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Celebrating Ginger

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While reading this the mysterious, and maybe mythical, Easter Bunny is out hiding colored eggs and delivering chocolate bunnies and marshmallow Peeps to girls and boys of all ages. Today my family is gathering to celebrate the life and passing of one of our own.

Virginia Lee Dorris was born on April 15, 1938, and went home to be with Jesus after a long hard illness on March 30, 2014. She has been a member of my family for as long as I can remember. Somewhere I have a photo of her son Rick and I all dressed up for Easter in about 1966. She and my cousin Oletha Parsons have been best friends and roommates for more than half a century.

The last 30 years or so I have called Virginia “Ginger.” Trying to recall when I started calling her that, I flashed back to 1988. That year Oletha’s sister Louise and husband Jim Scott celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They lived out of state at the time but were home visiting Madera with their young son Ryan Curtis Scott who we called Scooter. Ryan called Virginia “Aunt Ginger.” I must have taken a shine to the nickname and started calling her Ginger too.

People will remember Virginia from her days as a popular waitress. She worked at the best Madera restaurants and coffee shops including Madera Valley Inn, Farnesi’s, DiCicco’s and the Fruit Basket. She also worked at another long gone drive-in, called simply the Orange Stand, north of Madera out on State Route 99. Ginger was a tiny woman and a great little waitress...


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