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VIRGINIA THOMAS NYDES Virginia Thomas Nydes passed on very peacefully at her home on December 19, 2013 at the age of 91. Born in Santa Fe, the daughter of Bess Poindexter Gills and Bradley Morris Thomas Sr., Virginia had a scholarly, vibrant and adventurous spirit. She loved to travel and visited almost every country in the world. Always willing and eager to try new things, she rode camels through the Sinai Desert, climbed Moses Mountain, spent the night in the Great Pyramid, walked on the Great Wall of China, and rode elephants through the African Bush to name just a few of her many adventures. Always inspired by her children, she took up both ballroom dancing and scuba diving in her mid-70's. She received her undergraduate pre-med degree from Michigan State University, her graduate degree in Psychology from Columbia University and eventually her PHD in Psychology from Adelphi University. In 1947, she was accepted to Rochester Medical School but chose instead to marry Jule Nydes, live in New York and raise a family. Throughout her life, her pride and joy were her three children, Katherine Nydes, Caroline Ravenfox and David Nydes and her four grandchildren, Dylan Ravenfox, Heather Carbine, Mara Nydes and Lia Nydes. Virginia was also an astute business woman. Approximately 10 years after her husband's death in 1967, she moved back to Santa Fe to help rescue the family real estate business and continued to help it grow and thrive for many years. Always open-minded and interested in learning new things, Virginia studied and became certified in Polarity Therapy, CranioSacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation. Her true passion was her love of spiritual and personal growth. Throughout her life she studied with many well-known and gifted teachers and therapists going on numerous spiritual pilgrimages in the US and abroad. Virginia met the renowned Indian saint Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi) in 1989. She was profoundly influenced by and spent a lot of time with Amma whom she considered to be her Guru and divine mother. For most of her life Virginia was a sophisticated and somewhat quiet woman with a very kind and generous heart. In the last few years of her life, she became very playful and extroverted; singing and talking to everyone. She loved to give large parties that included entertainment by belly dancers, magicians and tarot readers. Inspiring many people, she was deeply loved by family and friends. We miss her very much and invite you to send your blessings and prayers to her as she continues her journey into Love's Light. Virginia will always be in our hearts and in the big beautiful blue skies of New Mexico that she loved so much. Services and a celebration of her life will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 203 Grant Ave, Santa Fe, NM on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Reception to follow at the Santa Fe Convention Center - Lamy Room located across the street from the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Virginia's name to Amma's charities at Berardinelli Family Funeral Service 1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505) 984-8600 Please sign our guestbook for the family at:
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