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Virginia Lee Woodard Trost (Woodard) Bennett
August 15, 1946 ~ November 27, 2023 (age 77) 77 Years Old
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Virginia Lee Woodard Trost Bennett was born in Ringgold, Louisiana on August 15, 1946, and the daughter of a Southern Baptist Preacher. She is preceded by her late husband of 34 years Marcus Ray Bennett of Calhoun, Louisiana, her father Willie Woodard and mother Helen Loftin Woodard of Start, Louisiana and brother Ronnie Eugene Woodard of Magnolia Arkansas.
Virginia passed away unexpectedly on Monday, November 27, 2023 and will be dearly missed by her children Robert Bruce Trost, Jr. of Kemah, Texas and Teri Nalene Trost Arnold of Marble Falls, Texas. Virginia’s grandchildren Colby Dean Arnold, Wife Kiersten Arnold, children Aiden and Alec of Burnet Texas and Raymond Lee Arnold, Wife Megan Arnold, children Ryatt and Marlee of Marble Falls, Texas and Edward Harrison Arnold of Monroe Louisiana were the highlights of her life next to the Lord and the Astros. The Lord was always first but sometimes the Astros might have slightly outweighed family events. She was a loyal fan and will always be waving the Astros flag proudly. She had many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews and welcomed those that became part of immediate family like her own to include Maria Contreras, Jeff Ferguson and Kevin Arnold. Once you are part of the family, let no man separate. She was a loyal, sweet, gentle spirit and welcomed with open arms.
Virginia was a retired medical transcriptionist and moved to Texas in May 2023. Her life journey was an adventure in getting here; she has roots across Louisiana, Wyoming and when she moved to Texas, she said “it would be her last journey home”. In Louisiana many of her days were spent in PTA meetings, working late nights on a Saturday night at a racetrack that was passed down in the family, playing in volleyball or softball tournaments on a church league and raising two children. She loved to travel, and her summer vacations consisted of going out West with friends, the kids, and a motor home while listening to John Denver. Her bucket list item that we were in the process of planning was to take a train trip to the East Coast. If you take an East Coast trip and especially up to Maine, make a toast for Virginia in honor of her bucket list.
There are many other people in her life that will be missing her. Virginia had a heart that like no other. She was loving, non-judgmental, and showed un-conditional love which I’m sure came from the foundation of such great parents. She loved Ray’s children and grandchildren as they were her own. Virginia had reunited, after all these years and her journey, with her lifelong friend that she went to school with “Binkie” whom she treasured. Another friend reminds me as I write my mother’s obituary that just because miles separate you, and it has been years since you have seen each other, doesn’t mean you aren’t friends. Every person you meet is either for a season or a lifetime but the purpose is to leave a little bread crumb along the way. As they say… it’s not the beginning and the end that matter, it is the dash in between. Virginia’s dash touched many lives along that way and even though she or her family weren’t ready for her to go, she has left this earth and now rests in peace. So those that knew her take one piece of the “dash” of Virginia’s life that inspired you and Pay it Forward. I think that is all that Virginia would have wanted.