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In Loving Memory

Virginia Ann Albright

February 28, 1932 – May 1, 2020

Virginia Ann Albright (Colston) died peacefully on May 1, 2020 in Webster, TX. She was 88 years old and surrounded by family at the time of her passing.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lyle Colston and Lois Colston (Waddle), her older brother Charles Robert (Bob) Colston, and her older sister Dorothy May Alpers (Colston).

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Ray Edward Albright (age 90), son John David Albright (age 53), and grandsons Andrew Harrison Albright (age 23) and Evan Charles Albright (age 20). She also leaves behind two nieces, Bobbi Marie Alpers Ullrich and Peggy Rae Alpers Martin (sons Nicholas and Nathan), and one nephew, Mikel Henry Alpers (daughter Elizabeth).

Virginia was born on February 28, 1932 in Van Horne, IA. Growing up in a musical family, Virginia learned to play the drums at an early age and she eventually became part of the Colston Family Band, alongside mother Lois on piano, brother Bob on trumpet, and sister Dorothy on saxophone. Together, this talented quartet provided musical entertainment at social gatherings in and around their hometown of Vinton, IA.

Subsequently, Virginia graduated from Vinton High School in 1950 and Gates Business College in Waterloo, IA in 1952. Afterward, she went to work for Taken Brothers and Mosher and Mosher, Attorneys at Law. She also married her husband Ray in January 1953 following his service in the United States Marine Corps.

Upon Ray's completion of an undergraduate degree in education at the Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, IA, the couple moved to Knoxville, IA in 1956 where Ray taught at Knoxville High School and Virginia worked for the Maytag Company in Newton, IA, serving as an executive assistant to one of the senior vice presidents.

Then, they moved to Bettendorf, IA in 1966. While Ray was teaching at Williams Junior High School in Davenport, IA and subsequently began working at International Harvester in East Moline, IL, Virginia gave birth to son John in February 1967. Years later, after devoting her life to family pursuits and remaining active with St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Bettendorf, IA, she went back to work at Bishops Cafeteria in Bettendorf, IA in 1984, serving as a cashier, dining room hostess, and bookkeeper until the restaurant closed and she retired in 2003.

Finally, they moved to Friendswood, TX in 2008 to be near son John, who was working as a NASA engineer at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, and their two grandsons, Andrew and Evan. During this period, she spent many hours helping both boys with schoolwork and attending their various sporting, music, and academic activities from elementary school through high school.

At the time of Virginia's passing, the Lord welcomed her into Heaven, where she was reunited with her parents, siblings, and many lifelong friends. Her spirit will remain with husband Ray, son John, grandsons Andrew and Evan, and all other relatives and friends whose lives were impacted so profoundly by her presence on this Earth.

A private ceremony honoring Virginia's life will be held at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Friendswood, TX on May 8, 2020. Her burial will occur at a future date at the Rock Island National Cemetery located within the U.S. Army's Rock Island Arsenal near the city of Rock Island, IL.

In lieu of flowers, donations in the name of Virginia Albright can be made to the Houston Food Bank at www.houstonfoodbank.org or any other local food pantry.

Condolences may be sent to the Albright family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

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4 thoughts on “Virginia Ann Albright”

  1. Mikel Alpers

    Ray, John, Andrew and Evan,
    Losing Aunt Ginna is a devastating feeling but cannot outweigh the wonderful times and memories that we all carry with us after this loss. I remember her helping me to locate and rent my first apartment in the Quad Cities after graduation from college and spending a week as guest of the Albright family in their home while we accomplished the search. The memories of holidays spent together, a happy hour drink at the condo with my parents and all of the love and cards that she sent when celebrating the times that we could not be together later in life. She was a wonderful aunt whom I will always cherish in my heart. May she rest in peace and may you find the strength and courage to continue just as she would have wanted you to do. Our love always, Mikel and Michelle Alpers

  2. Peggy Martin

    Ray, John, Andrew, and Evan,
    I'm so sorry for the loss you have suffered. I have so many wonderful memories of Aunt Ginna! We had some great times together celebrating holidays and special life events. Ginna was always fun with an infectious laugh that I will greatly miss. I'll always be grateful to Ginna for the support that she gave to my mom and dad in their later years while living in Bettendorf. I find it comforting to think of Ginna now reunited with her parents, brother, sister, and brother-in-law who all passed away before her. Let the Colston Family Band play on! Love to you all! Peggy

  3. Nathan Martin

    Ray, John, Andrew, and Even,
    I was very saddened to hear about the passing of Ginna. I can't remember a trip to the quad cities to see Harold and Dorthy that didn't include a visit with the Albrights. I was grateful to be stationed in San Antonio to continue those visits with the Albrights even after the move to Texas. I will always remember Ginna as a great example of family and neighbor. I'm sorry I can't be there with you during this tough time, but you all are in my thoughts.

  4. Ray, John, Andrew, and Even,

    Jess and I are so sorry for your loss. Ginna was an amazing person with a smile that could light up a room. I'll always remember her great sense of humor as well as her quick wit.

    I know this must be a very difficult and demanding time for you all. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. If there is anything we can do, please let us know.

    With love,

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