Virginia Onstead Tackett

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

VIRGINIA ONSTEAD TACKETT, 88, of Holiday Island, widow of Lowell Tackett, died Monday, Jan. 14, 2008.

Born Nov. 12, 1919, to Charles Frederick and Isabel Emerick Onstead, she grew up in Hope.

An avid reader, she wrote book reviews and a column, Book Notes, in the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock through the 1950s.

She was a secretary at the Arkansas Highway Department in Little Rock when she began attending law school at night, becoming a Highway Department lawyer from her graduation in 1965 until her retirement in 1976.

She served on the Governor s Commission on the Status of Women and the Criminal Code Revision Commission and was a member of the Arkansas Bar Association s House of Delegates.

Survivors are two sons, Dick Tackett and his wife, Toni, of Little Rock, and Fred Tackett and his wife, Patricia, of Topanga, Calif., and Eureka Springs, and five grandchildren.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, Jan. 19, at Pulaski Heights Methodist Church in Little Rock by Griffin Leggett Funeral Service.