Virginia Wave Akins

Virginia Wave Akins, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great- and great-great grandmother, went home to be with her Lord Jesus on June 6, 2010.

Wave was born to Nora and Mills Campbell in Summersville, Mo., October 1, 1915. She attended Summersville High School and Teacher College in Springfield Mo. It was while at college that she met and married Nolan Troy Akins on Oct. 1, 1936. Together they made their home in Houston, Mo., where they had two children, Virginia Colleen and Nolan Don Akins.

Wave enjoyed her years as Deputy Clerk of Deeds at Texas County Courthouse, followed by 20 years of selling real estate. This was quite an accomplishment because she is listed as the first female in Texas County to hold a Real Estate license. It was this accomplishment that entitled her to do what she so loved and that was introduce people to the beauty of Texas County, the land that held her heart. Throughout her life, Wave passed along her passion of the great outdoors, her love of the beauty of wildflowers and birds. Her gardens, an enrichment to those who beheld them, were a display of the wonderful beauty she saw throughout nature.

At the age of 12, Wave made her decision to become a member of the Methodist Church of Summersville, where she was later baptized at Jack’s Fork River. Nolan and Wave became members of the Methodist Church of Houston after they were married. It was there where she served for many years as Sunday School teacher and Methodist Youth Fellowship leader. Many will not only remember the important stories she told at church but also how she taught so many the importance of swimming while at Dog’s Bluff.

Wave is survived by her daughter, Colleen Tengler, and son-in-law, Terry Tengler, of Spring, Texas. Colleen’s children are Kelly Hutchinson, her husband, Chris, and their two children, Leslie and Blake Hutchinson, all of Houston, Texas and Chris Tengler and his wife, Debi Tengler, and their two children, Lauren and Christopher Tengler; and Wave’s great-great grandchild Saige Elizabeth, all of the Bellville, Texas area. Colleen and Terry’s son, Conrad Tengler, lives in Chattanooga, Tenn., with his wife, Elizabeth.

Kym Akins, Nolan Don’s wife, and two children, McKenzie and Coby Akins, reside in Canby, Ore.

Wave was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 65 years, Nolan Akins; their baby girl, Carolyn; and son, Nolan Don.

A celebration of Wave’s life will be held 10 a.m. June 11 at Houston United Methodist Church with Pastor Tom Tomlinson officiating. The visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday June 9 at Evans Funeral Home. Burial will be in Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Houston United Methodist Church.

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