Virgilene’s life began on November 26, 1935, the daughter of Ernest and Jesse “Blanche” (Murray) Hull in Towanda, Kansas. She graduated from Towanda High School Class of 1953, and married Forrest Sooby on November 1, 1952, in Bentonville, Arkansas. He preceded her in death in 2008. When Virgilene was 38 years old she received her LPN degree and worked for Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital as a surgical scrub nurse. On September 25, 2010, she married Jack Buckner in El Dorado.
She was a member of First Baptist Church and the Challenger’s Sunday School Class. For years she helped with funeral dinners at the church. She enjoyed camping, playing cards with her girlfriends and was a guardian for a dozen or more newborns before they were adopted.
Her loving family includes her spouse, Jack Buckner of El Dorado; children, Rick Sooby of Towanda, Debra (Ted) Kimble of Shawnee, Kansas, Roger Sooby of Dallas, Texas, Diane (Ron) Leiker of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Jay (Carla) Buckner of El Dorado; grandchildren, Joshua Sooby, Terra Marten, Heather Valerio, William Kimble, Jacob Leiker, Andrea Leiker, J.W. Buckner, Ashley Barnes and Brooks Buckner; great-grandchildren, Marcos Valerio, Vanessa Valerio, Sarah Raymer, Lexi Raymer and Raina Sooby; nieces, Virginia (Jim) Strickler, Helen (Sonny) Parker and Pam (Gary) Brant and her beloved kitty, Bheni.
She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Forrest; and three brothers, Hobert, Lorraine and Arlo Hull. Virgilene passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, having reached the age of 82 years old.
Her family will gather with friends on Sunday, May 13, from 5-7 p.m. at Carlson Colonial Funeral Home. Her funeral service will be held on Monday, May 14, at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church.
Memorial contributions in her name may be directed to the First Baptist Church, 315 W. Central, El Dorado, KS 67042 or Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, 313 S. Market, Wichita, Kansas 67202. Please sign her online guest book and leave a memory of Virgilene at www.carlsoncolonial.com
Donations may be made to:
Sarah Circle c/o First Baptist Church
315 W. Central Ave., El Dorado KS 67042
Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice
313 S. Market St., Wichita KS 67202