Virginia Josephine Teal, 96, of Russellville, went home to be with The Lord, November 14, 2020. Known by most as Josephine, she was born December 26, 1924 in Russellville, Arkansas. She was the daughter of Hattie Humphrey Renfroe and William Briscoe Renfroe, both lifelong residents of Russellville and Center Valley. Josephine was married to her beloved husband, Alvin (Al) P. Teal, on August 17, 1942, during World War II. Al's parents, Otis and Lottie Teal, were also lifelong residents of Russellville.
Josephine was by Al's side in Fayetteville as he completed his degree in Mechanical Engineering. Josephine attended classes at the University of Arkansas as well, then worked briefly at Douglas Aircraft in Tulsa, Oklahoma as their lives moved westward to California. Al entered the U.S. Navy in 1943, and their experiences in wartime San Diego cemented a lifelong love born in a world of uncertainty.
Following the war, Josephine and Al embarked on an exciting oilfield driven journey that would take them to Oklahoma City, and Texas cities of Abilene and Sweetwater. They even lived for a while in the frozen north of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada while Al provided much needed engineering expertise. Josephine had a unique ability to make friends in all walks of life, many with whom she stayed in contact into her later years. Her determination and strength of character led others to recognize her as president of Circle Groups in Disciples of Christ Churches they attended over the years. She was also a fierce competitor in playing Bridge, and even recently she garnered admiration from new acquaintances for her skill that often left opponents wondering what had just happened. Josephine never did anything halfway, even when baking her delicious bread that often led nearby friends to her door for a friendly chat.
Josephine's beloved Al went on to meet The Lord on March 18, 1999. She is survived by Daughters, Ginna Lou Yeager of Russellville and Martha Jo Young of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Sons-in-Law, Richard Yeager of Russellville and Allen Young of Colorado Springs, Colorado also honor and mourn her passing. Surviving grandchildren that spent glorious summers and Christmases with Josephine and Al include Tiffany Yeager of California, Todd Yeager of Texas, Aimee Karr of Texas and Adam Young of Colorado. Great Grandchildren include Logan Erickson and Levi James Karr of Texas, Isaiah Young, Jude Young and Joshua Young, all of Colorado. Josephine was dearly loved by all who yearn to see her again someday. Meanwhile, she will be sorely missed.
The family will hold a memorial service at a later date to be announced. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at www.stjude.org/donate. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Humphrey Funeral Service. Internet obituary and online guestbook are available at www.humphreyfuneral.com.
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