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by Don Sisk
Four score years ago God brought forth through Pearlie and Charlie
Carlton a wonderful little girl. They named her Virginia Ruth.
Virginia means beautiful and it was and still is appropriate for her.
She is not only beautiful outwardly but more importantly inwardly.
Ruth is a name found in the Bible. Perhaps the most well-known saying
of (the biblical) Ruth was: Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from
following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I
will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God (Ruth 1:16-17). This was a statement
Beside the word commitment in the dictionary, there should be a picture of Virginia. At an
early age as a result of a faithful Sunday school teacher, who incidentally was also her day school
teacher in a little one-room schoolhouse in Kentucky, Virginia committed her soul to Jesus
Christ. When her family moved to Nortonville, she was baptized and joined the Nortonville
On June 7, 1952, Virginia committed herself to me, her childhood sweetheart, as my wife. When I
made public my calling to the ministry, she made this commitment, “Since God has called Don to
preach, I want to be the best wife I can possibly be so he can be all that God desires for him to be.”
For 60 years she was a committed pastor’s wife, missionary wife, and mission’s executive wife. In all
of these positions, she excelled. She was a mentor in these various positions for many.
God gave us two children, and Virginia became a committed mother. She loved, nurtured,
and prayed for her children from the day of their births. She was a model mother. When God
began to send grandchildren into her life, she became a committed grandmother. Never did
a day pass that she did not pray for each one by name and need. She was
actively involved in their lives. She was blessed by having seven great
grandchildren. Like all her other positions, she excelled in being a
GREAT – Grandmother.
Several times during her 80 years, she was asked to leave
family, friends, and precious possessions. She obeyed the
Lord, and God wonderfully blessed her and gave peace
Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far
above rubies (Proverbs 31:10). Thank God, I did!
Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband
also, and he praiseth her (Proverbs 31:28). And so,
do her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and
countless thousands of others who knew and loved
Virginia Ruth Sisk. W