Vergie Virginia Singleton Russell, daughter of Frederick and Ella Phoenix Singleton was born in Springboro, Ohio on May 18, 1909. At the age of three years old, Virginia moved with her family to Lebanon, Ohio. Virginia was enrolled in the Cradle Roll of Bethel A.M.E. Church. Early in life she joined the Church and became active in the Sunday school and the Junior Choir. Later she joined the Senior Choir, and was one of the lead sopranos. She was part of Bethel’s Sextet and the Singleton Sisters, who performed on the Radio.
Her early life was spent in Lebanon, Ohio where she received her education in the Lebanon Public School district. Virginia was united in marriage to Ulysses Russell.
She moved to Dayton, Ohio where she was gainful employed by Man Power and the Federal Government at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.
In 1968, she moved to Brooklyn, New York where she made her home and then returned to Lebanon.
She will always be remembered for her jovial disposition, for her ability to dream new words and give them meaning, in the many little rhymes she composed.