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Virginia H Majer

August 16, 1924 - December 24, 2021

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Virginia (Ginny) Holmes Majer
August 16, 1924 – December 24, 2021

After 97 years of a life fully lived, Virginia (Ginny) Holmes Majer, the matriarch of two families, passed away on Christmas Eve, 2021.

She was welcomed into this world by Garrett and Kathleen Holmes on August 16, 1924, in Columbus, Kansas. Her infancy was spent in Wyoming and Montana before the family moved to the Midwest, and settled in a suburb of Chicago, Downers Grove, Illinois.

She initially attended Monmouth College in Illinois, where she began her lifelong association with Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. After two years of college, she took a leave of absence to work supporting the WWII war effort. She worked in Chicago at the Federal Reserve Bank, the War Manpower Commission and the Army Air Forces. During this time, she also graduated from The Patricia Steven’s School of Modeling in Chicago. At the end of the war, she returned to college and attended Washington State University. Two years later she graduated with a BA in Home Economics.

During her time at WSU Ginny met and married her husband, Norman Majer, from Spokane. After graduating from college and living in California for a year, Ginny and Norman returned to Spokane. Norman joined the family business, Ernie Majer Ford, and she became a homemaker.

Ginny spent the following years volunteering for various and multiple civic, church and social organizations. Her two long time involvements were with her church, St. John’s Cathedral and her sorority. Playing the piano was a favorite activity, as was sewing and making many of her own clothes. Physical activity was a high priority for her. Ginny enjoyed gardening, walking, swimming, and water and snow skiing as well as exercise and fitness classes.

Of paramount importance to her was her avid commitment to reading and learning. She loved magazines and newspapers. She always had a book nearby and belonged to two book clubs. Ginny was happy that her love of books rubbed off on both of her children.

Traveling for pleasure and learning were at the top of her agenda. Trips on land, sea and rivers took her to Hawaii, Mexico, Alaska, Canada, England, Europe and the Caribbean.

When her children were both in college, she decided to give up volunteer work and became an original employee of Nordstrom when their store opened in Spokane. She worked there until she retired. During those years she particularly enjoyed applying what she learned in college to this world of textiles, clothing and fashion.

Around the time of the death of her husband, she moved to Rockwood South Retirement Community. Ginny enjoyed making new friends, going on “mystery trips”, Lunch Bunch ventures, exercise and water classes at the community center and most of all playing bridge and scrabble. The last few years of her life were spent in Sandpoint, Idaho, where she moved to be closer to her family.

Ginny believed her life was blessed and enriched by family and friends whom she treasured and cherished. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers. She is survived by her son, Chris, her daughter Kam, her son -in-law, Steve Dault and her granddaughter, Cheyenne Majer.

At her request, there will be no funeral service. Memorial gifts can be given in remembrance of Ginny to St. John’s Cathedral.

Please sign Ginny’s online guest book and leave your condolences for her family.