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Virginia L. Anderson

June 9, 1932 ~ January 5, 2019 (age 86)

Virginia MacDonald was born during the Great Depression to Andrew Eugene MacDonald and Ruth Ziem MacDonald.  Her mother hailed from a German-American family in Alpena, Michigan and her father was a Scottish-American from Detroit.  She had an older sister, Shirley and a younger brother Drew, whom she adored.  She was her "Daddy's Girl" and spent much of her time following him around, doing whatever he was doing.  

She was an excellent student and developed an eagerness to pursue a career in teaching and school administration.  While teaching 5th grade and working toward her Ph. D. from Michigan State, she met her husband David on a blind date in Livonia, Michigan.  They were soon married, and she moved to California and spent the next chapter of her life as a school teacher, a military wife and mother.

She and David raised two children, Peggy and Eric.  Ginny was actively involved in their education and youth activities.  She was a Little League Team Mom and scorekeeper and a Girl Scout Cookie Chairperson.  She was devoted to her children's well-being and happiness, sharing in their successes and setbacks alike.  As a teacher, Ginny could be found late into the nights and on weekends developing lesson plans, grading papers and decorating her classroom.  During the summers she would teach children of Spanish-speaking farm laborers in San Joaquin Valley.

Following their retirements Ginny and David relocated to Anacortes, Washington.  While living there she enjoyed the beautiful scenery, ample seafood, camaraderie of new friends and neighbors and the good fortune of finding several bridge groups to continue her lifelong passion.

Viriginia Anderson lived a wonderful life, full of achievement, fantastic adventures and service to others.  She had a warm and witty personality, a vivid memory, an inquisitive mind and a caring soul.  She always looked for the best in others and she always offered the best of herself. 

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