Virginia Clay Lea Appelquest, 82, of Washington, Ga., died Aug. 28, 2008, at her home.
Graveside services were held Aug. 30 in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Washington.
Mrs. Appelquest was born in Magnolia, to Clark R. and Allie Thomas Lea.
She was a chemist and a graduate and alumni of Louisiana State University. She had attended Magnolia Baptist Church and Robinson Baptist Church. She also had taught in the school system.
She married and had two children before moving to Cuba in 1951, where she had her third child. She homeschooled her children until their return to the United States in 1960.
Teaching was a strong interest of hers, and she spearheaded their educational endeavors. She was dedicated to her family and was loved by all.
Mrs. Appelquest was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Andren J. Appelquest.
Survivors include three children, Andren J. Appelquest, Dr. Elizabeth Coe, and Emily Merrill; five grandchildren, Ian Coe, Genevieve Coe, Hanan Merrill, Carey Merrill, and Nathan Merrill; four great-grandchildren, Andrew, Sophia, William and Lucinda Merrill; a sister, Betty Banning of Louisiana; a brother-in-law, Ted Appelquest of Arizona; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.