Virginia (Ginny) Taylor Archer
November 22, 1950 - February 13, 2018
Sometimes, a person enters this world larger than life. With their whole being they make certain that you know who they are and that they mean business. On November 22, 1950, just such a personality was born. Ginny never met a stranger, was the life of most parties and loved and fought with abandon and passion!
The Taylor family lived in New Jersey until 1967 when Dion W. Taylor Jr., a Pan Am pilot, transferred to the West coast. Wife, Beryl (Treat); son, Dion W. Taylor III (Bill), and Ginny took up residency on London Circle in Medford. Ginny graduated from MSHS and then U of O.
After college, she worked in customer service at Harry & David, where she met her first husband, Mike Archer. Once Ginny and Mike married, they moved to Hawaii. They owned and operated a jewelry gift cart in the International Marketplace in Waikiki for several years and then moved themselves and the business to Lahaina, Maui. She eventually went to work for American Express Travel, which allowed her to indulge in her passion for traveling.
The early ‘90s found Ginny single and living life on Maui. She met Bob Bateman and the two of them quickly became a couple. They continued travelling around the world and had many adventures together including riding elephants in Thailand, Alaska cruises, and revisiting beloved locations in Europe.
When Bob retired, they moved to South Carolina and married. Arriving in SC allowed Ginny to add to her family. Her dogs – from Snoopy, in the ‘70s, to Patches, her last Boxer – were Ginny’s children and she loved them with all her being.
In 2012, Bob suffered a massive stroke, requiring continual care. Ginny refused to move him into a nursing facility. She kept him in their home, cared for by a dedicated group of women who became Ginny’s friends and family, since she was so far away from those she loved. In October 2016, Bob died, leaving Ginny behind to mourn him.
Considering her next move, in January 2017, Ginny traveled to the Rogue Valley for the first time in over a decade and visited family and friends. She also visited cousins on the East coast that she hadn’t seen in many years. Unfortunately, even after those visits, she was unable to make the commitment to relocate closer to those she held dear.
Late in January 2018, Ginny fell ill and unbeknown to us, she was much sicker than we knew. She passed away February 13, 2018 of several severe and chronic illnesses. Per her wishes, a portion of her ashes and Bob’s, were combined and forwarded to Maui to be scattered by her friends there.
Missing her are her brother, Bill and his wife, Teri; niece, Gina; nephew, Dion IV; great-nieces, Kylie, Malia, and Journey; and great-nephew, Maddox. Also missing her antics and phone calls are friends, Patti, Joni, and Melinda, as well many others here, there and everywhere.
Predeceasing Ginny to her version of a safe and happy haven were her mother and father; her niece, Alexa Taylor; her husband, Bob Bateman; and long-time friend, Kathy Dickey Villa. Those of us left behind have cherished memories and pictures of the woman who lived, loved and laughed. May her light shine bright when we take time to visit those moments in time. Ginny-Never to be forgotten! Loved forever and always!