Virginia Geraldine Gipson, 90, of Castle Rock, Wash., passed away Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, at home.
She was born July 27, 1930, in Butte, Mont., to Guy Abel and Edith Irene (Brown) Walston. When she was young, her family moved to Clarkston, Wash. Virginia was one of nine children. They grew up poor, but she had many fond memories of her childhood, and loved to share them. She graduated from high school in Yakima in 1948. She was introduced to her future husband, Myrle Laverne Gipson, by his brother not long after. She and Myrle were married in Yakima in 1950, and raised three children.
In 1966, they moved to their home in Castle Rock, where Virginia started her career as a janitor for the school district.
Virginia was a sweetheart. She was a good listener, always happy, and never had a negative thing to say about anything except for when it came time for her to cook. Her family remembers her and Myrle's Saturday night Pinochle parties; days spent canning apple sauce, jellies, and jams; snapping beans; and weekend mornings where she'd make a big breakfast and put her Country Music records on the player. She loved bowling, and played on a league with her sister Phyllis at K&M Bowl in Longview.
Virginia joins her husband, Myrle; a son, Mike; a grandson; and six siblings, Lyle, Don, Floyd, Phyllis, Gene, and Guy.
She is survived by two sons, Larry and Randy Gipson; a daughter-in-law, Priscilla Gipson; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; and two siblings, Joanne Peterson and Bobby Walston.
Virginia will be entombed with Myrle at Longview Memorial Park 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, under the direction of Steele Chapel.