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Virginia Bowles Dewey

1922 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Virginia Bowles Dewey Obituary
Virginia "Ginny" Dewey, Rancho Santa Fe resident for 65 years, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on May 19, 2014.
Virginia was born August 5, 1922, in Pasadena at the El Mirador Ranch to Potter and Margery Hoffman Bowles. She lived some of the time in Pasadena and spent her high school years in New Canaan, Connecticut, coming back to summer at the family house in Emerald Bay, Laguna Beach.
She met her future husband, David, in kindergarten in Pasadena. They were married January 1943 when second lieutenant David B. Dewey Jr., was an instructor pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps. After WWII, Ginny and David moved to Rancho Santa Fe where David worked at Convair in San Diego as an aeronautical engineer and Ginny raised their seven children.
Ginny loved hiking the High Sierras (summiting Mt. Whitney more than once), camping in Baja, body surfing at 25th St. in Del Mar and traveling the world. She flew co-pilot with David in single engine airplanes, raised her many dogs, played tennis, read voraciously and was an accomplished knitter and needlepointer. Ginny taught both tennis and piano. She worked at her beloved RSF Library and Guild for about 30 years, reluctantly retiring only two years ago. Patrons always knew she would recommend the "nice" books. She was a faithful member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Rancho Santa Fe for 65 years.
Ginny is survived and deeply missed by her seven children, David Dewey III (Lynn McLaren) of Santa Cruz Island, Diane (Bill) Gow of Sandpoint, Idaho, William (Anne) Dewey of Santa Barbara, Lee Dewey of San Marcos, Robert Dewey (Cristina Ruffini) of San Diego, Nora Dewey of RSF, and Andrew (Cathy) Dewey of Carmel Valley; and her five grandchildren.
The family would like to thank Elizabeth Hospice of Escondido and Ginny's fellow church members for their loving attention these past few weeks. And a special thanks to her caregivers, Anna Martinez, Melissa Nickell and Kathy Walker, who were more than caregivers, but part of the family.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like any donations be sent to Rancho Coastal Humane Society, the Pacific Crest Trail Association, and the Nature Conservancy. No services are planned.
Published in the Rancho Santa Fe Review on May 29, 2014
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