March 9, 1924 - June 8, 2012
Virginia "Ginny" Shepherd Allred, born on March 9, 1924, in Latah, Wash., passed away at her residence in Elk Grove, Calif., on June 8, 2012. Although Eastern Washington was her family home, Ginny and her husband, Richard, lived in many places throughout the U.S., including Missouri, Georgia, Texas, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin, garnering new friends in each location. They retired in Walla Walla, and lived there 33 years before she moved to Elk Grove in 2010 to be nearer to family.
Ginny was able to combine her passion for journalism with her vocation as a feature and human interest writer for newspapers in Texas and South Dakota, later volunteering her skills to serve several terms as National Publications Editor for the Women Marines Association and for six years as the Publicity Director for the Miss South Dakota Pageant. She received numerous state and national awards for her human interest stories.
Her other great passion was the Women Marines Association, enlisting and attaining the rank of sergeant in the Marine Corps during WWII. After stints as WMA area director and National Vice President, she served two terms as its National President and was named its National Service Award winner twice. Ginny was the author of the How To Manual for WMA Chapters and served for eight years as the editor of its quarterly publication, ‘Nouncements. Her duty station during her service was in San Francisco, which remained her favorite city throughout her life.
Her other many interests included: movies and movie stars, lifelong member of the Christian faith and the Central Christian Church in Walla Walla, where she had served as co-moderator of the board, a sports fan, NARFE, PTA, Bible school director and enjoyed travel. She retired as secretary to the Office of Counsel, Army Corps of Engineers in Walla Walla, in 1987.
Ginny was preceded in death by sisters, Dolores Shepherd, Mary Lee Rehill and Geri Lederer; her husband, Richard; and grandsons, Ross and Matthew. She is survived by her two sons, Rick in Cypress, Texas, and Ken in Elk Grove, Calif.; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She will be interred alongside her husband at Tehoma National Cemetery in Kent, Wash. A memorial service at the cemetery is anticipated to be held later this summer. Contributions in Ginny's name may be made to either the WMA's Women of the Corps History Project,
www.womenmarines.org/donate, 888-525-1943 or to the Elk Grove Regional Veterans Memorial, www.cosumneslegacyfoundation.org, 916-919-0645.