Virginia Gordon Fiske Marshall

Ginny lost her battle with cancer on March 1, 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland, where she lived for the last ten years with Claude Marshall. Up to the end, whenever she was awake, she remained her open, loving self, responding with joy to all who were able to visit, even as she had increasing difficulty speaking. Memorials have been held in both Santa Barbara and Geneva.

Ginny was born in the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in 1950. After graduating from Stanford University and earning her RN at Boston University, she worked in Boston, Toronto, and San Francisco, returning many years later to Santa Barbara, where she continued her concentration in pediatric nursing, eventually specializing in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit. Aside from the many friends she made through her profession, she had an open, sincere, caring, and gregarious way about her that led to friendships with whomever she encountered, wherever she went.

Gifts honoring Ginny's memory may be made to The Santa Catalina School (1500 Mark Thomas Drive, Monterey, CA 93940-5291), or to the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Foundation (Advancement Dept., Cottage Health System, P.O. Box 689, Santa Barbara, CA 93102-0689). Please include a notation that your gift is in memory of Virginia Marshall so that it can be properly acknowledged.

Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from May 9 to May 13, 2013