Virginia Joyce (Milligan) Lindberg

Born: Mon., May 9, 1932
Died: Sat., Feb. 17, 2018

Recitation of the Rosary

5:00 PM Fri., Mar. 09, 2018
Location: Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, Folsom-Bishop

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Sat., Mar. 10, 2018
Location: St. Mary's Catholic Church

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Services for Virginia Joyce “Ginnie” Lindberg will be held Saturday, March 10, at 10:00 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 9th at 5:00 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, February 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 the 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 who 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 Avenue, Pendleton, Oregon 97801.

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shirlee nirschl
   Posted Mon February 19, 2018
Dave and family,My heart is heavy to night. prayers are going up for all.With love,Shirlee

Larry & Kricket Nicholson
   Posted Tue February 20, 2018
Dave, Kristin and Shari,
We are so sorry to read of Virginia's passing. Happy for her that she gets to be with her Lord and Savior, but sad for you and all of us who loved her. Her kindness, humility, and encouragement impacted our lives, as well as many others. Know that we are praying for your sad hearts.
With love - Larry & Kricket

Carol and Dave Fitzsimmons
   Posted Fri February 23, 2018
SHARI, Dave, and family. So sorry to hear of your mother's passing.

Vic & Linda Gehling
   Posted Tue February 27, 2018
Our thoughts are with your families as you mourn the passing of wife, mother, grandmother. There wasn't a time that she didn't have a smile, hello or something kind to say when we encountered each other occasionally. Always enjoyed visiting when we walked by the "Lindbergh" cabin on Lakeshore Road at Wallowa Lake. Our deepest sympathy to all.

Brigit Farley
   Posted Tue February 27, 2018
One of the nicest, most positive people I have known. From my childhood, whenever I saw Virginia(and David, of course), she always had a smile and some words of encouragement. Particularly after my parents died, she always asked how I was doing and would always emphasize how proud they would be of me. I respected and appreciated her always. Rest in peace.

Jackie Cook
   Posted Wed February 28, 2018
Virginia was a kind soul. It was an honor to know and work with her. Peace and prayers for the ones she leaves behind. Jackie Cook

Fred kishpaugh
   Posted Thu March 01, 2018
So sorry for your loss Dave .
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Ginnie will be missed by those whose hearts were touched by her kindness.

Michele Grable
   Posted Thu March 01, 2018
Dave and Shari,

Although I did not know your mother well, she never failed to greet me with a huge smile whenever I ran into her. She always stopped and took time to visit with me about a mutual interest, good restaurants in our area. She impressed me as such a kind and positive person; I know she will be missed.

Tammy Richter
   Posted Wed March 07, 2018
What a lovely obit for such a special lady! I have admired you from the very first time i met you. So many memories, including the beautiful bridal shower held at the family home. You raised such amazing children ... Shari, you are a talented and beautiful person and mom. And I can never say enough about Kristin. I love you sweetheart and I’m always hear for you, 🌷

Paul and Elaine Richards
   Posted Wed March 07, 2018
Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. What a lovely lady Virginia has always been. We were blessed to know her and your family.

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