OBITUARY

Virginia Catherine Taylor

February 20, 1936May 28, 2021
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Virginia “Ginny” Taylor, 85, died in Chula Vista, California, on May 28, 2021. Born February 20, 1936 in Lebanon, Indiana, she was raised in Zionsville, Indiana.

Ginny was a proud Boilermaker who received a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Sociology from Purdue University. While studying at Purdue, she met her future husband Donald Eugene Taylor. They married shortly after graduation and moved to Pensacola, Florida where Donald began his career as a Naval Pilot. Ginny worked as a social worker until the birth of her first child Pamela Dee in 1961. Second child Debra Eileen came a couple years later in 1963. The Taylor family moved to Chula Vista in 1968. Ginny was a homemaker and a volunteer for the Navy Relief Society for nearly 25 years. She was a proud Navy wife who took on the role of head of household 9 months out of most years, while Donald was deployed. Ginny was a Girl Scout Leader as well as a Band Mom for the Castle Park Jr and Sr High School bands. She relished in her role of being “mom” to all!

In 1985, Ginny began working as the Volunteer Coordinator at the San Diego Air and Space Museum. She worked there for 15 years, and became friends and created memories with 100’s of volunteers and staff.

After retiring from the museum, Ginny traveled often with the On the Road Again travel group. She enjoyed dozens of adventures throughout California and the Western states. Ginny also became involved in genealogy and joined the Genealogical Society of Chula Vista. Ginny also started volunteering at the Chula Vista Library in the Friends of the Library Bookstore. She worked in the bookstore once a week, and worked with the sorting crew every Tuesday. Her favorite day of the week was Tuesday when she got to work at the library and then go out to lunch with the Friends crew. Over the years Ginny has been involved with Friends of the Library Board and the Genealogical Society Board. She has been the President of the Civic Center Friends of the Library as well as President of the Genealogical Society.

Ginny was an avid collector of elephants, and has a huge collection of elephants from all over the world. Ginny loved to read, knit, quilt, garden, bird watch, and watch cooking shows. For the last two years, Ginny’s grandson Robert has lived with her, and one of their favorite activities was watching the Food Network together. Ginny also loved going to the San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park, and craft fairs. Ginny was a passionate fan of NHL hockey and enjoyed attending San Diego Gulls Hockey games with her daughters. Ginny also never missed watching the Indianapolis 500.

Ginny was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Chula Vista, and was involved with the United Methodist Women organization and the Quilt Circle.

Virginia is preceded in death by her parents Elmer and Effie Bland of Zionsville, Indiana; siblings Onis, Beatrice, Crystal, and Myrtle; and former husband, Donald. Ginny is survived by her daughters, Pamela Chapman of San Diego and Debbie Taylor of Chula Vista; and grandchildren, Nicholas, and Robert.

Ginny is known for her quick wit, positive attitude, and her fierce independent nature. Everywhere she went, she made people laugh. Ginny lived life to its fullest.

A funeral service for Virginia will be held Monday, June 7, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at First United Methodist Church, 1200 East H Street, Chula Vista 91910. Following the funeral service will be a committal service at 12:30 PM at Glen Abbey Memorial Park, 3838 Bonita Road, Bonita, California 91902.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.glenabbeysandiego.net for the Taylor family.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in the name of Virginia Taylor to the Friends of the Chula Vista Library or the Genealogical Society of Chula Vista.

  • FAMILY

  • Pamela Chapman, Daughter

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, June 7, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Monday, June 7, 2021

Memories

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Carolyn Chapman

June 13, 2021

Dear Pam and Debbie, your video presentation brought back many good memories. We all moved into the cul-de-sac in 1968. We were young and you kids were babies. Your mom and I would have lunch at the marina in CV when I was in town. Sadly, because of COVID I did not get to see her one more time. Please keep in contact with me via email. Carolyn

Karen Polk

June 7, 2021

Karen Polk

June 7, 2021

Always "Virginia" to me! A fond set of memories we share...first as "Castle Park Jr. & Sr. High school band parents" and second/third as members & friends of the FUMCCV/ UMW and Board members of the CVGS (Chula Vista Genealogy Society). Virginia was ALWAYS " A FRIEND" to one and all. I will miss her dearly. Smooth sailing, teaching, and friendly chats my dear friend!

Susan Botts

June 6, 2021

Ginny. Her obituary described her perfectly. Fiercely independent, positive, quick witted, gracious and welcoming to all.

Ginny and I started together about 15 years ago. She was with the Historical Society when it was on Third Ave and bored. No one came in! Came to the library and we worked in the store together. We did homebound together for years. She became president. I became her secretary.

Ginny loved the volunteer Christmas parties we had every year. Always brought a small chocolate Santa for each volunteer.

Ginny loved her family. We volunteers followed Pam as she retired from the military. We followed Debbie as she set off to watch the Chargers play in Florida. She loved her grandsons, Nick and Robert, and we volunteers following their activities as well. Nick, your cooking skills were greatly appreciated and enjoyed.

One of the most recent memories she told us about was going to the San Diego Fairgrounds during the pandemic. She went with the family and ate her way through the place. They never got out of the car. Ginny loved it. Was ready to go again the next day.

Ginny loved people. Love socializing.

She loved her church. She once told me she read a Bible verse every morning.

Ginny loved the Genealogy group. We knew to collect anything Genealogy related up to and including school yearbooks until I think the Genealogy Society said…enough!

She loved The Galley and their fish fries on Tuesday lunches.

Loved elephants.

Loved cozy cat mysteries.

We will miss Ginny. We loved her spirit, her feistiness, her determination to do what she wanted. She once traveled with a broken arm. Didn’t tell her daughters. (What were they going to do Suzie?) Did the whole trip too.

As she would say about herself, “Good things come in small packages.”

Susan Botts

Betty Waznis

June 4, 2021

Thinking of Ginny with gratitude and thanks for all the support and energy she contributed to so many community causes. My deepest condolences to her family.

Sandra Valdez

June 3, 2021

I extend my deepest condolences for the loss of your beautiful mother, Virginia. We were both in "Circle" together at the Methodist Church. What an accomplished lady she was and such a joy to share conversation with. Your mom's purpose on earth has been fulfilled and her Father said "time to come home with Me, child of mine". Absent from the body, in the Presence of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen and Amen. Peace be with you, dear family of Virginia.

With love
Sandy Valdez

Marilyn Henry

June 3, 2021

What a wonderful collection of pictures of your mom! You are so blessed to have such wonderful memories! My sincere condolences to your family. May God bless you with His comfort and peace at this difficult time.
I first met Ginny in church. Then later in our Wesleyan Circle of the United Methodist Women. Her humor and sparkle was so endearing. She always had such a positive attitude even when she was suffering from illness or injury. What an inspiration to me and to many more!
I will miss her and treasure her memory always.
God bless you all!
Marilyn Henry

Elsie Danner

June 3, 2021

Dear Pam and Debbie,
My deepest sympathy and love to you and your family at this very sad time, as it is indeed a time of great sorrow for all of you. May the sweet memories of your Mom, through all the beautiful pictures you shared, and all the ones in your hearts sustain you through this most difficult of all periods in your lives. May God give you His comfort and peace now and forever in your great loss. I know how much you'll miss your dear Mom, and all that she meant to you. We will miss her greatly too, and all of our precious times with her throughout the years. The memories and times are so dear to me as we shared so many fun and thoughtful times together in our friendship. Your Mom was a woman who loved God and her Church, and she was a most beautiful lady inside and out, walking the paths of her life in God's ways. We will remember her always so very fondly.

Karen Higdon

May 31, 2021

Ginny was a good friend who felt like family to Tim and I. She invited us to her church, got me involved with Friends of the Library and included us in holiday meals in her home. We feel blessed for knowing her.

Medina Schneider

May 31, 2021

It was a pleasure knowing you as part of our church family. Your smile your wit was a pleasure to see. Rip dear friend until we meet again dear Virginia

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