Virginia Anderson

Halfway, 1932-2019

Virginia May Anderson, 86, of Halfway, beloved mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, died Jan. 26, 2019, and joined her beloved husband, Leo.

A traditional funeral service and celebration of her life will take place Friday, Feb. 8, at 11 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints in Halfway. Interment and dedication of the grave will follow at the Pine Haven Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family after the interment for a reception at the church.

The second of six siblings, Virginia was born on July 5, 1932, to William A. and Emma E. Jeffers. On April 8, 1950, she married Leo D. Anderson at Chadron, Nebraska. Life proved to be an adventure in the early years of her marriage to Leo. His career as a heavy equipment operator moved the family throughout the west, including Alaska, before settling in Danville, California.

California always held a special place in Ginnie’s heart. Lifelong friendships were created while raising her children. The closeness she nurtured with dear neighbors, fellow church members and cherished extended family is felt to this day.

Retirement brought them to 20 acres in Halfway, where their twilight years were spent traveling, gardening and bonding with grandchildren. After Leo’s passing in 1997, Ginnie embraced the challenge and managed the homestead alone for more than 20 years.

Ginnie showed her love through service. Whether serving her family or her church, making others feel comfortable and content gave her great joy. We will all be forever grateful for her sacrifices and she will be greatly missed, her family said.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Gaye and Dennis Bledsoe of Halfway; her son and daughter-in-law, Eric and Julie Anderson of The Woodlands, Texas; her grandchildren, Jared Bledsoe, Amber Gereke, Alayna Weimer, Lisa Vorwaller, Rebecca Despain and Olivia Anderson; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Ginnie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leo; and her infant son, Randall Wade.

Her family would like to expressly thank Heart ’N Home Hospice, specifically Vanessa, Hilary, Frankie and Mary, whose loving care provided such beautiful physical, emotional and spiritual comfort to Ginnie and her family during her final months.

For those who would like to make a memorial donation in memory of Ginnie, the family suggests either the LDS Charities or the Pine-Eagle Education Foundation through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Online condolences may be made at www.tamispinevalleyfuneral