Virginia Arce


DOTHAN, Ala. -- Virginia Maria Arce, 78, of Dothan, passed away Sunday, May 25, 2014, at Flowers Hospital in Dothan, Ala.

Mrs. Arce was born January 6, 1936, in Cidra, Puerto Rico, and lived there until the age of 18, and moved to Defiance, Ohio, where she lived until 1996, when she moved to Dothan. She married Pedro Juan Arce Sr. on August 9, 1955. She was a homemaker and loved to cook, especially for her family and friends. She was a member of the Bethel Worship Center in Defiance, Ohio.

Mrs. Arce was preceded in death by her parents, Hijinio and Dolores Perez; her husband, Pedro Juan Arce, Sr.; a son, Lionel Arce; a granddaughter, Natalie P. Burns; and brothers, Virgilio Perez, Ismael Perez and Roberto Perez.

Survivors include her daughters, Ruth (Wayne) Green, Lillian (Samuel) Burns, and Luz (Jesus) Perez; her sons, Pedro Juan Arce Jr., Eliud Arce, and Gamaliel Arce; her grandchildren, Caleb Arce, Amanda Johnson, Julia Arce, Ashlee Vandemark, Meghan Dockery, Brandon Green, Derek Green, Ryan Arce, Gamali Arce, Samantha Burns and Gabe Peterson; her great-grandchildren, Michaela Arce, Machenzie Arce, Mason Arce, Kaleb Seth Arce, Cameron Arce, Trinity Thomas, Norah Vandemark, Allie Vandemark, Kendall Vandemark, Graciella Arce, Danielle Pena, Tre Vasquez, Sam Sinkner and Seth Sinker; and godchildren, Javier Pagan, Elizabeth Bruno Sabrino, Nathan Chavez, and Benjamin Silva.

Visitation will be held at Schaffer Funeral Home, in Defiance, Ohio, Saturday, May 31, 2014, from 6-8 p.m. and Sunday, June 1, 2014, from 2-8 p.m., and one hour prior to the services Monday, June 2, 2014. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. at the Defiance Family Christian Center, with Pastor Juan Perez officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery.

Memorials in Virginia's name may be left to the family. Online condolences may be left at

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