2014-05-01 / Obituaries

Virginia Claire Cole

Virginia Claire Cole was called home by the Lord on April 19, 2014. A beloved mother, she passed peacefully in Clovis.

Virginia lived a long and productive life. She will be greatly missed by her family and remembered fondly by her many friends.

She was born on Jan. 25, 1924 in El Monte and lived in nearby Arcadia. She attended high school in Monrovia. She was an accomplished dancer and taught tap dancing at the June Taylor dance school in Arcadia. She also performed professionally—until she eloped with her husband, Eugene, to Yuma, Ariz. in 1940.

She was a young bride, and bore her first son, Gary, a few months before the U.S. entered World War II. There was a lot of separation during the war, and she didn’t have her second son Chris until 1944.

During this time, she worked for Standard Oil of California, where she was trained in business accounting and successfully operated different gas stations throughout the war and later into the 1950s. After the war, she and her husband Gene, as he was known to his friends, worked to establish their family in Pasadena. He was later recalled to active duty in 1947, and the family transferred to Elgin Field in Mary Esther, Fla. During the Korean conflict, Gene was stationed to the Philippines. Later the family was permitted to join him, and spent a happy two years at Clark Air Force Base.

Returning to the U.S., the family relocated to Merced, where Gene eventually retired. Virginia worked at several accounting jobs until they bought “their place in the sun” along the Merced River in El Portal. She managed the Yosemite Credit Union until Gene passed away in 1982, and then joined the Fischer family to do accounting at Cedar Lodge until she retired.

Virginia is survived by her two sons, Gary and Chris, along with five grandchildren and nine greatgrandchildren.

A graveside service is planned for noon on Friday, May 2 at the Merced District Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest with her late husband.

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