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Virginia "Mamadeen" (King) Spinden

March 2, 1941 ~ March 4, 2020 (age 79)

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Virginia Maudeen “Mama Deen” Spinden was born on March 2, 1941 in St. Helens, Oregon to parents, Marvin and Harriett (VanDolah) King. She died on March 4, 2020 at her home in Hermiston, Oregon at the age of 79 years. Virginia was the first of eight children. She grew up in the small town of Yankton, Oregon. Virginia was united in marriage to John Spinden on November 15, 1958 at the age of 17. Together they raised three children: Virginia Laurie, John Ross and Brian Jay. She helped supplement the family income in the early years working at different places; Rexall Drug Store at the lunch counter, Dairy Queen and at the Hinkle Hotel in the kitchen. Virginia later worked for 27 years at Lamb Weston, with more than 20 years as the day shift janitor. A job she took great pride in doing. Everyone from Lamb Weston and Hinkle (UPRR) remember her cakes, brownies and other goodies that she made for special occasions. John and Virginia spent their retirement years traveling to Hawaii, going on many cruises, and several road trips with John's brothers and wives, Steve and Vivian, and Jim and Debbie.
She loved Christ Jesus and her church family at The Church of God.
She is survived by her loving and devoted husband: John Spinden; daughter: Laurie Taft (Ron); sons: John Ross Spinden (Kathleen) and Brian Jay Spinden (Debora); grandchildren: Patricia, Eric, Neal, Royce, Jason, Jeremy, Christopher, Stella, Mickell, Lilliann, Joshua, Ben, Emily, Erika, Rachel; great grandchildren: Hope, Tori, Svetlana, Jason(JR), Jeffery, Skylar, Taygen, Avery, Tim, Ryder, Alana, Charlie, Luke, Casey, Tyler, Kaleah and one on the way. Adopted great-grandsons Hayden and Magnus and adopted grand-daughter Elisa. Sisters Margaret Dillon and Una Thomas, brother Allen King (Jean). Many loving and loved nieces and nephews.
 Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, siblings: Raymond, Louis, Joseph and Vivian.        
 Celebration of Life at West Park, by the nature trails below McNary Dam, will be catered on July 11, 2020 fron Noon til 4:00 P.M.. Please come, mingle, share your memories of Virginia Maudeen "Mamadeen".
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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon is in care of arrangements.

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Celebration of Life
July 11, 2020

12:00 PM
West Park
McNary Dam
Umatilla, OR 97882
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