Obituary: Virginia Wolfe

vwolfeMay 25, 1918 – June 5, 2012

Bend Water Pageant Queen 1935

Virginia “Ginny” was destined to live life as she saw it, mostly in interesting ways that we envied. She was a strong-willed girl who was fortunate to have parents that loved, and encouraged her to find her own path.

Born May 25 1918, in Muskogee, Oklahoma, to Greek and Lillian Beaston, they moved to Bend, Oregon soon after, where she was raised by her mother, and stepfather, Bill Anderson. She was athletic, and loved the game of tennis. After graduation from Bend High, she attended finishing school in Seattle, before graduating from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Ginny’s beauty, and outgoing personality, were instrumental in her being elected Queen of the Bend Water Pageant in 1935.

She met and married the love of her life, Jake Wolfe in 1945. Jake was an Iowa boy, fresh home from the war. During the course of their 51 years together, they raised three children, Kim, Scott, and Marcia, who were with her at her time of passing in La Quinta, California, June 5, 2012. At one time she ran the Keystone Trailer park, helped start WB Anderson Trailer & Marine Sales, and was a strong supporter of Jake’s decision to found The Bank of the Cascades. Jake passed in 2001. He, equally supported her desire to open The Copper Room fine dining restaurant and bar, loving the experience and its patrons, becoming “Ginny” to all. They traveled the world in their later years and never stopped having fun while enjoying the spectacle of life and nature.

Her passing was a beautiful time, with her children at her side, holding her hand, with the strains of Amazing Grace in the background. Her dog “Woof” gave her one last kiss, and she slipped away.

Virginia Wolfe

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