Virginia Trogdon

Virginia Lee Trogdon, 88, of Winfield, passed away Sunday, May 17, 2020, at William Newton Hospital.

Memorial services are at 10 a.m. Friday, May 29 at Miles Funeral Service. Private burial will take place at a later date at Cambridge Cemetery.

Memorials have been established in Virginia’s name for Cambridge Presbyterian Church and Grenola United Methodist Church. Contributions can be made through Miles Funeral Service. Online condolences can be made at

Born Feb. 14, 1932, on a farm north of Cambridge, Virginia was the daughter of Everett L. and E. Pauline (Curfman) Howe. She was raised and received her education in the Cambridge area. She attended the first three years of school at Box Rural School and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1949. Virginia then attended Kansas College and Business Colleges in Wichita.

She married Robert L. Wadleigh on Jan. 31, 1952. The couple had three children and later divorced. Virginia worked as a secretary at Southwestern College for about two years before having children. She then began her career at Winfield State Hospital and Training Center, where she started in volunteer services, working her way up through secretarial positions and finally, the secretary to the superintendent. She had 33 years of service before retiring in 1994.

She was united in marriage to Glen R. Trogdon on April 17, 1981. They lived in Grenola until April 2019. She was a member of Cambridge Presbyterian Church and an associate member of Grenola United Methodist Church. Virginia served in many capacities of both churches. She loved to be busy and on the go! Virginia served on the Grenola Cemetery Board and participated in the Methodist Womens Group. She spent many hours studying her Bible. Cooking was her all-time favorite thing to do and she was famous for her cookies, which could be found at many community events and well stocked in the freezer. Her cooking skills served her well during the family gatherings that she loved so much. She was a skilled seamstress, sewing for her children and others for years, plus sewing blankets and other items for grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends. Favorite music included hymns and southern gospel, such as the Bill Gather Vocal Band. Virginia was dearly loved by all who knew her.

In addition to her parents, Virginia was preceded in death by a sister, Esta Lee Brunton.

Her family includes her husband, Glen, of Winfield; her sons, Brent (Sara) Wadleigh, of Arkansas City, and Greg (Tammy) Wadleigh, of Arkansas City; her daughter, Paula (Steve) Hansen, of El Dorado; her sister, Judy Rakestraw and husband, LeRoy, of Winfield; her grandchildren, Robert (Nonette) Wadleigh, Mary (Dan) Chapman, Virginia “Ginny” Wadleigh, Amy (Curtis) Jewett, Andy (Stephanie) Wadleigh, Joe (Courtney) Nitschke, Abi Hansen, Rose Hansen, Adam Hansen, Steven Moberg, and Lisa Powers; her great-grandchildren, Robert Jr. “Toby,” Landen, Layne, Anthony “Tony,” Lucas, Allyson, Waylon, Kinsley, Kami, Morgan and Bobby; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

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