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Virginia Lucille Dudley


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Virginia Lucille Dudley Obituary
VIRGINIA LUCILLE DUDLEY, 94 passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 2, 2015, in Sun City, Calif. She was born on June 6, 1920 in Peoria, Missouri to parents Charles Duty and Bertha Stevens. Virginia was preceded in death by her husband Richard William Dudley (Bill) and daughter Dianna Lynn Tovatt (Robert Michael Tovatt). She is survived by one daughter, Lee Anne Richardson (Daniel K Richardson), and one step-daughter Sylvia Lee Gunderson (Don Gunderson). She was the proud grandmother (Grandma "Ginny") to 7 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. She was a genuine "Rosie the Riveter", working at McDonnell Douglas in Long Beach during WWII and she had the stories to prove it. Virginia and Bill took up residence in the sleepy town of Seal Beach during the mid 1950s. They designed and built their own house on Dolphin Ave. close to the beach. Their hospitality made the Seal Beach home a central gathering place for friends and family to have a great time. Virginia and Bill followed their retirement dream to Estes Park, Colorado, where they designed and built their home alongside the Big Thompson River Canyon. They enjoyed the Rocky mountain lifestyle for 12 years, fishing the Big Thompson, traveling in their 5th wheel, and entertaining in their scenic home with friends and family. Eventually, the warmer weather, conveniences, and family brought them back home to California. Virginia and Bill put down roots in a new development called "The Farm" (outside Lake Elsinore) and took an active role serving their community on the Welcoming Committee and the Water Board. They thrived at the Farm, entertaining new friends and hosting many great family gatherings and celebrations. (biscuits and gravy anyone ?) Virginia loved crafting and making seasonal decorations (particularly Christmas) and every family member has several of these treasured handmade creations. Her favorite pastimes included line-dancing, playing Bridge, working crossword puzzles, and rooting for her Angel's Baseball team. Virginia was a pure & inimitable "Original" from the Depression era; Fashions and Styles may come and go, but not Virginia. She was like no otherand stayed that way. We will all miss her. Many thanks to the Caregivers at Cherry Hills Club and QualCare Hospice for making Virginia comfortable during her final days of life. There will be a family-only celebration of Virginia's life at a later date TBD.


Published in Press-Enterprise on Apr. 12, 2015
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