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Virginia Belle Richards Corrigall ’39

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Virginia Belle Richards Corrigall ’39, June 2, 2012, in Vale, Oregon. A passion for the landscape of eastern Oregon, acquired on childhood trips with her father, led Virginia to a job as a teacher in Harper, Oregon, after earning a BA from Reed in biology. In Harper, she taught biology, typing, P.E., and music. She also met James Corrigall, whose family owned a ranch in Westfall. In 1945, after James completed his military service, they married and moved to the Westfall ranch, where they raised three children and Virginia learned to cook, ride horses, and drive a tractor. She clerked for the school district, taught classes, directed school plays, performed on the piano, and volunteered with the PTA. She was president of the Westfall Mystery Club and volunteered for the Malheur County Home Extension Program. Following her husband’s death in 1995, Virginia stayed on at the ranch for many years. She was good-spirited and congenial to the end of her life. Survivors include two sons and a daughter, four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and her brother, Oren R. Richards ’45.

Appeared in Reed magazine: December 2012

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