Virginia J. Muir, age 91, a resident of Windsor Park in Carol Stream, IL, died Friday, November 16 peacefully at home surrounded by her family. She was born May 10, 1921 in Swaledale, Iowa to Louis and Alice Jenkins.
In 1944 she graduated from Wheaton College with a bachelor's degree in literature and education. Before her marriage to Douglas W. Muir in 1945, she taught English and music at the high school level. She has been a member of College Church of Wheaton since 1938, where she was active in the musical organizations and women's mission groups.
Mrs. Muir was the owner of Virginia J. Muir Editorial Service, a free-lance agency offering professional critiquing and editing of manuscripts for publishing houses and individual writers. She also was one of the reviewers for The Writer's Edge, a local manuscript critiquing service.
In 1988 she retired from the in-house editorial staff of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., of Carol Stream, IL, where she had served for twenty-five years, first as secretary to its founder, Dr. Kenneth N. Taylor, and then in the company's editorial department. She held positions as senior book editor, managing editor, senior editor of the Bible division, and assistant editor-in-chief. One of her favorite duties as editor was teaching classes and counseling writers at many of the Christian writers' conferences and general writers' workshops in the United States and Canada. At one time she was on the board of directors of the Christian Writers Guild, then based in Hume Lake, CA, and from 1991 to 1994 she was executive director of The Academy of Christian Editors, a national organization of senior-level book editors, of which she is a charter member.
Virginia's articles have been published by several Christian magazines. She is the author of The One Year Bible Story Book (Tyndale, 1988), and co-author (with Carol Terry Talbot) of Escape at Dawn (Tyndale, 1988), and also co-author (with Dr. Kenneth N. Taylor) of Dr. Taylor's autobiography, My Life: a Guided Tour (Tyndale, 1991). In 1988 Virginia and Douglas moved to Windsor Park, a retirement community in Carol Stream, IL. Virginia continued to participate in all that Windsor Park had to offer, especially its music activities, in which she was involved as a pianist, accompanist for two choirs, and a handbell choir participant.
She was predeceased by her husband, Douglas in 2001. She is survived by her five children and their spouses: Margaret (Jerry) Webb of Winfield, IL, Mary (John) Peluso of Willis, VA, Douglas William, Jr. (Sheryl) of Aurora, CO, Ruth (Peter) Napolitano of Binghamton, NY, and Ellie (John) Addleman of Mechanicburg, PA. She is also survived by ten grandchildren: Daniel Newitt, Christopher (Katie) Newitt, John Muir, James Muir, Larry Douglas (Vicki) Napolitano, Dominick (Heather) Napolitano, Katelyn Napolitano, Sarah Napolitano, John Muir Addleman, and Douglas Addleman; and four great-grandchildren: Casey Newitt, Lexiana Napolitano, Hunter Douglas Napolitano, and Daxton Napolitano.
A visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 27, from 4 until 8 PM, at Hultgren Funeral Home, 304 N. Main St., in Wheaton. Memorial services will be held on Thursday, November 29 at 10:30 AM at College Church, corner of Washington and Seminary, in Wheaton, and at 3:00 PM at Windsor Park Manor in Carol Stream. Interment will be held privately at Chapel Hill Gardens West, Oakbrook Terrace.
Memorial gifts may be directed to College Church or the American Cancer Society.
Family and friends may sign a guest book at hultgrenfh.com. For more information, please call Hultgren Funeral Home at 630-668-0027.