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Virginia Jean Fraser January 14, 1925 - November 29, 2012 Virginia Jean Fraser, formerly of Novato, passed away in Petaluma surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, November 29, 2012. Although in poor health for the past few years, she retained her spirit and humor until the end and, even though confined to a hospital bed at home, "presided" at the head of a table of twenty for Thanksgiving Dinner just a week earlier. Ginny, as she preferred to be called, was born January 14, 1925 in Olathe, Kansas to the late George and Florine Worden of Novato, and attended Stephen's College in Missouri. She spent several years in Europe after the war, and she, her younger sister Georgie and their friend Ken bicycled around the continent and attended the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki. In 1953 Ginny married John Merton Fraser at the Hamilton Air Force Base Chapel and proceeded to have seven children: Michele, triplets Kerri, Kirk and Kent, April, Michael and Stacey. After being stationed in the Philippines, the family returned to Novato and opened an import shop in the Sausalito Village Fair. Ginny later worked at Levi Strauss in SF and was selected as one of 40 employees to represent the company at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. She remained friends with much younger Levi colleagues, and her friends Sue Nakamura (who flew in from Hawaii) and Mike Miles recently visited Ginny to share old memories and say goodbyes. Ginny somehow found time, even as a single Mom of seven, to volunteer, read, do crosswords, knit, try new recipes, teach herself French and travel some. Her son Mike, who moved to Petaluma to help take care of her, had taken her on numerous cruises to Alaska and elsewhere, which brought her a lot of joy. Ginny loved animals, music, good books, cheese, chocolate, the Giants, Obama, the Coast and the Redwoods. She was deeply loved by her children and they all rallied to help care for her in her declining months. In addition to her children, she is survived by her sister Georgie Reardon of Ohio, seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren, and her special buddy, Rufus the dog. Ginny had a long, full and wonderful life with many friends. Ginny's family extends special thanks to the exceptional Dr. Dan White of Kaiser, whom she adored, and also to Hospice of Petaluma for their extraordinary support, comfort, care and guidance. At her request, services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Hospice of Petaluma, 416 Payran Street, Petaluma, CA 94952.
Published in Marin Independent Journal on Dec. 9, 2012
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