Obituary of Virginia Highley
Virginia “Ginny” Highly, age 86, passed away in Bellingham, WA on March 22, 2018. On June 2, 1931 little Virginia was born (in the back seat of a Ford Model T!) to Clarence and Mary Grace in Columbus, OH. Though born to Clarence, Ginny always considered her step-dad, Jerry Inama, to be her true father. A beautiful young woman, Ginny worked as a model, and won the Miss California title in 1949. This was one of her life’s highlights that she loved to reminisce over in her later years.
Ginny began her education in San Pedro, CA, taking a break to dedicate time to raising her family. Eventually she attended Whatcom Community College, and at the age of 61, earned her GED. In her free time, she loved visiting with friends playing bingo, card games, dining out at her favorite restaurants, and indulging in her favorite snack of all time: potato chips! Whatever the activity, Virginia was always surrounded by laughter, happiness, and good friends.
She will be remembered for her gorgeous smile, pretty blue eyes, and her laughter that brightened up any room. She was so sweet and happy and strong, with a fantastic sense of humor through good times or bad. Ginny was hardworking, courageous, compassionate, and a truly elegant lady.
Virginia is predeceased by her parents Jerry and Mary Inama, her birth father Clarence Grace, sister Maryann Coil, niece Linda Shuchy, and three husbands: Jack Easterwood, Bud Roberts, and Richard Highly.
She is survived by her children Gary Easterwood of San Diego, CA, Connie Gray of Bellingham, WA, and Sharon Williams; grandchildren Sabrina, Erik, Thomas, Brenda, and Kelly; nine great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson.
A graveside service will be held on Friday March 30, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Bayview Cemetery in Bellingham.
Flowers may be sent to Moles Farewell Tributes – 2465 Lakeway Dr. Bellingham.