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VIRGINIA BELYEA

Virginia Belyea, age 73, passed away Monday, May 19, 2008 from complications of dementia. She was born on August 14, 1934 to Raul and Virginia Castaneda of Mexico City.

Virginia married Jack Belyea in the summer of 1954 and survived him by less than three months. They were married 53 years.

Virginia worked at the Rice Experiment Station in Biggs for 30 years. She grew up in Mexico City, where she enrolled in secretarial school, enjoyed socializing with friends, and loved to play tennis. She came to live in the United States after marrying Jack, where she learned English and became an American citizen. Virginia was full of life and enjoyed social activities. She loved to play tennis with friends and played up to five times per week most of her life. She was a good seamstress and was always ready to do an alteration for family or friends. She enjoyed dancing, music, going to the casino and her grandchildren.

Survivors include daughters, Liz Belyea of Sacramento, Becky (Dan) Spafford, Ruth (Mike) Wright of Oroville; her grandchildren, Tyler Brandt of Oroville, Lindsay Brandt of Eugene, OR, Chelsea and Nicole Spafford of Oroville.

Services will be held Friday, May 23, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at Scheer Memorial Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Feather River Parks and Rec. for tennis court improvements. 1200 Meyers St., Oroville, CA 95965.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on May 22, 2008
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