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Virginia Marilyn

Virginia Marilyn

Cancilla Choiniere

Of Ashland, Oregon

Virginia was born May 26, 1940, in San Francisco, CA, and passed away on March 20, 2007, at the age of 66. She lived with breast cancer for 20 years. Her transition was peaceful and pain free, as she was surrounded by the love and caring of her devoted husband, David, and many friends, both near and far.

Virginia was born and raised in San Francisco. She graduated from Galileo High School in San Francisco in 1957 as class Valedictorian and editor of the school newspaper. She went on to her BA from SFSU (1966) and her Masters in Social Work from UC Berkeley (1969). Until she retired in 2002, Virginia worked as a Clinical Social Worker at Highland Hospital in Oakland (1969-71); at community Mental Health Centers in Gloucester, Mass. (1972-77); at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Walnut Creek, CA (1981-96); and in private practice counseling (1987-2002).

Throughout her life, Virginia exemplified, in word and deed, a true Feminist; she lived life on her own terms. She had many close and lasting friendships, and helped countless clients during her clinical career. Virginia had a spirit of adventure and was a lover of animals, traveling widely to bird watch and explore. Virginia was most recently a member of the Rogue Valley Peace Choir, the First Congregational Church of Ashland, the Audubon Society, and the Sierra Club.

As her life drew to a close, Virginia continued to live with an open heart and adventurous spirit. She will be missed, as a kind and loving human being. She is survived by her husband, David Teegarden, M.D., step-daughter Sara and step-granddaughter Lotus, her sister, Marlene Spinetta, and nieces and nephews.

Cremation arrangements were done by the Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home on Ashland St. A memorial service will be held on May 13, 2007, at 2P.M. in Lithia Park, in Ashland, OR. Cards may be sent to 1037 Terra Avenue in Ashland, OR, 97520. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marine Mammal Center in Marin County, CA, Physicians for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, The Fund for Animals, or the Audubon Society.

Virginia Marilyn