Virginia L. Godwin, 75, a resident of Washington for more than 50 years, an employe of the Agriculture Department for 20 years, and an employe of a senior citizens lunch program for 16 years, died Thursday at D.C. General Hospital. She had been suffering from a heart condition.
Mrs. Godwin was born near Culpeper, Va. She moved to Washington when she was about 20. She graduated from the old Dunbar High School after attending night classes there and later attended Howard University for two years.
She began working for Agriculture in the mid-1930s and retired in 1957. About 1960, she began working with a lunch program for senior citizens at the John Wesley Methodist Church in Washington. The program was under the auspices of the Urban League. She retired a second time in 1976.
Mrs. Godwin was a member of the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington and had been a Sunday school teacher there. She also had been a leader in the churchhs Baptist Training Union, an adult Bible class.
She was one of the founders of the Pride of Washington Tent No. 519 of the women's branch of the Odd Fellows and a member of the Queen of Sheba Chapter No. 2 of the Eastern Star.
Survivors include a daughter, Ida Towns, and a son, Ellis Godwin, both of Washington; two sisters, Edvinia Holmes and Mamie Lewis, and two brothers, James and Paul Thompson, all of Culpeper, Va.; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.