Virginia Ruth Hampsten (89) of Newton


Published on August 10 2012 3:14 pm

Virginia Ruth Hampsten, 89, of Newton, Illinois passed away Thursday, August 9, 2012 at Mattoon Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Mattoon.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, August 13 at the Crain Funeral Home, Newton with Rev. Steve Willis officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral at the funeral home. Burial will be in the West Lawn Cemetery, Newton. Memorial giflts in memory of Virginia may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Online condolences may be offered at

Virginia was born June 1, 1923 in Jasper County, the daughter of Benjamin and Sophia (Nebergall) Ransdell. Virginia married Kenneth Hampsten September 20, 1941. He preceded her in death November 28, 1992. For many years Virginia was a store clerk at Ben Franklin and Tresslers in Newton.

Suvivors include daughters, Carol Ann (husband George) Pierce of Mattoon and Nada (husband Terry) Young of Gays; 10 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren; six step great-grandchildren and brother, Robert Ransdell of  Georgia.

Preceding her in death were her husband; daughter, Sharon Harmon; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brother, Kent Ransdell and sister, Betty Louis Ransdell.