Virginia Shadwick, 79, of Goldendale passed away peacefully in her sleep Friday, Aug. 4, 2006, at her home.
Virginia was born Sept. 20, 1926 in Outlook to Iva and George Perrin. She was blessed with nine brothers and sisters. Her early years were spent farming, where helping to milk 80 cows was one of many daily chores. She received her education from the Wanita School District. She met her husband to be, James A Shadwick, in the fall of 1942. Their first date was on her 17th birthday. Love blossomed and they were married on Jan. 30, 1943 in Grandview.
During her long life, she waitressed and was the head cook at Eastern Oregon State College. She owned and operated the La Grande Health Food Store for 14 years in La Grande, Ore. with her husband, before leaving the area to come to Washington state.
Never one to be idle, she was very active in the local grange nearly all her life and was grange master for four years. She was also very active within the Goldendale Nazarene Church, and working with the Widowed Persons Organization.
Virginia was a very caring and loving partner, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, not only to her own family but also to many of the people she adopted out of love and kindness. During her time in this world she had three children, who in turn had children of their own. She lived long enough to have a great-great-grandson.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, James Shadwick Sr. of Goldendale; her three children, Marlene Bahner of Vancouver, James Shadwick Jr. of Nampa, Idaho, and Judi Smasne of Grandview; one brother, Ivan Perrin of Hermiston, Ore.; two sisters, Ilene Dion and Marjorie Bleyhl, both of Sunnyside; 10 grandchildren, 10 great- grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild; as well as many people who she adopted, all of whom she considered family of the heart.
She is leaving all of us who love her and miss her, to join those of her family who have gone before her. We the family, want to extend our heartfelt thanks to the home health nurses for the care of Virginia during her time of need. The family would also like to thank Helen Smasne for her loving support, care and dedication to Virginia and Jim.
Helen, we love you.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Aug. 10, 2006, at 10 a.m. at Erdman Funeral Home Chapel in Goldendale with graveside services to be held at 2 p.m. at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside.