age 96, died peacefully surrounded by her family on February 24, 2021 at her home in Carson City, Nevada.
Virginia was born on October 4, 1924 in Duluth, Minnesota. She graduated from Morgan Park High School in 1942; an accomplishment she was very proud of. After graduation Virginia took a job with the Northwest Bell Telephone Company in Duluth. There she was employed as a switchboard operator. Virginia met her husband to be, Raymond Leone, also of Duluth, Minnesota, at a dance. In 1943, Raymond was drafted. Upon his discharge from service, Virginia and Raymond married on May 6, 1946. Their marriage would last for 65 years. Together they raised two sons and one daughter.
Virginia had many talents. She enjoyed music and dancing and taught herself to play the organ. She was an excellent baker. Her pasties and lemon méringue pies were unforgettable. She also excelled in sports, and overtime became an accomplished skier. Hiking, however, was a big part of her and Raymond’s life. Together they shared a profound love of nature, and a great sense of peaceful enjoyment whenever they were out on the trails.
When it came time to retire, Virginia and Raymond moved to Carson City, Nevada. With the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains at their door step, the opportunities for both hiking and skiing were endless. This was their paradise, and for the next 15 years they would embrace this lifestyle.
After the passing of Raymond, Virginia continued hiking. She shared her passion for hiking with her sons, daughter, grandchildren and her great-grandchildren almost up to the end of her days.
As soon as the Snow Flowers appear, a family hike around Spooner Lake, will be planned to celebrate her life.