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Virginia Irene Giese


Last updated 2/19/2019 at 4:44pm

Virginia Irene Giese, 93, longtime Moses Lake resident, passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, February 1, 2019.

She was preceded in death by infant twin daughters, her parents Fredrick and Anna Marie Horst, brother Fredrick (Fritz) Lavern Horst, her husband Manford and granddaughter Niki Melvin. Funeral services were held at Kayser's Chapel of Memories in Moses Lake, followed by graveside services at the Odessa Cemetery.

Virginia was born January 18, 1926 to the late Frederick and Anna Marie Horst in Puyallup, Wash. She livedwith her parents and brother in Puyallup before her family moved east of the mountains, where they lived in the farming towns of Washtucna, Irby and Odessa. She attended high school in Odessa and graduated in 1944. She married Manford Laverne Giese on September 8, 1946, and they made their home in the Odessa area working for local ranchers.

She and Manford enjoyed playing cards with their friends on Saturday nights. She and her family moved to Moses Lake in 1963 and bought their home on Rainier Road in Cascade Valley where she lived until her death. She was a homemaker, caring for her family and growing a big garden each summer which led to many hours canning the produce. She enjoyed taking care of her roses during the spring and summer months. She loved to read, doing word search puzzles, working on jigsaw puzzles and spent many hours crocheting or knitting. She enjoyed visits with neighbors for a cup of coffee and a doughnut or cookies. She loved chocolates, ice cream drizzled with syrup and candied popcorn. She was a kind and generous person, with a smile for everyone, and she will be missed dearly by family and friends.

Survivors include two daughters Patty Melvin (Larry) of Meridian, Idaho and Nancy Leach (Charley) of Moses Lake; one son Brian Giese (Nanette) of Moses Lake; seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

The family suggests that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society.

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