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Virginia Rufner

Virginia Moseley Rufner

Sunday, January 29th, 1956 - Wednesday, November 20th, 2019
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Virginia Moseley Rufner passed away early Wednesday morning, November 20, 2019, with her devoted husband of 45 years, Gary, steadfastly holding her hand. Virginia was a first-born daughter, an eldest sister, a devoted wife, a caring mother of two, a skilled legal secretary, an accomplished softball player, an occasional baseball coach, an opportunistic world traveler, and a person who appreciated and cultivated a life of love and family.
Within her family Virginia was the emblem of strength. Despite suffering the painful slings and arrows of body-wide cancer, she remained resilient and an infinite source of support and love. She always reveled in the successes of her husband and sons, conveying pride far beyond what she showed at her own achievements. She was the paragon of a loving mother.
Virginia was a force of nature. She was impressive. She was smart yet inquisitive, strong but also emotional, and she was unfailingly kind to animals. Her love of cats is legendary, as she owned and cared for almost a dozen feline family members over the years. She loved each cat’s personality, and she often called up cherished memories of Tiffany, Sir, Missy, Shilly, CJ, Maggie, Bubba, TC, Rudy, and Ellie.
Virginia was a learner. With unflinching determination and expert time-management – plus a little help in Astronomy class – she worked to finish her college degree, more than three decades after starting it. She was a vastly intelligent person who knew the value of asking questions, and the importance of skeptically evaluating the answers.
Virginia was a traveler. She especially loved cruises, and she and Gary took them regularly to travel the Caribbean, the St. Lawrence River, Bermuda, or either coast of Mexico. In 2018, she organized a five-day vacation to Iceland in hopes of seeing the Northern Lights, which she did – twice. In September of 2019, Virginia planned a 10-day family vacation to Alaska, the memories of which will last a lifetime.
When at home in Centreville, she delighted in sitting on the swinging bench on the covered porch, looking out into the woods and making comments about what the squirrels were doing. She spent her final summer residing in her long-awaited second home, overlooking the waters of a Southwest Florida canal. She took great joy in watching what swam by and telling everyone about it.
Virginia was a pillar of her family. Every holiday season, the entire family looked forward to playing the games she would invent for the big gathering. Laughter and fun were invariably the results. She was clever and funny, and she enjoyed it when others were the same. In her last photograph, she insisted on sipping milk while her family posed around her, just for the comedic effect. She loved it.
Virginia, a.k.a. Mom, is terribly missed. She is survived by her cat Puma, her husband Gary, of Centreville, Va., her son Jason and daughter-in-law Tara, both of Centreville, Va., and her son Chris, of Spring, Tx. Her two sisters, Nancy-Lynn Wilson of Fairfax, Va., and Barbara Moseley of Rixeyville, Va., miss their older sister very much.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 10:00 AM at Saint Andrew Lutheran Church, 14640 Soucy Place, Centreville, VA 20120.

Following the Memorial Service, the Rufner Family invites all mourners to gather at the family home:
6620 Smiths Trace
Centreville, VA 20120

In lieu of flowers, Virginia requested that memorial donations be made to help cats in foster care with Animal Allies at P.O. Box 7040, Fairfax Station, VA 22039-7040, telephone 703-940-9183, website, so that more cats might be loved the way Virginia would love them.

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    Saturday, December 7th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Saturday, December 7th, 2019 10:00am
    Saint Andrew Lutheran Church
    14640 Soucy Place
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Butch Bryant

Posted at 06:13pm
I only met Virginia once, but I've been friends with her husband, Gary, since high school. Virginia was battling cancer when I first met her many years ago, but you'd never know it. She was positive, upbeat, and a joy to be around. Her attitude was to be commended, as it takes a positive attitude and a sense of humor to battle that dreaded disease. I was one of the lucky survivors, but sometimes I wonder just how lucky I was when I see the devastation the disease can cause, not just to the patients, but to their loved ones as well. Survivor guilt? Maybe. But it just really upsets me to see "the good ones" taken. And Virginia was one of the good ones! Blessings and prayers to the entire family in their grief.

Rebecca Wehausen

Posted at 11:20am
To the Rufner Family, my deepest condolences. Virginia was a co-worker and friend and we sat near each other in the Fairfax office. We were separated by departments in the Reston office, but I always enjoyed talking with her. She was spunky, truthful and funny. I admired her strength and her love of her family. We always shared our family stories with each other. My daughters went to Centreville High School and when the brick wall went up near the football field and I saw the Rufner family brick I took a picture of it and showed it to Virginia. She appreciated it very much. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. My prayers go out to you all. She will be truly missed.

Rebecca Wehausen

Erin Boland

Posted at 11:38am
Virginia (or “VA” as I’d always call her) was my friend and coworker. She was someone I trusted and admired for so many reasons, and when she became sick, I also came to see her as a warrior. Over the years, VA and I often talked about her handsome husband, his beautiful “radio voice,” and her boys. It was apparent to all that she loved her family more than anything in the world. I’ll betcha she’s kicking butt in heaven just as she did on earth. Warm hugs to VA’s family and all who knew and loved her.
With love,
Erin Boland

Megan Osinski

Posted at 10:46am
To Virginia's family: My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Virginia was always pleasant, kind, and so thoughtful. I have to admit, I cried when I heard the news. When I first came to OFP, it was a hard transition for me, after working for the government for so long. Virginia was always helpful in steering me in the right direction (some times literally), or even just making me feel "at home". Please know that I will be praying for your family. May God continue to keep you strong, and give you peace.

Megan Osinski, co-worker

Megan Osinski

Posted at 09:52am
Virginia always wore beautiful colors at work. I thought these pink roses reminded me of her. With deepest sympathy,
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