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Virginia Mae Cummins Griswold Burton, 82, of Noblesville, formerly of Columbus, died at 5:22 a.m. Thursday, September 26, 2013 at Riverwalk Village in Noblesville.

Virginia was born December 9, 1930 in Indianapolis, the daughter of Joseph L. S. Cummins and Jessie Mae Watson Cummins. In 1943 she moved with her family to Columbus. There she attended McKinley Elementary and Columbus High School where she sang in the Acapella choir. She went on to McMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill., where she majored in Art. While at McMurray, she had several pieces on display in the Chicago Museum of Art. This came about when a panel of judges and faculty selected works submitted by students from all of the universities and colleges in Illinois for a showing at the Chicago Museum of Art.

In July, 1950, she married James Norman Griswold in Bloomington.

Virginia was involved in Girl Scouts, serving as a Brownie Leader, a Girl Scout Leader, a Day Camp Counselor, as the Marion County Girl Scout Cookie Chairman and as a member of the Marion County Girl Scout Council.

Virginia was a member of the League of Women Voters and served on the United Nations Committee. In this capacity she was instrumental in bringing the head of the United Nations, during his tour of the United States, to Indianapolis. She also belonged to the Federation of Women’s Clubs of Marion County and worked extensively with the children at the Marion County Guardians Home.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Columbus, where she sang in the choir. While in Indianapolis, she was a member of the Northminster Presbyterian Church where she taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, assisted with the children’s choir and the Youth Fellowship and served as treasurer of the Women’s Association.

For 28 years she was employed in retail management, working 10 years for a specialty bridal shop and 18 years as fashion department manager for K-Mart.

In the words of her sister, “Virginia inherited all of their ancestor’s talents; musician, vocalist, artist, craftsman, and seamstress. She is a member of the Cummins’ Clan to whom everyone goes when they want a picture painted, a wedding dress made, an heirloom quilt for their bed or to hear the telling of a clan happening.”

She devoted her life and energy to her family.

A funeral service celebrating the life of Virginia will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at Myers-Reed Chapel on 25th St. with Joseph Meek officiating. Family and friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Monday. Burial will be at Garland Brook Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the Bartholomew County Humane Society or the donor’s choice of charities.

Online condolences to the family may be submitted at where you may view a video tribute.

Virginia is survived by three daughters, Julie (Steve) Stepp of Arcadia, Marcia Jo Gurno of Duluth, Minn. and Virginia Ann Chandler of Chicago; two sisters, Margaret Cummins Schaefer and JoAnn (Gordon) Meek, both of Columbus; nine grandchildren, including David Chandler and Stephanie, Laurie and Renae Stepp and 11 great-grandchildren.

Along with her parents, Virginia was also preceded in death by an infant son and brother, John Albert Cummins.

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