Virginia Lee (Shipman) Holmgren

February 20, 1931 ~ February 29, 2020 (age 89)

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Virginia Lee Holmgren
Born Feb 20th 1931- Feb 29th 2020
Portland Oregon
Born to Glenn & Lucille Shipman
Siblings : Glenn Shipman jr ,
Faith Sutton, Orville Shipman
Survived by Patricia Gore
Virginia was born in Portland Oregon the second child to five siblings
She was taken to Newton Kansas with her younger sister Faith at the age of 6 to live with her grandparents till she was 14.  She returned to Portland Oregon  She attended Franklin high school. While working part time at a local movie theater to help support her family giving them her entire paycheck each week going to school & caring for her younger siblings. She met
Lawrence Holmgren through her brother as they were friends and in the Boy Scouts together. They married 1949. She was almost 18 and he was 21. She traveled with him to California to live while he was in the US Army
Stationed at Camp Roberts. They lived in Santa Cruz California.  While Lawrence was in the Army the had their first child a son Steven. Returning home to Portland  Oregon they had a home built there a few years later had a daughter Laureen. They lived in Portland till moving to Milwaukie Oregon in 1971.  Virginia worked as a seamstress for Janzten. Then became a professional cook the rest of her career. Working at the Rhinelander with Horst Mager and working for Elemers Pancake & steak house
for 25 years. She worked for the Marriott for many years. She retired at the age of 75years.  
 Virginia enjoyed
Bowling, , ice skating, Bowling, Boating, camping , fishing, water skiing , swimming , cooking,
Trips to the beach, family vacations to Disneyland, Las Vegas, Hawaii, picnics with family , and especially going to the Casino!! She loved the casino!! She was very lucky to win a few good jackpots and eating at the buffet
  She loved the movies one of her all time favorites. Gone with the Wind
And many John Wayne favorites. She loved music. The wayward wind,
North to Alaska , Tennessee Waltz,
Many Elvis Presley’s songs especially
Can’t help falling in love with you. & Neal Diamonds Cracklin Rosie.
She was a woman once you met her you never forgot her, as she had a strong love for family & friends
She was a very strong woman always standing up for what she believed in and always had your back to lend a hand when in need. She cooked turkeys for the homeless   She was physically strong doing pull ups on the bar 12 times in a row. In her younger years. She was a positive person always saying “We will make it! “
We will get there ! ,
we will make it together !
I will help you!  I admired her strength,
Her determination, her positivity, her generosity, her work ethics , and her fabulous cooking ability I  She was one mother bear to always protect her children,  I was very proud to call her my mama   She was one of a kind
And I will miss her for eternity always  
Her final resting place is with her husband my father Lawrence Holmgren at Willamette National Cemetery

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Funeral Service
March 15, 2020

2:00 PM
Holman-Hankins-Bowker & Waud Funeral Service
715 7th St
Oregon City, OR 97045

March 15, 2020

2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Holman-Hankins-Bowker & Waud Funeral Service
715 7th St
Oregon City, OR 97045

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