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Patton, Virginia star of A Wonderful Life died aged 97

Actor Virginia Patton, who was starring in It’s A Wonderful Life, passed away.



A 97-year-old Virginia Patton has passed away.

The ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ actress – who played Ruth Dakin Bailey in the 1946 comedy classic – is said to have passed away at an assisted living facility on August 18 in Albany, Georgia.

Mathews Funeral Home announced the death of the Hollywood actor.

Virginia’s costar Karolyn Grimes has been in the forefront of tributes.

On Facebook, she penned: “Angel number two has arrived! Moss, Virginia Patton. In terms of years, she was 97. Her relationship with her cherished Cruse has now been mended. Our hearts go out to her family and friends.”

Virginia graduated from Jefferson High School in Portland, where she was born, and then moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio in June 1925.

After appearing in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” the actress went on to star in “The Burning Cross” in 1947 and “Black Eagle” in 1948.

Her final film appearance was in 1949’s “The Lucky Stiff,” and she left the industry in the 1940s to focus on her family.

She married Cruse W. Moss, an executive at a car company, in 1949, and the couple stayed together for nearly seven decades, during which time they produced three children.

In 2018, however, he passed very suddenly.

Virginia left the entertainment industry to serve as a docent at the University of Michigan Museum of Art and as president and director of real estate and investment firm Patton Corp.

The successful entrepreneur was General George S. Patton’s niece.