Virginia Leona Bednar passed away peacefully September 5, 2013, in Medford, Ore. She had spent the last 26 years living in the Rogue Valley area, having moved here with her husband, Earl Augustus Bednar, from Arcata Calif. Earl passed away at their Medford home, July 2, 1989. Her family were California pioneers of Humboldt County. She was the youngest daughter of George and Leona (Turner) Martin and was born February 1, 1923, in Holmes, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Vernon Allan Martin and Melford Martin, of Holmes Flats, Calif.; sisters, Georgia (Martin) Adams, of Eureka, Calif., and Amanda Martin; her parents; and step-father, William Epping.

She and her husband, Earl, raised three children in Eureka/Arcata, Calif.: Martin MacArthur Bednar, of Marysville Wash., Mary Ellen (Bednar) Reid, of Fairfield, Iowa, and William Earl Bednar, of Medford, Ore. She was the grandmother of Stephanie (Reid) Buckley, of Ashland, Ore.; Tim Reid, of Bellingham, Wash.; Earl Bednar, U.S. Air Force; Erin (Bednar) Smith, of Marysville, Wash; Rachel (Bednar) Nanfito, of Everett, Wash.; Virginia (Bednar) McVey, of Marysville, Wash.; Niki (Bednar) Kuykendall, of Sublimity, Ore.; and Loralin (Bednar) Campbell, of Medford, Ore. She was the proud great-grandmother to 14. Virginia also leaves her long time friends, Leona Blackmarr, of Medford Ore., and Alice Amarant of Arcata, Calif.

Virginia was active in a Birthday Club for over 50 years. She cherished her friends. During the summer with her children, Virginia would set up camp for weeks at a time and her husband would join them on weekends. A favorite family camping trip was Clear Lake, Calif., where the kids learned to love the water, water skiing, fishing, and swimming. Virginia was an inventive cook. She canned pickles and tuna fish and just about everything else. She baked the best chocolate chip cookies in the world using real butter and walnuts that she harvested and shelled from her own tree. Virginia was proud of her awards she earned for 5k walks she won in her 70's and for the fact that she survived breast cancer in her 80's. But the thing she was most proud of was her family. Not one single family event went by without her sending a card or a gift or some kind of acknowledgement.

Virginia's family would like to thank Diane Feskins, a long time friend and neighbor, for being there for Virginia in her last days, the staff at Cloudcrest Foster Home, Medford, Ore., and Skylark Assisted Living of Ashland, Ore.

A celebration of the life of Virginia Leona Bednar will be at the home of her son, Bill Bednar, 2219 E. Main, Medford OR, on the Saturday, September 21, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

When we meet we talk about chocolate chip cookies and

spicy sweet pickles and small perfume bottles and pictures

and pictures of smiling faces.forever in our hearts.