrace and tender care.

Virginia's spirit was as vibrant as the flowers she so loved to plant. Her hands, ever busy in the soil of her garden, brought forth a bounty of beauty that mirrored the garden of her soul. An artist with both brush and trowel, she painted pictures as vivid and lively as her tales of yesteryear, each canvas a window into her soul's passion. Her love for the outdoors was as evident as the sunrise, and her days were spent in the joyful embrace of nature's splendor.

Her beloved pet dog, Scooter, was a faithful companion, sharing in her adventures and offering comfort with a wagging tail and gentle eyes. Together, they explored the world around them, finding joy in the simplest of pleasures.

A pillar of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Greenwood, SC, Virginia's faith was the cornerstone of her existence. Her spirited hymns of praise and steadfast devotion were an inspiration to all who knew her. She lived her faith with a fervor that drew others closer to the divine, her life a sermon of love and grace.

Virginia Carson Hasting was a woman of indomitable spirit and unwavering faith. Her adventurous heart led her on a journey that inspired all who had the privilege of walking beside her. As we gather to celebrate her homecoming, let us hold fast to the memories of her laughter, her wisdom, and the love she so freely gave. Her legacy will continue to flourish, like the flowers in her garden, with each passing season. And though she has departed from our sight, her spirit remains a guiding light, leading us ever onward with the promise of eternal life.

Rest now, dear Virginia, in the arms of the angels, until we meet again on that glorious shore. Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure, and you are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.

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