Virginia M. Carney Hospice Education Fund

Virginia Miller Carney, daughter of Wilhemina (Jacob) and Joe (Joseph G.) Miller was born and raised in Greensburg. She moved with her husband, James O. Carney to Morristown, IN, in the early 1950’s. There she was a homemaker. She returned to her beloved hometown after Jim’s death in 1974 and pursued a dual career managing her farm and as an investor, though she is most widely remembered by her family for the quilts and Christmas ornaments she made for everyone. She contributed to the Decatur County YMCA where, as an older adult, she most enjoyed the Aqaufit classes with her friends. She also supported the Carousel Play and Learn Childcare Center where her sister, Mrs. Margaret Miller Elder and her niece Diana Springmier were actively involved.  She was also a member of the Greensburg Methodist Church, 50-year member of PEO, member of Lone Tree Chapter DAR, Psi Iota Xi Sorority and the Decatur County Historical Society.

Local philanthropy was a tradition in the Miller family.  So at the end of her long life in Greensburg, Virginia was glad to create the Virginia M. Carney Hospice Education Fund at the Decatur County Community Foundation. Virginia’s daughter, Lela, implemented the fund and it will always remain as a memorial to Virginia and her life.  The family was particularly interested in Hospice using the funds to support staff education in pain management and palliative care at the end of life, as this was the one aspect of Hospice care that Virginia felt had failed her.