Virginia Summerell McMullen, 37, passed peacefully on Saturday, June 27, 2020, surrounded by her family. She had been successfully battling advanced lung cancer since 2019, but in a rapid relapse was under hospice care at UF Shands Hospital in Gainesville, FL.
Virginia was born in Savannah, the oldest daughter of B. Ray and Melanie (Fawcett) Summerell and granddaughter of Mrs. Jesse T. Fawcett of Savannah. She is survived by her husband, David Wayne McMullen, Jr., of Tallahassee, FL; and her sisters, Elizabeth Anne Summerell of Savannah, GA, and Carolyn Summerell Judge (Christopher) of Cambridgeshire, UK., and a young niece. She was baptized at St. John’s Church in Savannah and was an active communicant at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tallahassee.
Virginia founded and operated Creations Care Pet Sitting in Tallahassee, a faith-centered company based on a social entrepreneur model. Her love of animals came at an early age when she began riding horses and participating in equine therapeutic activities at her childhood home in Centreville, VA. She followed her passion of helping others as a young adult, achieving her B.A. in Therapeutic Horsemanship from St. Andrews Presbyterian College. Virginia worked in therapeutic riding, in veterinary office management and specialized in companion animal nutrition.
Virginia’s faith ran deep, as did her love for the people in her life and the many animals that she cared for. She was smart, dedicated to purposes in life and always welcoming to her fellow man. In her last days, she wrote of her love of God, her devotion to and thanks for family and of well wishes for those she knew would soon be left behind. Her witness to life, here and in Heaven to come, was amazing, brilliant, and inspiring.
Funeral services, at a later date, will be family-only at Greenwich Cemetery in Savannah, as will a memorial service at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tallahassee.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Companion Animal Rescue Endeavor (1881-B N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32303), to St. John’s Episcopal Church (211 N. Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL 32301), or to St. John’s Church (1 West Macon Street, Savannah, GA 31401).
May God now hold her Spirit in the palm of His hand for eternal life.
- Richard, Ann Lutz and family, Savannah , GA
We are so saddened to hear of the loss of your sweet daughter. You and your family are in our prayers.
- Mr. and Mrs. James S. McClellan, Sr., Savannah , Georgia
I am so sorry for your loss. I am very sad that Virginia has passed. Knowing her was a blessing and she was always so positive and inspired me so much. We referred clients to each other over the past few years as I am also a pet sitter. I feel blessed that I got to know such a beautiful person inside and out. You guys are in my thoughts and prayers, Erica
- Erica Eckland , Tallahassee , FL
Kathryn & I are really sorry for the loss of Virginia. We read the post that you shared on FB, what a passion for God and family. You and your family are are in our prayers.
- Frank & Kathryn Murray, Savannah, Georgia
May her memory be eternal.
- Connie and Mick McCay, Sav, GA
Ray, Melanie, Elizabeth, and Carolyn, We are so sorry to hear about Virginia. It has been years but I still remember her strength of will and her smile.
- Deb & Frank Leser, Centreville, VA
We hope you feel God’s presence with your family now and always.
- Melissa and Mike Groover , Savannah, GA
David and Family, I am sorry to hear of Virginia's passing. Her love of God and her compassion for animals will be missed by all. You are all in my prayers.
- Roger Ryals, Tallahassee, Florida
I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family our in my prayers.
- Ashley, Tallahassee, Fl
So sad for your sorrow and loss. Words are so inadequate but know you are loved with an everlasting love and underneath are the everlasting arms
- Doris Cooe, Savannah, GA
I am saddened to hear of the loss of Virginia. She was my friend in college at St. Andrews. You and your family are in my prayers.
- Elanor, Silver Spring, MD
I am so sorry to hear this. Virginia was always such a nice and hardworking person. I always admired her strong faith and she never let anything stop her from achieving her goals. I was fortunate to attend and graduate from St. Andrews with her.
- Amanda Wooten, Savannah, GA
We are so sad to hear about Virginia's passing. We were always so grateful for the care she showed our pets: Kaylee, Clyde, and Kat Middleton. She was a gift. Our family, furbabies included, will miss her dearly. Your family is wrapped in our prayers during this time.
- Brad and Julianne Clayton, Tallahassee, FL
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
- Services Will Be Private