Virginia Paulk

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

On December 23, 2016, Virginia Marie Matney Paulk passed away peacefully at Marietta House in Anchorage, Alaska. Virginia was born on August 22, 1917, in Berryville, AR, to Walter and Tura Lee Matney, the fourth child into a family of what would become ten children. She was raised on farms at the old Matney home place until she was eight years old, then the family moved to the Matney home on the Osage River. This farm was located "around the mountain" from the Farmers' School house where she attended school through the eighth grade with her sisters, brothers, cousins and friends.

When she and her sister, Helen, were older they moved to Los Angeles, California where their Aunt Vert lived. One of the jobs Virginia had in the 1930's was filling Avon orders with cosmetics, and preparing them for mailing. She became an Avon representative selling Avon in the 40s, 50s, and even 60's.

On December 26, 1938, she married Chet Paulk in Berryville in a double ceremony with her sister Helen and John Baldwin, having travelled from California to Arkansas in a Model-A Ford Coupe.

In 1944, she moved from California to Alaska with her husband and infant daughter, Virginia Carol, traveling via car up the coast from California to Washington, then leaving on an Alaska steamship across the Gulf of Alaska to Seward completing the trip by Alaska Railroad to Anchorage. Virginia lived 72 years in the State of Alaska.

In the mid and late 40's, two more children were born: Marvin and Loretta. Virginia will be remembered for her love of family, her cooking and baking, gardening, and quilting. Outside the home, she worked for Snow White Cleaners and Northwest Airlines' kitchens where she retired. Upon retirement, she went to work in the Anchorage School District kitchens. For years and well into her 90's, she and her daughter Loretta had a small neighborhood greenhouse where they sold perennials.

Virginia was well travelled, traveling with her daughters to the States, Hawaii, Korea and many countries in Europe. One of her favorite trips was to the Grand Ole Opry. Well into her 90s, she was able to travel alone to visit family in Arkansas.

Virginia was a gentle soul, always smiling, never a harsh word. For years she lived with her son, Marvin, and later, she lived with Marvin and Loretta, who lovingly cared for her. Two months ago, she moved to Marietta House and was well cared for by Alex and Bonnie.

Virginia is survived by daughter, Loretta (Eric) Wieler, grandson, Todd Wieler, and great-grandchildren, Austin and Avah, all of Alaska; son Marvin Paulk of Anchorage, grandson Deano Paulk, granddaughter Deena Paulk, and great-grandsons, Corey, Cameron, and Cayden all of Washington; daughter "Carol" aka Ginny (Don) DeBusk of Roseburg, Oregon, granddaughter Dawn DeBusk (Wayne), great-granddaughter Danielle of Casco, Maine; grandson Derrick (Alivia) Debusk, great-grandsons Orion of Anchorage, and grandson Braden of Baker City, Oregon; and granddaughter Denise Debusk (James) and great-granddaughter Devon and great-grandson Hayden of Wichita, Kansas.

Virginia was preceded in death by her still born daughter, Geraldine; grandson Troy Wieler; parents Walter and Tura Matney; sisters, Vella Smith, Helen Baldwin, Nettie Fine, and Bobbie Matney; and brothers Olen, Charlie, Gene, Bill, and Marvin Matney.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m., Monday, January 16, 2017 at Charles M. Nelson Memorial Chapel, Berryville, Arkansas. Interment will follow at the Farmer Cemetery, Berryville, Arkansas under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service, Inc. Memorial donations may be made to the Farmer Cemetery, C/O Steven Warren, 232 CR 530, Berryville, AR. Online condolences may be sent to the family at