Virginia Ruth Blodgett

October 2, 2012

By Contributor

Virginia Blodgett

Virginia Ruth Blodgett, who passed away Sept. 2, 2012, in San Marcos, Calif., made her home in Issaquah from 1979 until 2011.

Virginia, who was born in Kansas City, Mo., on July 11, 1920, was the daughter of William Bell Richards and Ella May Smith. Her father worked as a steward of a country club and later as a country club chef.

Virginia grew up in Missouri, moving several times within the state when her father changed jobs. In 1934, her family moved to Marceline, Mo., where her father ran the Sante Fe Lunch Room at the train station.

In 1936, after both of her parents had died, she went to live with her aunt and uncle in Mexico, Mo., where she graduated from high school in 1937.

During high school, she studied shorthand and typing, and so, after graduation, she went to work for the A.P. Green Fire Brick Co. as a stenographer. She was found to have excellent secretarial skills and was later promoted to personal secretary for one of the vice presidents of that company. She stayed with the company until 1949, when she moved to San Francisco to live with a recently widowed friend.

Virginia soon found employment with United Airlines in San Francisco, where she worked in an office on Union Square. In 1954, she became the secretary to the director of Public Relations for United Airlines. She moved both to Seattle, and then Chicago, during her tenure with United, finally returning to Seattle in 1958.

In 1959, she married Billy R. Blodgett. The couple made their home in North Seattle in an area now known as Shoreline. Virginia left United Airlines in late 1962. In 1963, she gave birth to their only child, Ann.

In 1966, the family moved to Southern California, where Virginia was very active in the school community, volunteering with the PTA, and later became the first school librarian at Morse Elementary School in Placentia, Calif. From 1977-79, she volunteered with the music boosters at Valencia High School, also in Placentia.

Virginia’s family moved back to Washington state in 1979, making their home in Issaquah. Virginia continued to volunteer in her new community. In 1989, she became clerk of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Issaquah, and remained the church clerk for 18 years. She also served many years as both assistant and Reading Room Librarian.

In early 2011, she moved to Southern California to be near her daughter and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Billy Ray Blodgett. She is survived by her daughter Ann Fradet (husband Jacques), of Valley Center, Calif., and her two grandchildren, Stefan and Chantal, also of Valley Center.

No public services are planned. Burial will be through the United States Navy Burial at Sea program as her husband was a World War II veteran.

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