Mrs. Virginia L. Pritchard

December 16, 1921December 31, 2012

Virginia "Ginnie" was born on December 16, 1921 in Missouri. She died peacefully on the morning of December 31, 2012, with her six children surrounding her. She was married to William "Bill" Pritchard until his death in 1988. They lived in Sacramento until moving to Fresno in 1968. Always so important to Ginnie has been her faith and her church. She was actively involved with St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church for over 45 years as a faithful parishioner, a lector, a volunteer for Monday accounting as well as special projects. Ginnie was honored as a recipient of the Benemerenti awarded by the Pope for her years of dedication. For more than 60 years, Ginnie was involved in Beta Sigma Phi, an educational and philanthropic sorority for women. She served in every capacity numerous times, locally and state-wide. Her sorority sisterhood will greatly miss her and her easy, giving nature. She never looked for applause or accolades, just simply took over and completed whatever was asked of her. Many may remember Ginnie and Bill from years of golf and as an active member of Riverside Womens' Golf. In the last 30 years, she traveled the world, alone and with special friends. The tours kept her busy, active and learning until just a couple of years ago. Last, but not least, was Ginnie's cabin in Kingvale, Ca. and how she loved every summer she spent there for the last 80 years. The cabin, built by her parents, George and Edith Locklin, has been cherished by every generation it has sheltered. She will be deeply missed. She is survived by her children, Christine Smith and her husband Leighton, Jean Pritchard and her husband Babak, Nola Mawhinney and her husband Chuck, Laura Gardner and her husband Mark, Jay Pritchard, and Kevin Pritchard and his wife Barbara; her nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren will miss their Grandma and Great Mama. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church on Friday, January 4, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. The family requests that donations be made to The St Vincent de Paul Society in lieu of flowers. Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns and Blair Funeral Home, 1525 East Saginaw Way, Fresno, California (559)227-4048


  • Rosary Service Thursday, January 3, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 4, 2013

Mrs. Virginia L. Pritchard

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Sue Krikorian

January 9, 2013

Memories for me from the late 60's to the early 70's....I remember "Mrs. Pritchard" to be very gracious and to always have a smile on her face...My condolences to Chris, Jean, Nola, Laura, Kevin and Jay. May you find comfort in each beautiful memory.

January 7, 2013

Kevin & family. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you & all others in the family! As you know my entire family goes way back with the Locklins from Penryn to Kingvale, Geoge & Edith. Virginia & Delores & their husbands.
See you at the cabin,
Bob Dunshee, Carmichael & Kingvale.

January 7, 2013

Great memories of our visits to the Pritchard's around the holidays. Will never forget the warm feelings of family created by your mom and dad. Sincerest condolences. John Caselli

Kent Pollard

January 4, 2013

Kevin and Family, my deepest sympathies goes out to you all. May God Bless you bringing Peace and prosperity to your family all the days of thier lives.

Carolyn Sherwin

January 4, 2013

Dear Family,

It was with sadness I heard of Virginia's passing. During my years in Fresno 1978-1993 we enjoyed many moments together at St. Anthony's as well as her traveling with me on my groups. I remember fondly the wonderful 2 weeks in Ireland. She and her sister loved it especially when Virginia spied Payne Stewart in the airport! It made her day. My prayers and thoughts are with you all.

Trish Jennings

January 4, 2013

May Peace be with you. So sad for your loss.

Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns & Blair Chapel

January 4, 2013

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.

Rick & Lynne Ferguson

January 3, 2013

Family is forever. Her time here is proof of that.

John Giannopoulos

January 3, 2013

Kevin, Jay, and Nola

Sorry for your loss.

Sharon Pritchard

January 3, 2013

I will always remember that beautiful smile and lots of hugs. I will miss you Aunt Ginnie. What an incredible life! I'm so glad I was a part of it. May eternity be as blessed as your time on earth.