VIRGINIA D. BROPHYVirginia D. Brophy, 84, a two year resident of Claremont, Calif. died peacefully on Oct. 9,
Virginia D. Brophy, 84, a two year resident of Claremont, Calif., died peacefully on Oct. 9, after a short illness.
She was born in Duluth, in 1928, one of eight children to John and Dorothy Newman.
She attended Catholic school for all of her 12 years, and graduated from Cathedral High School, class of 1946.
She married Jack M. Nelson in 1953 and lived in the Inland Empire with him until his death in 1990. During her marriage, she attended San Bernardino Valley College, and together they raised four children. She last worked for San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District and retired in the 1980's.
In 1992, she married Frank L. Brophy, and they had many happy years in Oceanside, Calif., before his death in 2011.
Virginia was a long time member of The Questers; an international organization whose purposes are to stimulate an appreciation of antiques and collectibles, and to encourage the preservation and restoration of antiquities and historic sites. It was a cause close to her heart. She most recently was a member of the El Camino Real chapter, and previously had been a member of the Zanja chapter for many years. At one time or another she held the office of president in both chapters.
She loved to garden, and help design the gardens in her last three homes. She also enjoyed reading and traveling. She and her late husband took many trips and cruises over the years of their marriage. One of her favorite places to visit was her hometown of Duluth, where her sister Carol still resides, along with some of her childhood friends.
She made many friends at Claremont manor where she resided the last two years, and will be missed by them. She liked having family visit her at her home there. She enjoyed shopping and collecting a variety of items, and many of her lovely things will continue to be enjoyed by her children and grandchildren.
She was most recently a member of Our Lady of Assumption parish in Claremont.
Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; her brother, John Newman; sisters Margaret Dixon, and Shirley Sundquist; and her grandson, Hunter Nelson.
Survivors include her brother Donald (Eleanor) Newman; sisters, Katherine Durand, Joanne Newman, and Carol Barnstorf; children Nancy (William) Ward, Elizabeth Nelson, Mark (Julie) Nelson, and Robert (Hailey) Nelson; eight grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.
VISITATION: 4 p.m. on Friday Oct. 18, in Draper Mortuary in Ontario, Calif. A funeral liturgy will be inOur Lady of Assumption church in Claremont, Calif., on Saturday Oct. 19, at 12:30. Burial will be at Riverside National Cemetery and will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The International Questers Fund in Phildelphia, Penn., or to a charity of your choice.
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