July 14, 1919 – August 9, 2011
Our family wishes to announce the peaceful passing of our beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, early Tuesday morning August 9th, 2011 at Stanford Place Residential Care Home in Parksville, B.C.
Virginia was born on July 14th, 1919 in Boise, Idaho. She is survived by her children; Edward (Velma) Higgins of Parksville, B.C., Sharon (Gerry) Bone of Cathedral City, CA, Gregory (Grace) Higgins of Parksville, BC., Susan (John) Harvey of Cathedral City, CA. Grandchildren; Raymond, Theresa, Tracy, Ryan, Sherry, Jayne (Roxy) and her great and special friend and grandson David. Great-grand children; Courtenay, Cassidy, Dylan, Luke, Conner, Angela, and Jason. Sisters; Doris Martin of Yucca Valley, CA, Iris Reiter and Sylvia of Enderby, BC, Beula Schinold, of Elbow SK, Leona of Dawson Creek, BC., special nieces Shirley, Cormier, of Cobble Hill BC, Ginger Woodey of Ellensburg WA, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins in the Canada and U.S.A. She was predeceased by her son Terry in 1975 and her beloved husband Jay in 1987.
After living in the U.S.A. and England in her younger years her family moved to Luesland, Saskatchewan where she married Jay and they ran the family farm. After selling the farm, the family moved to Qualicum Beach in 1947. “Gin” spent many happy years in Parksville, Qualicum and Hilliers where Jay drove school bus and she worked in retail and was a member of various organizations and clubs making many long lasting friends in the Oceanside area. She moved to Victoria in the 80’s where she lived many years doing volunteer work mainly with the BC Royal Museum. She had many friends there and enjoyed quilting and outings with them. Gin enjoyed traveling and travel to Europe, Hawaii and the USA extensively, spending much time in the Palm Springs area with her daughters. “Gin” returned to Parksville in the 90’s to be close to her family and eventually moved into Stanford Place Residential Care home where she took part, when she could, in the various activities there. She made many special friends there.
Thank you to the staff at Stanford Place Residential Care for their kindness and compassion.
No formal funeral service by Gins request. Flowers gratefully declined.