Virginia "Ginny" Atwater

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Virginia "Ginny" Atwater took an angels hand and entered her new home in heaven on March 20, 2013 – just days before her 98th birthday - at Hospice Family Care in Peoria, AZ. She was born to John & Mabel Ruhe on April 2, 1915 in Woonsocket, SD.
She graduated from Watertown SD High School. She enjoyed playing the piano and playing tennis. She was South Dakota state tennis champion for two years. She attended college at the University of South Dakota where she received at BA in education. While there she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority and served as their president. In 2010 she became a member of the Diamond Arrow Society for 75 years of membership.
In 1940, she married E.L. "Bud" Engler. They lived in Rapid City, South Dakota where she worked as a housewife, raising two daughters, playing bridge, shopping and making a lot of friends. In 1957, the Benedictine Nuns asked if she wouldn't be their Admissions Director at St. John's School of Nursing, a position she held for 17 years. She remained in touch with the Nuns and thought of them as her dear friends.
After the death of her first husband in 1978, she married Lloyd Atwater. They spent their retirement years between Rapid City and Arizona enjoying travel, playing golf, and the company of family and friends.
Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, her brother Jack, and her precious daughter Laurie.
As a widow, she made many new friends, became an avid reader and became accomplished on the organ. She was a woman noted for her quick smile. She loved life and led it in such an honorable way. She was very passionate about her family and a loyal friend who will be missed by so many.
She is survived by her daughter Catherine & son-in-law Don Breiby of Sun City, AZ, grandson E.J. Breiby (Jane) of Lexington, MA., granddaughter McKenzie Dinco (Jared) of Prescott Valley, AZ., great-grandchildren Taylor & Elizabeth Breiby & Brady, Colby, & Blake Dinco, stepdaughters Joanne (Atwater) Hall of Camano Island, WA ., Mariellen (Atwater) Burdsall & husband Tom of Vero Beach, FL., stepson Tom Atwater of Vero Beach, FL, and many other extended family members.
A memorial in her honor is planned at a later date in Rapid City, SD.
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Published in Daily News-Sun on Mar. 28, 2013