Virginia “Ginger” Morrissey

Date of Birth

June 15, 1927

Date of Death

April 16, 2017

Virginia “Ginger” Morrissey was born Virginia Lee Blankenship on June 15th, 1927 in Russel Springs, Kentucky to Marvin & Annie (Hale) Blankenship. She passed peacefully on April 16th 2017 at the age of 89 years 10 months & 1 day.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister’s Dorothy & Thelma, her husband Thomas, her son Michael, a great-granddaughter & a great-great grandson.

She met & married Thomas Francis in Illinois in 1947 & gave birth to her 1st son Michael Allen in 1948. The family moved to California in the early 1950’s & she gave birth to her 2nd son James Francis in 1956. In 1961 the family moved to Santa Barbara, CA. where they lived ever since.

Virginia was active for many years with the Arthritis Foundation, the VFW Post 5656 ladies auxiliary, & she was a dedicated volunteer for the VA hospital for 8 years.

Although she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s many years ago, she knew her family till the end. She is survived by her son James, 5 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 5 great-great grandchildren, her brother’s James & Charles Blankenship (IL), her sister Jean Stenger (UT) & numerous nieces & nephews.

Although small in stature, she was big in heart. Her love & laughter will truly be missed.

Private services will be held graveside on May 3rd 2017

Calvary Cemetery
199 North Hope Ave
Santa Barbara, CA, US, 93110

Online memorial at!/TributeWall


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