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Virginia V. Medeiros
(Ginger)
1918 - 2013

On Saturday, April 20th Ginger, beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, cousin, grandmother, great grandmother and dear friend to many, returned to her Heavenly Father. As she prepared to return to her Heavenly Father, Ginger was accompanied by family members and nurses at her assisted living & hospice facility in Orem, Utah. Ginger was born in San Francisco on June 24, 1918 to her beloved parents, Martin Marsoob Vartanian and Anna (Demirdjian) Vartanian Smith. Ginger and her beloved younger sister Lucille V. Lewis-Bauerly, were raised in Napa, California. Ginger graduated from Napa High School in 1936, near the top of her class. Ginger loved life, music, singing, dancing, playing the piano and being with her immediate and extended family. Just prior to and during the early years of World War II, Ginger worked as a stenographer (executive secretary) for the Commandant at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. Just after the U.S. entered WWII, she met and married Manuel "Pat" Medeiros, followed by the arrival of their only child-Rick. Ginger was always industrious, independent, fun loving, a hard worker and willing to assist others. As a young woman, her hard work allowed her to purchase her own car, which she used to drive other workers to and from Napa and the Shipyard.

Ginger had a zest for and loved life. She and Pat took as many car trips and flights as they could to visit their son's family and later, her grandchildren's families. Her pleasing personality and giving nature formed memories the family talk about and laughed at over the years and will do so for the years to come. Over the years, Ginger demonstrated an aptitude to remember the marriage dates, many addresses, phone numbers, license plates, birthdays and anniversaries of all of her family members. After Pat passed away in 2010, Ginger moved to Utah to be close to and spend time with her son and daughter-in-law Peggy. She enjoyed her retirement community, the activities the community provided and she enjoyed playing weekly piano "house concerts" for the many residents. In 2011, at the age of 93, Ginger competed against many younger women and was selected as the "Fourth Runner Up" in the Mrs. Utah Pageant.

Ginger is survived by her loving sister Lucille, her sons Kyle, and his wife Nancy, and Jim, and his wife Nikki, Ginger's son Rick, and his wife Peggy and their sons Rick, and his wife Suzanne, Chad and his wife Julie, and son Marc and their daughter Tammi, and her husband Shep and Ginger's 13 great grandchildren.

A Tribute book will be prepared commemorating Ginger's life and made available to family members. Ginger and Pat will be placed side by side at East Lawn cemetery, just as they were during their 67 years of marriage. In lieu of funeral services, the family encourages contributions to the prevention and cure of dementia. Special thanks to the staff and residents at The Seville and to the professionals at Orem Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center and to the Canyon Cove Assisted Living and Hospice Center.

Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.tributecenterutah.com