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  • Virgie Johanna (McKernan) McGee

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  • Virgie J. McGee passed away Monday, February 25, 2013 at her home. A private family service was held at 2:00 p.m. March 2, 2013 at Siskiyou Memorial Chapel. Father Kelly Vandehey will officiate.
    On a spring day, May 12, 1921, in the small town of Liberty, Neb., Virgie was born seventh of eight children in an Irish Catholic family. Virgie was brunette-haired, blue-eyed, and had two cute dimples that made her the apple of her daddy's eye.
    Virgie found that the farm life she was raised in was not always to her liking. On those days she could be seen riding bareback into the pastures on her favorite horse, Midge. She never failed to tell her children everyone should be raised with a horse, but we never seemed to get one.
    Virgie had more brothers than sisters so she always wanted to be included in their fun. The boys wouldn't let her go swimming with them as it would interfere with their skinny dipping. Her mom wouldn't let her ice skate for fear she would fall through the ice, but her brothers always came back.
    When Virgie graduated from school, she was off to Lincoln, Neb. to attend business school. She soon learned to cook for a houseful of women to earn her way through school.
    After graduation she left for Canby, Calif. where an older sister had started a town cafe. There she met the love of her life, Wendell McGee.
    After a courtship, they married and Wendell went off to World War II. Her family started with the birth of her first child when her husband was overseas. Within several years after her husband's return three more children were born. After living a few years in Burney, Calif. Virgie made her final move to Medford, Ore. to give birth to three more children to complete their family.
    Through the years Virgia raised her family, worked seasonally in pears, and her last job was for a toy train manufacturer for 10 years before she retired to enjoy her home and flowers.
    On their 40th anniversary Wendell surprised Virgie with a trip to Hawaii and thereafter several cruises. Virgie and Wendell had just celebrated 70 years together.
    Virgie left for her heavenly home February 25, 2013, leaving a legacy of seven children, 15 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.
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