Virginia Lee Steinmetz
1950 - 2020
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March 8, 1950 ˜ June 23, 2020

Virginia Steinmetz, a Vancouver, Washington resident of 20 years, died of a pulmonary embolus on June 23, 2020 at Regional Medical Center in Kingman, Arizona. Born March 8, 1950 in Los Angeles, California, the oldest of three daughters of Captain and Mrs. Ronald Drake Morin, US Navy of Auburn, California. Virginia traveled quite extensively in the early years, to include Virginia, Hawaii, Alaska, and Washington D.C. She graduated from First Colonial High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Virginia’s first job was at the Cavalier Beach and Cabana Club in Virginia Beach, one of the Grand Hotels on the East Coast. Furthermore, she was trained as a medical assistant and later as a florist doing everything from a roadside stand to assisting the Rainbow Girls at the Rose Parade in Pasadena as she loved flowers.
Virginia married her loving and devoted husband of 24 years Marine Corps Staff Sargent David Wayne Steinmetz of Vancouver, WA on April 13, 1996 who provided a wonderful life for her. She and David moved to Golden Valley, AZ in 2013 to fulfill their dream of owning a beautiful place for her horses.
Virginia was a woman of many avid interests including beading, jewelry making, disability rights and advocacy, and resume writing for military veterans who were transitioning to the civilian field. Additionally, she enjoyed hunting and gun collecting with her husband, collecting Hallmark® Christmas ornaments including their rocking horse series, and anything Disney. Horses were her absolute passion for as long as she could walk. G.T. Mariner, her purebred Arabian gelding, was with her for 28 years, followed by numerous other horses, dogs, cats, and birds that she would rescue. Countless happy memories were made with all of the animals she rescued and loved. She was a groomer, breeder, trainer, rider, and showman winning numerous awards. She was a member of the California and Oregon Order of the Eastern Star, Order of the Amaranth as well as parent, volunteer, and chaperone for the International Order of the Rainbow Girls in California and Oregon.
A life well lived, she is survived by her father, Captain Ronald D. Morin, USN(R) of Auburn, CA; her husband, David W. Steinmetz of Golden Valley, AZ, her daughters Melanie L. Robinson, of Arlington, VA, Mary K. Sperry (Brian), of Lakeside, CA, Shannon M. Skirm, of Santee, CA and Katie C. Koppes, (Eric), of Camas, WA, her five grandchildren: Christopher (22), Rebecka (18) Madison (16), Natalie (16) and Jackson (13).
Virginia leaves behind her sister, Nancy E. Morin (Jeff Teal) of Auburn, CA; niece Janessa Morin-Teal; her nephews Trevor Womack (Robyn) of Reno NV and their children: Dillon, Rylie, and Alli; Justin Womack of Reno, NV; her uncle David Chester Griffith, Jr. of Woodland Hills CA, and her Griffith cousins John, Bill, Ken, Steve, Marilyn, Lorraine, and their children.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Mary Griffith Morin, and her cousin Kathy Griffith Greene. Her sister Linda M. Morin joined her in heaven three days later on June 26, 2020. We love you Mom; you will be in our hearts always and forever.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls California Jurisdiction; Lemon Grove Assembly in Virginia’s name OR to the Arabian Horse Association in Vancouver, WA. There are no services scheduled at this time due to COVID-19.
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Published in The Columbian on Jul. 9, 2020.
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July 10, 2020
Mom, I miss you already. I cant find words to describe how valuable you were to me. I miss your smile, laughter, your advice (ok - so I didn't always take it, ha), your sarcastic jokes, and your love for all animals especially horses. I can envision you happily riding around on Mariner with Grandma Morin and Aunt Linda and smiling down on all of us. We are so incredibly lucky to now have a new guardian angel.

I hope heaven is beautiful; that its everything you imagined it would be. I look back at the days you were with us and cant help myself from crying. Thank you for being a lovely Horsie Grandma to Madison and Jackson. And how cool is it that Jackson shares the same birthday as you and you were there to witness it and Madison received her first riding lessons with you.

From sunrise to sunset, every moment would have been more wonderful if you were with us today. Your memories will never be forgotten. I love you always and forever. Your little girl, Katie Colleen Koppes.
Katie Colleen Koppes
July 10, 2020
Yesterday I felt okay, I smiled when I thought of you. I remember happy times and the funny things you'd do. But today I feel so very sad and think of you and cry, missing you so very much and asking that question, Why? I don't know what will happen when I face another day, will I sit and cry or will I be okay? So now when I wake in the morning I make sure to say, Although you've walked through Heaven's gate, we are never far apart, for every time I think of you, you'll be right here with- in my heart. Love you, "Virgie". Your Lil' Sister
Nancy Elizabeth Morin
July 9, 2020
Jenny very well may be the toughest woman I have ever met! Yet one of the most compassionate and loyal friends I have had. I will truly miss her, and oh watch out Heaven, you gotta real firecracker on her way up!
James Fella
July 9, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Edward Steinmetz
July 9, 2020
"Ms. Ginny" was one of the strongest women I've known. Her compassion for animals & the love she has for her family and friends is immeasurable. She will truly be missed
Cameron Jonea
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