Virginia Loretta Rathbun, the daughter of Horace and Florence Blackburn Rathbun, was born June 2, 1924, in Sioux City, Iowa, where she lived and received her early education, graduating from Central High School in 1942. She attended comptometer school and worked in Sioux City at Fairmont and the Army Air Force Base PX. Virginia married Joseph Perry Griffin on March 3, 1945, in Sioux City. They moved to Spencer in 1961. In 1969 they moved to Lake Okoboji where they made their home until returning to Spencer in 1987.
Virginia worked at Armour and Company, Clay County Treasurer's Office, Spencer and Spirit Lake Community Schools, and as a salesperson associated with Ken Roberts Realty and Schmidt Real Estate, both of Spirit Lake.
A member of the United Methodist Church, she served on boards and committees at Whitfield, Grace, and Calvary United Methodist Churches. She had been a member of Arpoki Federated Club, Rose Croix and Evening Shade Chapters O.E.S., and participated with Joe in Shrine activities. She was a member of Red Rockers Red Hats.
Virginia was a Cub, Boy, Brownie and Girl Scout leader, PTA President, Rainbow for Girls Mother Advisor, Sunday school teacher, and MYF adviser. She served as president of Iowa Great Lakes Board of Realtors and on the Board of Directors of Spencer Community Concert Series. Her hobbies were golf, dancing to big bands, flower gardening, and bird watching. Her family was her greatest joy.
At the age of 85 Virginia died March 9, 2010, at Lakes Regional Healthcare, Spirit Lake.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe, in 1996; her parents; grandson Daniel; and sister- and brother-in-law Jean and Bob Runyan.
Virginia is survived by son, John Jay Griffin and his wife, Virginia of Frankfort, Ill.; daughter, Judy Hemphill and her husband, Don of Spencer; AFS Exchange son, Jens Rasmussen of Managua, Nicaragua; grandchildren: Kim Griffin and her husband Stephen Baker of Chicago, Ill.; Ben Hemphill of Denver, Colo.; Libby Hemphill of Chicago; AFS grandchildren Mette and Mads Rasmussen of Copenhagen, Denmark; stepgrandchildren: Teri and her husband, Marty Flanagan, of Worth, Ill., and Dana Plummer of Frankfort, Ill.; great-grandchildren, Carter and Jonas Baker; stepgreat-grandchildren: Darien, Justine, Karra and Mikala Flanagan, Heather, Brittnee, and Shannon Plummer; brother, William Jay Rathbun, of Lacey, Wash.; and sister- and brother-in-law Mary and Ed Danley of Niles, Mich,; other relatives, golf pals and friends including a special group from childhood.
Virginia donated her body to the anatomy department of Mayo Clinic. Memorials will be shared with Lakes Regional Healthcare Hospice and American College of Rheumatology.