Virginia "Ginny" Retta Shanks

September 3, 1926January 9, 2021

Virginia “Ginny” Retta Shanks, age 94, passed away January 9, 2021 following a weeks long ordeal with Covid19.

Virginia was born September 3, 1926 to Harry and Maglona Hovey in Denver, Colorado. Virginia lived a long, rich life filled with family, friends, travel, activism and crossword puzzles. She was most happy surrounded by family and friends when she gathered them for celebrations on her backyard deck.

Virginia was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Jerry Shanks, their first-born child, “Baby Dickie”, her brother, Dick, and many other dear family and friends. She is survived by three children and their spouses, Steve Shanks (Lisa) of Amarillo, Texas, Janis Shanks Ferrell (Rick) of Denver and Mary Beth Thorn (Skip) of Albuquerque New Mexico, her beloved 7 grandchildren and many nephews and nieces and their children and grandchildren.

No services are planned at this time. The family plans to gather in Virginia’s memory when the risk of Covid19 has passed. To honor Virginia’s memory, please, share kindness, meaningful conversation and offer an open heart and mind to all you meet.

The family is grateful for the care and attention to Virginia by the medical staff and caregivers at Montage Hills and the outpouring of love, support and memorial stories from family and friends.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Virginia "Ginny" Retta Shanks

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Bill and Leigh Ann Nicas

January 10, 2021

Did not know Ginny, but have grown to love her granddaughter Lauren, son Steve, daughter in law Lisa and other grandchildren Emily and Grace. What a legacy she has left of loving beautiful souls. Blessings to the whole Shanks family. May the peace, presence and power of Jesus comfort you in this time.