Virginia Adair Sackett

(1916-2008)
FatherArtimus Dillavou Sackett (1886-1971)
MotherAda Van Patten (c 1883-)
Virginia Sackett
(1916–2008)
(Src: University of Illinois, yearbook, 1939)
Virginia Adair Sackett, daughter of Artimus Dillavou Sackett and Ada Van Patten, was born in Champaign, IllinoisG, on 8 October 1916.1 She died there aged 91 on 1 March 20082 and was buried at Mt Hope Mausoleum, ChampaignG.1 She married after 1955, Darius E Phebus, son of Harry Phebus and Mary Strubinger. Darius was born on 2 July 1910.3,4 He died aged 97 on 12 November 2007.5
     In 1920 Virginia was living at East John Street, ChampaignG, in the household of her parents Arthur and Ada, and was recorded in the census as Virginia Sackette, aged three and born in Illinois.6
     In 1930 Virginia was living at East John Street, ChampaignG, in the household of her parents Arthur and Ada, and was recorded in the census as Virginia Sackett, aged 13 and born in Illinois.7
     Virginia was listed in the Champaign-Urbana City Directory from 1932 when she was a student. She was the deputy county clerk in 1957.8
     Virginia, then the deputy county clerk, visited England for two months in 1955, travelling on the United States from New York to Southampton. She stayed at the Strand Palace Hotel in London.9
Virginia S. Phebus died March 1, 2008, in Champaign, at the age of 91.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 4, 2008, at Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy, Illinois 61874 with Reverend Stephen Pichaske officiating. Entombment will be in the Mt. Hope Mausoleum, Champaign. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at the funeral home.
Virginia was born October 8, 1916, in Champaign, Illinois. She was the daughter of Arthur Dillavou and Ada Van Patton Sackett.
As a girl, she and her sister, Elva, spent many summers in Bay View, Michigan, with their parents. Their Bay View Cottage was home to many special memories shared between Virginia and her family. There she instilled her love for Bay View into her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Virginia went to Colonel Wolfe grade school and graduated from Champaign High School.
Since childhood, she was a devoted fan of the University of Illinois Athletics. As a girl, she and a friend set up a lemonade stand on the University of Illinois Campus trying to lure Red Grange in for a drink. He never bought one, but they did see him walk by on the campus several times.
After graduation from the University of Illinois in 1939, she worked for a time in California for West Airlines. Later, she worked for an insurance company in Springfield, Illinois, and then returned to Champaign to work at the County Clerk's office. There she met Darius Phebus. When she married him, she became part of a family with four children, a cat, and a dog. Their four children are: Joseph (Carolyn) Phebus, an attorney in Urbana; Mary (Richard) Killey a high school teacher in Roseville; Margaret (Larry) Moore, a nurse anesthetist of Roseville; and William (Nancy) Phebus, the president of Alt-Terra Survey of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Darius Phebus, and her sister, Elva Sackett.
Virginia enjoyed her many friendships and had a wonderful sense of humor. When she was with her family and friends, laughter was sure to accompany whatever they did.
She and Darius enjoyed traveling in the United States and various other countries. When she was in her 70's, she walked on the Great Wall of China.
As grandchildren and great grandchildren arrived, she loved spending time with them.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Urbana, Delta Delta Delta Sorority alumni, and the University of Illinois Athletic Association. She loved U of I sports and seldom passed up a chance to go to a game.
Memorials can be made to the Cunningham Children's Home, 1301 North Cunningham, Urbana or to the Roseville Kid's Place, Roseville, Illinois 61473.

Published in The News-Gazette on 3/3/2008.
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 Notes & Citations

  1. Obituary.
  2. "Social Security Death Index", database, Ancestry.com, "Virginia S Phebus, b. 8 Oct 1916, d. 1 Mar 2008, last res. 61821 Champaign, Champaign, Illinois, SSN issued Illinois before 1951."
  3. Death record.
  4. Parents names from record of first marriage.
  5. "Social Security Death Index", database, Ancestry.com, "Darius E Phebus, b. 2 Jul 1910, d. 12 Nov 2007, last res. 61821 Champaign, Champaign, Illinois, SSN issued Illinois before 1951."
  6. 1920 US census, digital image from National Archives microfilm, Ancestry.com, Roll: T625_298; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 10
    E John, Champaign, Champaign County, Illinois, 13/14 Jan 1920
    Sackette, Aurther D, head, home owned freehold, 30, b. IL, father b. IL, mother b. IL, proprietor, furniture store
    Sackette, Ada, wife, 33, b. IL, father b. NY, mother b. IL
    Sackette, Virginia, dau, 3 3/12, b. IL, father b. IL, mother b. IL.
  7. 1930 US census, digital image from National Archives microfilm, Ancestry.com, Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 0014; FHL microfilm: 2340144
    East John, Champaign, Champaign County, Illinois, 8 Apr 1930
    Sackett, Arthur D, head, home owned $9,500, 45, m. at 26, b. IL, father b. US, mother b. US, proprietor, furniture store
    Sackett, Ada V, wife, 45, m. at 26, b. IL, father b. NY, mother b. IL
    Sackett, Virginia, dau, 13, b. IL, father b. IL, mother b. IL
    Sackett, Elva, dau, 9, b. IL, father b. IL, mother b. IL
    Pflum, Rosalie, servant, 21, b. IL, father b. IN, mother b. IN, servant, private family.
  8. "US City Directories, 1822-1995", digital image, Ancestry.com, Champaign-Urbana City Directory, 1932, "Sackett Virginia Miss stu C H S r 1401 W University av."; 1935, "Sackett Virginia A, r 1401 W University av."; 1957, "Sackett Virginia A dep county clk r1401 W University av."
  9. "UK Incoming Passenger Lists 1878–1960", digital image, Ancestry.com, "Virginia Sackett, 38, deputy county clerk, USA citizen, United States, cabin class, b. 8 Oct 1916, arr. 29 Jun 1955 Southampton, from New York, UK address Strand Palace Hotel, London, last permanent residence USA, intended permanent residence USA, visiting 2 months."
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Sackett line6th great-granddaughter of John Sackett of New Haven
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