Virginia Victoria Hawley

Date of Birth

February 28, 1925

Date of Death

November 29, 2017

Virginia Victoria Hawley passed away on November 29, 2017 with her beloved granddaughter, Maya Adams, by her side. Born in Los Angeles February 28, 1925. She moved to Santa Barbara in 1962 after getting her teaching credential and speech pathology degrees at UCSB.

Virginia taught 2nd grade at Hope school in the 60’s and was a speech therapist for many schools throughout the district through the 70’s.

She founded the Santa Barbara Folklorico Ensemble and taught folk dancing in public and private schools.
She supported the Museum of Natural History and the Santa Barbara Zoo as well as many other animal charities.

Preceded in death by her daughter, Virginia Marie Adams and son, John Charles Hawley, Virginia is survived by her granddaughter, Maya Adams and great grandson, Henry Adams Polli.

Virginia published four books of cat and nature poetry under the pen name, Kitty Duma.

Special thanks to the staff at Wellness Care Senior Living in Oak View for their loving kindness to Virginia.

A celebration of life will be held for her on December 16, 2017 at 2pm at 2720 Puesta del Sol. For details please contact Maya at

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Santa Barbara Humane Society.


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