Virginia Lee Brown

October 28, 1923April 5, 2014

Virginia Lee Brown, 90, of Visalia, California passed away on Saturday, April 5, 2014 in Visalia, California. Virginia was born in Woodlake, California on October 28, 1923 to Hugo J. Galle and Lena W. Fast Galle. She was raised and educated in Woodlake, graduating from Woodlake High School. She attended College of Sequoias. On April 25, 1947 Virginia married Billy Carl Brown in Woodlake, California at the Woodlake Presbyterian Church. They celebrated 43 years of marriage. Billy and Virginia made their first home in Three Rivers, California and then moved to Clovis, California until 1979 when they returned to Three Rivers to enjoy their retirement years. Virginia was a faithful member of the Three Rivers Presbyterian Church and served several years as a Deacon. Virginia loved to garden when she could, go camping with her family, crocheting and playing her organ - doing all the things that a mother loves to do. She will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her. She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy on June 2, 1990; her parents, Hugo and Lena and Lucille McClure, her sister. Virginia leaves to cherish her memory, one daughter, Connie Gilmore and husband, Doug of Sanger, CA, two sons, Mike Brown and wife, Hazel of Terra Bella, CA and Les Brown and wife, Terry of Sanger, CA; one sister, Marion St. Martin of Port Townsend, WA; six grandchildren, Steven Carleton, Daniel Brown, Carley Brown, Sandra Zendner, Michael Brawley and Stan Brawley; four great grandchildren, Kenneth, Jeffrey, Elizabeth and Blake. Graveside services will be held on Monday, April 14, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Woodlake Cemetery, 165 North Cypress in Woodlake, CA. Tributes and condolences may be made at Arrangement entrusted to Miller Memorial Chapel, 1120 W. Goshen Avenue, Visalia, CA 93291 (559) 732-8371.


  • Graveside Service Monday, April 14, 2014

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Steven Carleton

April 16, 2014

Just remember, She was ready and let you know it too. It don't make it any easier though. These past couple of weeks have brought back such wonderful memories... I love you Grandma

Kathryn Matthews

April 15, 2014

My Aunt Virginia was so special to me and always will be. Not only do we share our middle name but she was as beautiful inside as she was on the outside. She will always remain a cherished possession in my heart.

Susan St.Martin

April 14, 2014

Aunt Virginia was such a sweet lady and always welcomed me into her home with open arms! From the first day I met her she treated me just like I had always been a member of the family! I remember happy times in her home in Clovis, Three Rivers and at the Ranch. No matter where it was she always greeted me with her beautiful smile and warm hug! Cliff and I have many happy memories of our first home living in the Brown homestead on North Fork. Our family have wonderful memories of Holiday's together with fun stories and the most delicious food shared. I am so grateful for our Lord's blessed assurance that she is home and whole again! Our families prayers go out to all her Children, Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren. Love, Sue and Cliff St.Martin

Sandra Wurtsmith

April 10, 2014

My Aunt Virginia was like a second mother, but since she did not wield the power of BEING my mother she seemed more like an older friend. She, with the help of Uncle Bill, made a most memorable outdoor pancake breakfast in the backyard of their home in Clovis one summer. I never did ask if it was a regular occurrence or if it was just because I was visiting, but at the time I thought it was all for me! I will always remember Aunt Virginia's laughter, keen sense of humor and those twinkling eyes that made you wonder what spunky thing she'd have to say next. She was all lady, but I have a feeling she was a bit of a tomboy back in the days of growing up on the family farm. I'm thankful she was my aunt, another heart in this world that loved me almost as much as my own mother's, and someone I could look up to. She is loved dearly by my husband and daughters and we will carry wonderful memories of her until we meet again in our fully restored state. Right now, my heart is with all the family who are missing her and I wish we could all be together.

Sophie Britten

April 10, 2014

A dear, sweet lady!