As secretary to the vice president of coal sales, Virginia True spent many years meeting individuals from South America, Africa, Holland, India and Australia.
"Part of the fun was the people you got to meet," she smiles.
Born on a farm by Cherokee, Virginia attended Pittsburg Business College before going to work for a law firm for five years. She married John Wilson in 1939. He was in the Navy, and she spent two years in San Diego. When he was discharged, they came home to Pittsburg.
In 1950 she joined the staff at McNally's. The company specialized in cleaning, crushing and sizing coal to be used commercially, primarily supplying coal plants and the steel industry. They also built molds for tire companies like Goodyear and had divisions which specialized in making equipment to process coal.
"It was one of the largest in the world," Virginia says.
After the loss of John, Virginia married Ed True, who was the manager of contracts at McNally's. They enjoyed a happy relationship until his death in 1998. Virginia enjoys a warm relationship with Ed's daughter, Ann Danielson, and her son and grandson.
In addition to her 27-year career at McNally's, Virginia kept busy with church work and as a member of the American Business Women's Association.
After Ed's death, Virginia stayed in her home, hiring people to assist her when needed.
"The day Cornerstone Village opened, the people who were helping me said 'you should think about it,'" Virginia says, noting they were among the 1,000 people who turned out for Cornerstone's grand opening. "But I just wasn't ready."
Struggling to get a trash container to the curb one day in August of 2005, Virginia realized she was now ready to consider a move. On Aug. 26, she moved into an apartment at Cornerstone Village, now Via Christi Village in Pittsburg.
"I like the security and I have my independence," she smiles. "I still have my car. But I like not having to dump my trash!"
Virginia says she enjoys the beautiful view from her apartment and has made a lot of new friends.
"This is great," she smiles. "I've got it made."