WILMINGTON — Virginia Elizabeth Siders will celebrate her 100th birthday on July 29.
She was born in Dayton and her family soon moved to a farm on New Germany-Trebein Road in Beavercreek. She graduated from Beavercreek High School in 1935 and went on to earn her elementary teaching degree from Miami University in 1937.
She was employed as a teacher at Beavercreek in 1937, teaching grades third, fifth and sixth in the five years she taught there. She also taught second grade in Reesville and Sabina elementary schools from 1964 until 1974.
During the summers, she worked part time at Sheffield Gage Co. in Dayton and Wright-Patterson in Fairborn during World War II.
In February 1944, she married Don Siders who was a lifelong resident of Clinton County. They moved to the Stephens farm in the northwest corner of Clinton County on Gallimore Road near Port William and lived there from 1944 until 1973.
They moved to Wilmington in 1973 and Virginia remains in her home with the help of her son, Daryl Siders of Xenia, and his wife, Linda, and her daughter Donna Siders Ryder of Burlington, Kentucky. She has five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
A party was held in her honor birthday on Saturday, July 22 at the Port William-Lumberton Senior Center with many loving family members and friends in attendance.
Story courtesy of our sister paper the Wilmington News Journal.
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