Virginia Adelaide Ott Johns\nJanuary 16, 1925 - August 21, 2011\nTampa, FL\nVirginia passed away at John Knox Medical Center in Tampa, FL at the age of 86. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 10 at 10 Am., at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, with interment in I.O.O.F. Cemetery following the mass. Family will greet friends for visitation from 5-7 pm, Friday, September 9 at Peterson's Funeral Home, 602 E. Salem Avenue in Indianola.\nVirginia was born January 16, 1925 to William and Virginia Ott in Chicago Illinois. She was the only daughter with five brothers. She graduated from Notre Dame Catholic High School in Chicago. She worked as a telephone operator for the Bell Telephone Company.\nDuring WWII she often went with friends to the Chicago USO Club. It was there she met her future husband George. On June 8, 1946 she married George Orville Johns and they began their family life in Chicago. George and Virginia came to Indianola to live in 1953 after the death of George's mother. \nThe move with five young children to farm life was difficult for Virginia who called herself a "city girl" and there were tough times ahead as she lost a baby in childbirth before the birth of her last child Barbara.\nBut through thick and thin Virginia raised her family to be respectful and hardworking. She and George were among the early parishioners of St. Thomas. She was a stay-at-home mother until the late 60's when she took a job as a postal worker in Des Moines. She lived in this area more than 30 years before retiring and moving to Florida in 1995. George preceded her in death April 1, 1997.\nVirginia mourned the loss of George very deeply and was never quite herself after his death. She survived surgery for colon cancer but her memory loss became serious and she moved to Tampa to live in John Knox Medical Center for the last seven years.\nEven when life was difficult Virginia loved to make others smile. She had a wry sense of humor and the twinkle in her eye was often the beginning of some mischievous thought. \nShe enjoyed sewing, knitting, painting, card games and BINGO! And of course she was an avid Cubbies fan! She also had an addiction to ice cream, so much so that her nurses named her "Dairy Queen" when it was the only food she could endure during chemo therapy. \nShe is mourned by six children; Margaret Dolan of Sarasota, FL, Georgian (Maximilian) Mazgaj of Lackawanna, NY, Michael (Kathy) Johns of Indianola, IA, William (Elizabeth) Johns of Malvern, IA, Patricia (Curtis) Swaim of Sheboygan, WI, and Barbara (Tom) Teeling of Tampa FL, fifteen grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and three brothers, William Ott and Robert Ott of Chicago, IL, George Ott of Loveland, CO.\nThe family would like to honor the caregivers at John Knox Village by requesting in Lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the John Knox Christmas \nFund, attention: Lynn Taggart, 4100 E. Fletcher Ave., Tampa, FL. 33613.