Virginia “Ginger” was born June 30, 1941, to Ernest Merrill and Virginia (Terrell) in Los Angeles, California. Throughout her life she enjoyed helping people, especially children. When she made a friend, they became a part of her family for life. She spent most of her adult life in the Ely, Nevada area until moving to Wyoming six years ago. She avidly enjoyed crafting as evidenced by the two doll houses now on display at Garnet Mercantile in Ely.
Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; a son William O’Leary; three brothers and one sister. She is survived by one brother, Robert Merrill and his children of Merced, California; her children Virginia Carpenter (Tom) and their children of 29 Palms, California; Norma Fischer (Ken) of Spokane, Washington; Ken O’Leary (Robin) and their children of Encampment, Wyoming; Linda O’Leary of Rawlins, Wyoming; and Vickie Richter (George) and their children of Franklin, Kentucky; three grandchildren and their families from son William O’Leary, all of the State of Washington, along with numerous nieces and nephews and countless special friends who became family to her.
The family requests that any donations in Virginia’s name be made to the Corbett Medical Foundation Kirsten Campbell End of Life Fund. The funds are used to pay for nurses to visit homes for end of life care, and have helped establish a room at the nursing home for terminally patients and their families during end of life care.
The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to Dr. Bartholomew and his staff for the excellent care, comfort and love they provided to Virginia during her illness.
Services are scheduled for March 7, 2015 at 1:00 pm at the LDS Church in Saratoga Springs, Wyoming.