ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our mother, Virginia Zumwalt, 84 years old, born on May 8, 1936, and passed away on March 18, 2021. She will forever be known for her wit and humor and we will miss her deeply.

Come join for a CELEBRATION of Ginger's Life

Date:           April 10, 2021

Time:          11:00 AM

Place:         New Hope Community Church

Address:    4620 East Nees Ave. 
                   Clovis, Ca 93611
Posted by Ron Kellogg on April 14, 2021
Mom, there are so many things I want to say but the biggest one is I miss you so much. I miss your smile, I miss your voice and I miss your laugh. You are my strength and wisdom that is so needed in this world we live in today and even though I can no longer see you with my eyes or touch you with my hands, I feel you in my heart. I cherish the memories I have of growing up and growing old and wouldn’t change a thing as it has made me a better man today. Please give everyone a big hug and know I will see you someday.

Love everlasting
Ron
Posted by Lindsey Kellogg on April 12, 2021
Grandma Ginger, I'm so glad you got to meet your great granddaughter Sophia. Your spirit and conviction for life is something I will always remember. Your wit and sense of humor was always something I looked forward to when we were able to talk. I am certain many of your positive traits such as having a variety of hobbies, loving to cook, and your love of dogs will live on through me and my children. You are missed in so many ways but I know you will live on through the many wonderful memories we all have and share.
-Love you Grandma.
Posted by Julie Sons on April 11, 2021
My mom had the best sense of humor and I will definitely miss her laughter and her nightly calls to ask me 'what's for dinner'?

At her house there is a plaque above an archway leading in the kitchen that states: Live Well, Love Much, Laugh Often! I think it says it all, although there is another one nailed on the front door that says “Beware of the Troll” so I‘m not sure which one is more fitting! My mom would always tell me don’t say you’re “just kidding” after you say something funny; “I know when you’re kidding” and so I won’t say it because my mom knows it’s funny and I am just kidding.

Mom, I know you were always very proud of me in my life and even though the loss of you has left a huge void in my heart the memories I have of your love will last forever. Keep my spot warm until I see you again! I love you
Posted by Timothy Kellogg on April 5, 2021
Goodbye mom. I can't count the number of times you counseled me, offered encouragement when I had my ups and downs, or just simply understood. You were a fantastic mother and person -- loving, caring, and enduring. I will miss you.
Your loving son.
Posted by Leslie Watson-Hollinsead on April 1, 2021
Ginger had a generosity of spirit and compassionate and loving heart, encased in a sense of humor and pragmatic approach to life. Although it has been some time since I last saw Ginger, I will never forget her - she was a great mother-in-law and friend, and will be greatly missed.

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Posted by Ron Kellogg on April 14, 2021
Mom, there are so many things I want to say but the biggest one is I miss you so much. I miss your smile, I miss your voice and I miss your laugh. You are my strength and wisdom that is so needed in this world we live in today and even though I can no longer see you with my eyes or touch you with my hands, I feel you in my heart. I cherish the memories I have of growing up and growing old and wouldn’t change a thing as it has made me a better man today. Please give everyone a big hug and know I will see you someday.

Love everlasting
Ron
Posted by Lindsey Kellogg on April 12, 2021
Grandma Ginger, I'm so glad you got to meet your great granddaughter Sophia. Your spirit and conviction for life is something I will always remember. Your wit and sense of humor was always something I looked forward to when we were able to talk. I am certain many of your positive traits such as having a variety of hobbies, loving to cook, and your love of dogs will live on through me and my children. You are missed in so many ways but I know you will live on through the many wonderful memories we all have and share.
-Love you Grandma.
Posted by Julie Sons on April 11, 2021
My mom had the best sense of humor and I will definitely miss her laughter and her nightly calls to ask me 'what's for dinner'?

At her house there is a plaque above an archway leading in the kitchen that states: Live Well, Love Much, Laugh Often! I think it says it all, although there is another one nailed on the front door that says “Beware of the Troll” so I‘m not sure which one is more fitting! My mom would always tell me don’t say you’re “just kidding” after you say something funny; “I know when you’re kidding” and so I won’t say it because my mom knows it’s funny and I am just kidding.

Mom, I know you were always very proud of me in my life and even though the loss of you has left a huge void in my heart the memories I have of your love will last forever. Keep my spot warm until I see you again! I love you
her Life

Celebration of Life

Date:           April 10, 2021

Time:          11:00 AM

Place:         New Hope Community Church

Address:    4620 East Nees Ave. 
                   Clovis, Ca 93611




My obituary

Virginia Lee Kellogg Zumwalt (Nelson), affectionately called Ginger, was born in Clovis on May 10, 1936, and died in Fresno during the early morning of March 18, 2021 after a short illness, age 84 years. Ginger believed in writing her own obituary, and the words below are her own. She wanted to do this so those who knew her can hear her voice speaking.

"My life was not extraordinary, and not unlike too many people in the world. I was born, married twice, had five wonderful children...and then I died. In between I had some laughs, and some tears. As I reflect on the past, there seems to have been more joys than sorrows, or at least I remember more of the joyous times. Then again, maybe time has soften the sorrows. I shall not regret leaving this world on this date and place, but I am sorry to leave family and friends, but I know I will see them again: my two handsome sons Tim from Berkeley, and Ron who lives in Clovis; and my beautiful daughter Julie and her husband David Sons from Clovis. Also my youngest son John, who unexpectedly died in 2019, and my precious Susan, who died so many years ago; both of whom I will see shortly. Five great grand kids, sister Carole in Clovis, and my brother Steve from Portland, Oregon. My other brother Rich sadly preceded me in death in January 2021.

My significant others in life were my many dogs: Jessie Lee and Scruffy, who thanked my everyday for bringing her to live with me in this doggie paradise, and my half-blind Charlie Brown, who matches my eyesight these days. But such fun we have had. My dearest Charlie Brown proceeded me to Heaven and is waiting for me there I miss him so. Jessie Lee also passed, but Scruffy found a good home in Canada.

It is time to bid you all adieu until we meet again. I wish you joy in the morning, watch for green lights at signals, and better than average boards at the bridge table. Love always"

--Ginger (written February, 2015)

As well as above she is now survived by 8 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

To my children

Mom's message to her children...

"To all my children. I have tried to make things easy for you all as best I could. My life was good, and I don't regret leaving this world for a better place. I will be joining all the wonderful people that have gone before me. I expect all of you to follow me and we will meet again. I love you all and have a good life and love one another. Love always"

Love, Mom
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My dear mother in law

Shared by David Sons on April 11, 2021
I’ve known Ginger for 37 years and she’s always got a joke she wants to say. She always told me Julie was going to be just like her and she was right. I miss her phone calls each night and on occasion in the morning to ask me what’s for dinner and “is she awake yet”. I love you Ginger and will miss you great