Virginia A. "Ginger" Steve, 67, of Astoria, died Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, in Astoria.

She was born June 20, 1941, in Pittsburgh, Pa., to Harry and Marian (Croft) Wally. She was raised in Pittsburgh.

On Jan. 11, 1964 , she married Ed Steve in Pittsburgh. He survives, residing in Astoria. In 1977, the couple moved from Virginia Beach, Va., to Astoria.

Mrs. Steve was employed by Warrenton High School for more than 25 years as an educational assistant until her retirement in 2004.

She was a member of St. Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church and volunteered at the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce.

Family members said she enjoyed caring for her numerous houseplants and meeting with her local book and sewing clubs. She loved spending time with her grandchildren while they visited her on spring and summer breaks from school. She was an international traveler, who enjoyed the trips with her husband and traveling companions to Scandinavia, New Zealand, the Panama Canal and most recently, South America.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Michelle and John Barnes of Sherwood and Amy Steve of Beaverton; two grandchildren, Katie and Jacob Barnes of Sherwood; a sister-in-law and a brother-in-law, Andrea and Tom Burns of Richmond, Va.; an aunt, Dolores Croft of Valencia, Pa.; a brother and sister-in-law, Pete and Suzanne Wally of Okeechobee, Fla.; a niece, Tara Wally of Pompano Beach, Fla.; and a nephew, Michael Wally of Fort Myers, Fla.

A funeral Mass will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Astoria.

Private interment will take place at Ocean View Cemetery in Warrenton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the local Relay for Life, Lower Columbia Hospice or the charity of one's choice, in care of Caldwell's Luce-Layton Mortuary, 1165 Franklin Ave., Astoria, OR 97103.

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