Services for Virginia Joyce “Ginnie” Lindberg will be held Saturday, March 10 at 10 a.m., at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pendleton, Oregon. Recitation of the Rosary will be held at Pendleton Pioneer Chapel on Friday, March 9 at 5 p.m.
Virginia was born May 9, 1932, in Pendleton, Oregon, at St. Anthony’s Hospital to John Verl and Gladys Elizabeth Reid Milligan. She passed away Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018.
Virginia had a wonderful childhood, growing up in both Pendleton and Walla Walla, as her father worked for Preston-Shaffer Milling Company. Virginia’s children and grandchildren particularly loved her stories about good times — horseback exploring with her sisters, “helping” with gardening chores, eating the best chicken and dumplings ever — at her Grandpa and Grandma Reid and Grandpa Milligan’s homes near Waitsburg and Prescott, Washington.
Virginia’s mother was a teacher in the Pendleton School District, and taught for many years at Lincoln Elementary. It was at Lincoln that Virginia first met David Alan Lindberg. Both graduated in 1950 from Pendleton High School. After graduation, Virginia attended Oregon State University, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She and Dave married in 1953. They started life and a new family together, in Pullman, Washington, where Virginia continued her studies and Dave was finishing graduate school.
In 1956, they returned from Pullman to begin their long career in farming together on their home place north of Pendleton. Virginia and Dave encouraged a sense of wonder in their children, balancing the work of the farm with great adventures over the years. Exploring western Canada and annual trips to Trout Meadows, Wallowa County, and Grilley Gulch at the Oregon Coast were among family highlights. Virginia loved the mountains and spent happy hours camping, morel-hunting and fishing.
She “never let anyone forget” the 46-pound trophy chinook she pulled from the Rogue’s whitewater one spring. Virginia and Dave traveled broadly, enjoying, in particular, trips to Napa Valley, Hawaii, New Orleans, the Great Lakes, Quebec, Central America, New Zealand, Australia, Venice and her beloved France. One meaningful adventure led her to the site of her maternal great-grandparents’ homestead in County Tyrone, Ireland.
Virginia loved the arts and she and Dave were longtime supporters of Pendleton Center for the Arts, the Oregon East Symphony, College Community Theatre, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Portland Opera. She was a musician herself and accompanied many soloists, taught piano and played the organ at St. Mary’s Catholic Church for 17 years.
Virginia had a passion for education. In 1980, she earned a degree in history and education from Eastern Oregon University. She helped shape education policy over the years, serving locally for two terms on the Pendleton School District Board and for many at the state level, traveling to Salem as a member of Governor Vic Atiyeh’s Education Coordinating Commission.
Over the years, Virginia dropped — as she would say — “a few pebbles in the pond,” lending her support to meaningful community efforts. She was a lifetime member of the committee that originally oversaw the use of the Vert Auditorium and the Vert Clubroom. She and Dave both served on the steering committee for the formation of Tamastslikt Cultural Institute; and most recently, Virginia shared her expertise as a new member of the Pendleton Foundation Trust. Virginia was a longtime member of the Pendleton Delphian Club and she was deeply committed to the work of the P.E.O. Sisterhood — her sisters in Chapter BJ, P.E.O. being part of her extended family.
Virginia is survived by her husband, David A. Lindberg; daughters, Shari Dallas (Dave), and Kristin Lindberg; five grandchildren, their spouses, four great-grandchildren; and her sister, Mary Milligan Chase. She was preceded in death by her parents, her son, David Jon Lindberg, and her younger sister, Jo Anne Milligan Lutcher.
Virginia expressed particular thanks for the loving and exceptional care she received from the medical teams at St. Anthony and St. Mary’s hospitals during her recent stays. She hoped that in lieu of flowers donations might be sent to the David Jon Lindberg Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Pendleton Foundation Trust, attention Jerri Bealer at Corey, Byler and Rew, 222 S. E. Dorion Ave., Pendleton, OR 97801.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.pioneerchapel.com.