Virginia Mae "Ginger" Hansen
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May 30, 1931 ~ March 22, 2018

A Life Celebration will be held on June 2, 2018 at the Grange in La Center, WA from 1-3pm. All are welcome and we would be pleased to have you attend.
Donations in the memory of Virginia Hansen can be made to La Center library at
Virginia is survived by her children Peter (Patti) and Barbara Harrington; her nieces and nephews Peggy Jo and Jim (Barbara) Hansen, Linda, Don (Toni) and Glen (Sylvia) Kaptonovich and her grandchildren Gabrielle Harrington, Rori (Jessie) Jones, Tyson (Tanya) Knigge, Kandis (Dallas) McEllrath and many great grandchildren.
Virginia was born and lived in Camas, WA, with her brothers Joe and Ben and sisters Amy, Lorene and Peggy.
She attended Clark College and graduated from Oregon State University. She began her teaching career in California and in the early 1960's moved to the farm in Ridgefield, WA and continued teaching eventually retiring from Ridgefield High School. After retiring she moved to La Center and was very active volunteering her time with the La Center Library and Ridgefield Plank house to name a few. She enjoyed participating in garden, bunco and friendship clubs. Virginia was a farm girl at heart and loved to be with her family, help her friends, take care of her animals, garden, and bake. When visiting, you most often left with food or a plant. She was a Mother and role model to many and a Friend to all.
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Published in The Columbian on May 6, 2018.
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May 24, 2018
I first met Virgina thru and ad I put in the newspaper. My girlfriend Margaret Colf Hepola decided we would put a Library in our town of La Center. Margaret asked me how are we going to have this work? I said I will put in Ad saying we are forming a group called "Friends of the LC Library" and we will see who shows up that also would like a Library in La Center. Sure enough, that night, me and Margaret are just sitting there at a big table all by ourselves, and in comes Virginia notebook in hand. We were so happy to see her, right away she asked how can I help? I said how about you be our Treasurer, she said "Yes I can do that !" She helped us out so much, and was always so kind and fun to be around. Many stories with the Library Project, she will be missed by so many of us. I know she's up in Heaven planting her flowers and vegetables and getting people organized ! My mother in law Peggy Smith was the High School Secretary at Ridgefield High School and was lucky to have worked for many years with Virginia as well.
Rose Smith
May 15, 2018
Virginia meant the world to us. When we first came to La Center 18 years ago she "showed us the volunteer ropes" and inspired us with her no nonsense honesty. Her generosity with her time and her love of plants was always an inspiration. Both of my parents loved to visit her when they came from New Orleans. We will miss her often and I will think of her when I look at the rasberries, hydrangea, lilies, and concrete leaves she insisted we have.
Janet and Ed Bausch
May 7, 2018
We just heard of the loss of our dear friend Virginia. Our whole family and of course Mary Jo loved her so much and we cherish our memories of her. She taught us all so much, shared her humor and unique spunk in a way that made her a joy to be around. We are so glad to have seen her last summer and take home tomato plants which I just loved. She will always be in our hearts as a true and magnificent friend.
Jeannie Anderson
May 6, 2018
Barbara, your mother was a great lady and will be missed my many. Your in my prayers during this difficult time.
Kathy (Andre) Rauch
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