Virginia H. France went to be with the Lord on May 9, 2016 at the age of 89. She was born in Altus, Oklahoma to John and Lorena Wright and was one of six children. She married the love of her life, Lt. Stanley E. France shortly before he went off to serve in WW II. She was a great “military wife” for over 30 years, always happy to meet the challenges of going to a new duty station wherever it might be. They spent time together in Oklahoma, Alaska, Texas, Maine, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Nebraska, California and even Morocco, North Africa. Each new place was an opportunity to make new friends and to serve in various volunteer opportunities.
She was a woman of many talents, and often found herself serving the Lord in many different capacities such as the church hostess, Sunday school teacher, and mentor to younger women. She loved to play golf and bridge and to garden as well. She worked as the church bookkeeper, had a brief career in real estate and even had a wedding catering business. She was known as a great cook and “loved” people with the food that she prepared.
She was devoted to her husband, who always called “Miss Ginny” his “bride”, and to her family and friends to whom she imparted much wisdom over the years.
She and Stan moved to the Pullman-Moscow area in 2002 to be near their daughter and became members of the Evangelical Free Church. In 2007, she suffered a devastating stroke which took away her ability to speak and eventually confined her to a wheelchair. She still delighted in seeing friends and family, going to church, and singing with the Bible study that met in her home. Taking a ride in the car to look at the flowers in bloom always brought a smile to her face. She never lost her great sense of humor and she taught us how to love unconditionally and sacrificially.
She was predeceased by her husband, Stanley in 2014. They were married for over 69 years. She is survived by her son Douglas S. France and wife Maxine; her daughter Connie Koal and her husband Jan; her only granddaughter Phoebe France and her husband Chris Blow as well as one brother Maxie Wright. She also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.
The family wishes to thank her wonderful caregivers that enabled her to stay at home for the nine years following her stroke: Joyce Kores, Joan Kamoye and Tito Siampala.
A graveside service will be held May 19th at 10:00 a.m.at the Moscow Cemetery followed by a Memorial Service at 11:30 at the Evangelical Free Church of the Palouse with Pastor Doug Busby officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the Deacon’s Fund at Evangelical Free Church of the Palouse.