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Virginia Dale Roudebush
April 8, 1930-Jan. 5, 2019

Submitted by Linda Roudebush
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Virginia Dale Roudebush “Ginnie” passed away at her longtime residence in Woodside, CA on Saturday January 5th, 2019. She was 88 years old and surrounded by loved ones including her faithful golden retriever Barkley. Virginia was born in Klamath Falls OR. Parents Henry and Anne Pahland moved to California and had brother William Pahland, who survives Virginia, along with his wife Margaret. In 1936 the family moved to Redwood City. While attending John Gill School Virginia met her oldest and best friend Audrey “Mickie” Hale. Virginia graduated Sequoia Union High School in 1948, with best friend Claire Norris. Claire met “Uncle Jack” Roudebush, and introduced Virginia to his brother Donald Roudebush. It was love at first sight and best friends married brothers! Donald and Virginia were together for 50 years until Don’s passing in 1999. Virginia and Donald are together again. Paso Robles and San Miguel CA always held special memories for Virginia. Beginning at the age of 4 she spent “summers on the ranch” with her Aunts Emma Linn (favorite Uncle Othello) and Mary Blechen (Uncle George). She loved the memories and area so much she purchased Aunt Mary’s home, which provided opportunities to visit her cousins who survive her; Carl Linn, Dick and Don Hoffmann. Her last road trip was a visit to her cousins at the Linn Ranch, to check on “Aunt Mary’s House”, and to pay her respects at San Miguel Cemetery where her parents, as well as Grandparent’s Frieda Regina and Christian Hoffmann, are laid to rest. Before starting a family, Virginia worked at AMPEX for 10 years. She desperately wanted to start a family and asked God for 4 children. Her prayers were answered, and over the course of the next 10 years, Stephen Henry, David Joseph, Lisa Anne and Linda Lee were born. Virginia is survived by all four children as well as her grandchildren; Kris, Chelsea, Kurt, Regina and Anthony Joseph. Time with children and grandchildren were cherished. Virginia always told us that family was the most important part of life. Virginia not only loved children, she loved animals, and before she and Donald were able to start a family, they had horses, dogs and cats. Stray kids and animals were forever finding their way to our Mom, and she fed and cared for all of them. Her father Henry was a Mason, so she joined Job’s Daughters, she was member of the RWC Women’s Club, she loved to play basketball and tennis, hike and work on her parents property in West Point, CA. She thoroughly enjoyed playing bridge, pinochle and cribbage with friends and family. Her father instilled in Virginia a strong work ethic and the importance of saving money. She managed her family and property with great pride. She loved California history and her goal was to see as much of it as she could in her lifetime. She insisted we visit all 21 California Missions when Regina was in grade school. She loved cruises, national parks, small historic towns, and any place warm (Photo Maui 2017).

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Memorial service
Virginia was a charter member of Messiah Lutheran Church and a Celebration of Life for our Mom, Grandma, Sister, Aunt, Cousin and Friend will be held on Saturday January 19th, 2019 at 12 noon in a private ceremony.
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Donations in Virginia’s memory can be made to Messiah Lutheran Church 1835 Valota Road Redwood City CA 94061 or to Heartland Hospice 2005 De La Cruz Blvd. #271 Santa Clara CA 95050.

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