Virginia was born 13 October 1936 as Virginia Jean Davis in Grundy, VA. Her life as a child was filled with many adventures, living in several different communities from Virginia to California and back to Maryland. In Elkton she had a penchant for buying records: As it turns out, it was more about the record store owner Clarence “Gene” Walbeck, whom she ultimately married on 10 November 1957. As a matter of fact, we still have a great collection of 45’s from those trips to the record store. She and Gene eventually settled in California, where Gene made a successful career in real estate, and Virginia became a cosmetologist owning several salons, the longest running of which was located here in Palmdale, the Colonial Manor Salon. Virginia made many lifelong friends in that salon. Their only daughter Cindie was the sparkle in her moms’ eye, and the model on Glamour Girl hair spray for those that remember. The Walbeck’s lived in Palmdale and Pearblossom until 1980, when they decided to retire to Florida. That lasted only a short while and Gene and Virginia moved to North Carolina, where Cindie met and was married to Stan Garren, who brought the entire family back home to Palmdale, CA in 1987. A few years later a second sparkle showed up in Virginia’s eyes, when her grandson Heath was born. She was the doting Grandma keeping him every weekday, until he went to school. Virginia was active in many clubs including the Palmdale Women’s Club, and, yes, often you would find her sitting there with Heath in tow. Later that same afternoon you could find her climbing trees with Heath or walking in the desert playing “Archeologist” with him. After Heath went to school her love of antiques (she and Gene were the original Pickers) won out. She opened Grannie’s in Pearblossom, a quaint little antique shop. So named, because Heath loved to tease her and call her “Grannie,” though early on she would quip back “GRANDMA” in those early days. She ultimately became “Grannie” most of the time. After Grannie’s, she again retired, followed by Gene. Always active in Clubs, she discovered the Red Hatters and the Rancho Vista Red Hat Hotties, big hats, bright colors, and festive gatherings, where Virginia was in her element and had found her people. She was an active member until the end. Virginia got her granddaughter (finally), when Heath married Melanie, a beautiful and wonderful addition to the family.
Virginia was preceded in death by her father Tommie, her brothers, Ronnie and Elmer, and Gene, her husband of almost 62 years, who passed in May of 2019. She is survived by her daughter Cindie, her son-in-law Stan, her grandson Heath and his wife Melanie, her mom Ruby, her brothers Tom and Harold, her sister Carol, and other family members sprinkled about the US. She was loved by many and will be missed by ALL!
Funeral Services will be held at:
Desert Lawn Memorial Park 2200 E. Ave S, Palmdale, Ca
Date Saturday September 12, 2020 9:00 PST. 11:00 CST. and 12:00 EST.
For our Friends and Family that cannot attend the service will be Live Streamed!
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