Virginia Allen Breihan

Virginia Allen Breihan, known as Ginny to all who loved her and as Hunny to her grandchildren, 79, died on April 17, 2021. 

She is survived by her husband, William Darden McFarlin; her children, Julie Breihan Monroe and David Allen Breihan; her grandchildren, Jeff White and Virginia White; her brother, Richard Allen, and many family and friends; and was preceded in death by her first husband, Bernard Edward “Ed” Breihan III; and her parents, Virginia and Bolivar Allen. 

Ginny grew up in El Dorado, Ark., often spending summers with her grandmother and family in Marlin, and moved to Houston when she was a junior in high school. She received a bachelor of science degree in 1963 from the University of Texas and married her college sweetheart, Ed, then moved to Dallas. In 2011, she married Darden, and they have had precious and very happy years together.  

The consummate hostess, Ginny loved having her house full of friends and family, always setting a beautiful table and making every occasion special and memorable. She enjoyed reading and the theater; attending lectures at the SMU Tate series, Arts and Letters Live, and Craig Class; and traveling to London, New York, India, and Africa, and many other places around the US and the world. But being at home and at Darden’s ranch made her just as happy.

Ginny read books and news for the Radio for the Blind for many years, was a member of the Dallas Women’s Club, participated in many organizations and social groups, and was actively involved in her Adams and Eves class at church. She loved compiling family histories, and one of her most prized accomplishments was completing a book of her father’s military life and experience and letters home during World War II, a copy of which is in the National WW II museum in New Orleans. 

Ginny was a joy, delight, and comforter to her family and many friends, ones she had since she was in kindergarten and throughout her very full life. She was an extraordinary woman, an adored wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Her beautiful smile, twinkling eyes, sense of humor, her grace and hospitality, and her warmth and care will be missed by all. 

The internment was at Calvary Cemetery in Marlin on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at 11 a.m. A memorial service was held on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at 11 a.m. at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church in Dallas. 

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the North Texas Food Bank or to Lovers Lane United Methodist Church Food Ministry.

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