Virginia M. Geddes


Virginia Mae (Scott) Geddes died Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in her Vancouver home. She was 84.

A memorial service for her will be held at Eastgate Bible Chapel on SE Stark in Portland at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2013.

Family graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 17, 2013, at Taft Pioneer Cemetery in Lincoln City.

Born on October 22, 1928, in Hoquiam, Washington, to Irwin and Maude Virginia Scott, she was their first and only daughter.

She grew up in Grays Harbor and attended school throughout the seventh grade in Hoquiam. Then her parents and her brother, Donnie, moved out the East Hoquiam, where they purchased Scott’s Grocery. She graduated as valedictorian from Wishkah Valley High in 1946.

She went to Washington State College in Pullman until her dad died in 1947.

She married Don Geddes in July 1948. She was a 4-H and Girl Scout leader. She taught piano in her home for years. She and Don began a Sunday school at Aberdeen Gardens which ran through the 1950s and early ’60s.

She was active in Cosmopolis Gospel Chapel and worked with the youth group, doing cantatas, accompanying others and playing for dozens of weddings and events.

In 1974, she and Don bought Lakeside Resort on Diamond Lake in Eastern Washington where they lived until 1992. She and Don retired to Lincoln City, which let them continue to love the beach and family. She attended, played the piano and taught Sunday school at the First Baptist Church there.

She and Don raised their children - though she was somewhat reluctant to appreciate it all the time - to value independence, hard work and that they could accomplish anything they wanted to.

Don preceded her in death in 1998.

She loved her family and was proudest of her four children, 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Surviving her are her children and grandchildren, Melinda (Jack) Brennan of Walla Walla, Wash.; Bob (Melody) Geddes of Chehalis, Wash.; Pam (Brian) Girtman of Portland; Cynthia Geddes of Vancouver; Scott (Angela) Brennan of Liua National Park in Zambia, Africa; Jill (Andy) Jones of Golden Valley, Minn.; Amy (Patrick) Dunne of Ashburn, Va.; John (Erin) Brennan of Makassar, Indonesia; Mary Virginia (Luke) Lopez of Oregon City; Betsy (Tim) Mahoney of Warrenton, Ore.; Nathan Geddes of Spokane; Alex Geddes of Portland; Emily Geddes of Chehalis; and Ian Girtman of Portland; her great-grandchildren (Jack, Drew and Ben Jones; Henry, Sullivan and Murphy Dunne; Caedmon and Whitman Brennan; Emma and Mason Lopez; Maia and Ainsley Mahoney) and a number of nieces and nephews.

Virginia spent the last seven years at Grandma’s House in Vancouver, where she loved Randy and Amy Luke and their family, who were her caregivers.

The family suggests that memorials be made to Grandma’s House, c/o 1706 SE 154th Avenue, Vancouver, Wash. 98683.

Arrangements were handled by Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery and Funeral Chapel, 1101 NE 112th Avenue, Vancouver, Wash. 98684.