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Virginia 'Ginnie' Fay Richards

Virginia "Ginnie" Fay Richards, 82 years old, passed away May 26, 2012, at the Rogue Valley Medical Center, after her courageous, three-week fight against pneumonia.

Virginia Fay Blalock was born in Seminole, Okla., July 3, 1929, to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Blalock. Ginnie met Thurmon Richards while she was in high school; they were married September 13, 1947. "Tude," as her father dubbed her, and as she was known by her family, gave birth to three children, Sharon, Cleta, and Gary.

The family moved to California in 1962. Ginnie worked for Icore Plastics for five years to supplement the family's income while they finished raising their children.

Ginnie was an excellent wife and mother, and a very gifted homemaker. She was an excellent seamstress. Anyone who ever sampled her pies, cakes, canned pickles, homemade bread, jellies, and jams never forgot the excellence and love she put into her baking and cooking. Her house was always kept spotless and in perfect order; she had excellent organizational skills.

Thurmon and Ginnie moved to Southern Oregon in 1975. They were involved in motorcycle clubs and Corvette clubs, donating time to countless charity events. They enjoyed their church, New Song, of Medford, Ore., and enjoyed the Sundays their son and daughters led worship. Ginnie and Thurmon enjoyed country music and western dancing (what a pair!). Those who spent any length of time with Ginnie usually fell in love with her, including the people who cared for her in her last days.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thurmon; and her grandson, Tyler Wayne Richards.

She leaves behind her daughters, Sharon Delisle (Dennis), of Morgan Hill, Calif., Cleta Charles, of Medford, Ore.; her son, Gary Richards (Brenda), of Medford, Ore.; four granddaughters, Annette Delisle, of Florida, Kendra MaGee (Matt), of Portland, Ore., Tuesday Richards, and Erin Charles, of Portland, Ore.; one grandson, Dennis Delisle Jr. (Lori), of San Jose, Calif.; and seven great-grandsons.

She also leaves behind her brother, Weldon Blalock, of Oklahoma; brother and sisters-in-law, Betty Winningham, of Central Point, Ore., Dick and Marie Martin, of Talent, Ore., Tom and Patti Richards, of Central Point, Ore., and Johnnie and Jan Richards, of Medford, Ore.; and numerous nieces and nephews and their spouses.

A celebration and memorial of her life will be held for Ginnie at New Song Church, 4041 Crater Lake Avenue, Thursday, May 31, 2012, at 3:00 p.m., officiated by Pastor Dan Mickelson. All who loved her are invited to celebrate her life with us.

Virginia 'Ginnie' Fay Richards