Virginia Louise (McCrea) Hartley was born in Canton, Ohio on April 2, 1924 to Thelma (Frank) McCrea and Alfred McCrea. She was the eldest of four children. Her siblings, Glen McCrea, and twins Geraldine Hill and Gerald McCrea, all preceded her in death.
As a young adult she worked in retail at Five and Dime stores.
She met Robert Hartley on a blind date in 1946 and they married on June 18, 1947. He preceded her in death in 2010.
During their engagement she lived in Southern California, eventually returning to Ohio to marry and start their life together.
Virginia had three children, Herman Hartley, and twins, Roberta Paulitz and Robin Arries. She also had eight Grandchildren and thirteen Great-Grandchildren.
In 1953 they moved to Southern California where she loved gardening and designed beautiful flower beds for their home. She volunteered as a Camp Fire Girl leader and loved to sew for her family. At the age of 45 she made the jump to get her driver’s license.
Once the children were sufficiently grown, she took a job in the school district working as a lunch monitor and teachers aide. She did this for almost 20 years. She also enjoyed painting ceramics, as well as working with Bob to make wooden yard art.
She enjoyed traveling and making home movies/videos and photography. She and Bob traveled to England, Scotland and Denmark with her brother Gerald and his wife Margaret. It was a cherished memory for her over the years and she kept many mementos.
In 1989 they moved to North Idaho to retire close to family and fulfill one of Bob's desires to retire in the Pacific Northwest.
Virginia liked a challenge and did Spokane's Bloomsday Run/Walk Race (7.2) miles twice with Roberta.
Bob and Virginia enjoyed senior lunches at the Post Falls Senior Center. Virginia also took up bingo which became a huge passion in her later years. After Bob's passing Virginia lived with family. Later she moved to an independent living facility where she was known for her keen game interest in Bingo, Help Your Neighbor, and card games. She seems to have acquired Bob's luck at winning and was known as the “Bingo Queen”.
Virginia had a knack for keeping herself healthy and lived to be 97 years old. She passed on January 23. Coincidentally that would have been Bob's 99th Birthday. We don't think this was just accidental!
Virginia requested her final arrangements be simple. An interment of her ashes at Evergreen Cemetery will occur later this Spring.