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Funeral services for Virginia Archer, 85, resident of Gainesville and Dallas, are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at Northway Christian Church in Dallas with Rev. Doug Skinner officiating. Interment services will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday at Nelson Grove Cemetery in Woodbine with Rev. Mark Loewen officiating. The family will receive friends from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at Northway Christian and then 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home in Gainesville. Services are under the direction of Geo. J. Carroll & Son.
Mrs. Archer passed away January 26, 2017 in Plano.
Virginia was born October 25, 1931 in Gainesville to Cecil and Odessa M. (Hensley) Roberts. She graduated Gainesville Memorial High School in 1948 and attended Texas Tech University. In 1949, Virginia married Robert J. Archer, Sr. in Vernon. She attended business college in Wichita Falls while Mr. Archer was employed by Sherwin-Williams Co. Later she was employed by Wichita National Bank.
After moving to Dallas in 1959, she was involved in PTAs in Lake Highlands schools with her children, Lee Archer Small and Jud Archer, and was honored as a Lifetime Member in PTA. The family was actively involved for 25 years at Northway Christian Church, where she served on the Board as a Deacon and an Elder, while chairing several committees, as well as being active in youth work and Christian Women's Fellowship.
In 1985, Mr. and Mrs. Archer moved to Lake Kiowa following Bob's retirement from Sherwin-Williams to open their own retail business in Gainesville. They became active in civic affairs including the Chamber of Commerce, Revitalization, Merchant's Association, Soroptimist, and Home Hospice of Cooke County. After retiring from retail, Mrs. Archer continued to serve on many boards including Butterfield Stage, Home Hospice, and First Christian Church. For many years, her dedication was to the board of Juliette Fowler Homes in Dallas. The love she felt for the residents there, as well as her co-workers, always had a special place in her heart.
Survivors include: daughter Patricia Lee Small of Fort Worth; son Jud Archer and wife Paula of Frisco; grandchildren: Erin Ellis, Jake Small, Robert Archer, and Christina Archer; and great-grandchildren: Hayli Archer and Zoƫ Ellis.
Mrs. Archer was preceded in death by her husband Bob Archer parents; and brothers: Graham Roberts and Bud Roberts.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Juliette Fowler Homes in Dallas.
You may sign the online register at www.geojcarroll.com.
Published on January 27, 2017
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