Virginia began life on November 28th, 1925, the youngest of five girls born to Alice and Kenneth Kinnard. The family grew up a short walk away from grandparents, Alice and Thomas Richmond. The Richmond’s had settled in Vernon in 1911 and had a farm on Pleasant Valley Road. Christmas’s would find all three generations heading out BX Road on a horse drawn sleigh to find their Christmas tree.
Virginia met William (Bill) Markle while still attending school in Vernon. They would marry on June 10, 1946. Ginny and Bill lived in Vancouver for a short period but returned to Vernon where Bill was employed by Okanagan Equipment. Virginia worked, along with her father, at Associated Growers.
With dedication and love, they raised four children while owning and managing a successful business. Mom was a very resourceful and creative person. She spent countless hours sewing and knitting clothes for her family. Always enterprising and fearless, she tackled any job, from helping Bill build a cabin on Okanagan Lake to wielding a pick axe to install a pool — she was unstoppable.
Ginny followed in her mother’s dedication to Trinity United Church. She was a long time member and belonged to the women’s group. She also volunteered her time to various causes over the years.
Ginny and Bill travelled extensively, enjoying adventures in many places including China, Mongolia, Russia, Australia, England and Europe.
On Friday, June 28, 2013, Ginny passed away peacefully at Heritage Square. She will always be lovingly remembered by her family.
Virginia was predeceased by her husband, Bill Markle in 1992; sister Norma Ross; sister and brothers-in-law: Helen and Norman McGee, Kenna and Pat Worth, Doris and Lloyd Beattie; and by one grandson, Brodie Schultz. She is survived by her children: Lea (Paul) Worth, Robert (Julia) Markle, Wendy Schultz, and Ron (Clarice) Markle; grandchildren: Sean and Jamie Worth, Ryan and Danny Schultz, Keiren and Devon Markle; great grandchildren: Evan, Hannah, Nathan, Curtis, Jaida, Cooper; and by her brother-in-law, Jack Ross.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Those friends wishing to make memorial contributions in memory of Ginny may do so to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation or to the B. C. Cancer Society. A family service will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Pleasant Valley Funeral Home, Phone: 250-542-4333.