Virginia Bell Nesbitt

Virginia Bell Nesbitt, 100, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, in Harrisonburg, Va. She was a former teacher and genealogist. For much of her career Mrs. Nesbitt taught English and foreign languages in public schools in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Virginia. Her interest in American history eventually led her to the full-time pursuit of genealogy. She assisted families in researching their histories and published genealogies detailing her own maternal and paternal lines. Mrs. Nesbitt was born in Blairsville, Pa. and grew up in Wilkinsburg, a suburb of Pittsburgh. She was a 1930 graduate of Muskingum College in Ohio. In 1935 she married Robert Nesbitt, whose career as an engineering geologist eventually took them to the Washington D.C. area, where Mr. Nesbitt was chief geologist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. While living in Alexandria, Mrs. Nesbitt taught at Mount Vernon High School. The couple moved in 1986 to the Sunnyside Retirement Community in Harrisonburg, where Mr. Nesbitt died in 1990. Mrs. Nesbitt was a member of the Society of Mayflower Descendants, the Massanutten chapter of NSDAR and the National Genealogical Society. She was an affiliate member of the First Presbyterian Church of Harrisonburg. In her later years she was an avid solver of crossword puzzles and cryptograms. Her skill at Scrabble and other board games, even while in her 90's, was inspirational to her family and friends. She is survived by two sons, Hadly of Medford, Ore. and Hugh of Lyndhurst, Va; as well as a grandson, Scott; and a great-grandaughter, Callie, of Richmond, Va. A memorial service was held Dec. 18, 2009, in Meredith Chapel, at Sunnyside Retirement Community, in Harrisonburg, with burial at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sunnyside Fellowship Fund, 600 University Blvd. Suite L, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.