Nov. 8, 1928 — Dec. 8, 2017
Virginia Lee Poppino was born Nov. 8, 1928 in Wallowa, Oregon, and went to be with the Lord on Dec. 8, 2017. Raised on the family farm until she was 9, the family moved to the Oregon Coast in 1937 due to her mother’s health.
Virginia attended schools in Olney, Seaside and Astoria before marrying Gene Poppino Sr. on June 28, 1946. Gene and Virginia traveled widely, visiting nearly every state before they settled down, not long after the birth of their son.
Living on the same property in Gearhart since 1959, they first had a mobile home before Gene built their new home in 1962. Virginia loved her view over the golf course, and got her wish to live in her own home until her death. Gene and Virginia were married 66 years prior to his passing in 2012.
Virginia enjoyed singing, golf, bowling, collecting golf balls she found on her walks near the golf course, and growing flowers. She was an excellent grandma and great-grandma, too.
She was one of the first waitresses when the Pig ’N Pancake opened in Seaside, and she worked there many years before moving into bookkeeping for the family Overhead Door business. She and Gene retired in 1990.
An active Christian, Virginia and Gene attended the Nehalem Valley Community Church for 35 years before relocating to the Lewis & Clark Bible Church in Astoria. Virginia was also active in the Gideon’s, where she served as the Memorial Bible Secretary for many years. She also served on the board of directors for the Child Evangelism Fellowship.
Virginia is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Gene and Anne; two grandsons, Adam and Joe; five great-grandchildren; as well as nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at Lewis & Clark Bible Church, 35082 Seppa Lane, Astoria, Oregon, on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at 11 a.m. Donations in Virginia’s memory can be made to The Gideon’s Memorial Bible Plan.