November 8, 1925
October 20, 2015
Virginia (Ginny) had a big heart and a big life. A Colorado native, she was born in Las Animas where she was raised by her grandmother. After high school, she helped with the war effort, working on B 25s at the La Junta Air Base. She later moved to Denver with girlfriends to start a new life. She had a very active life, working, skiing, dancing, loving life and the freedom of being on her own.
She met and married Earl Maholland, and she was ready to settle down and raise her family, but she never gave up loving life! She was a wise woman that taught her children so many life lessons, more by example than by words. She taught them to know the difference between right and wrong, the value of being honest and working hard, to never give up on your dreams, and the importance of having fun. And they learned that she would always be there for them, no matter what happened. In the last few years, she taught them to live in the moment and to enjoy the “little things.”
Over the years, Virginia worked at many places, including Mountain Bell, AAA, Page and Page, Digby Trucking, Pinehurst Country Club, and the Federal Government (Bureau of Mines, Selective Service, NPS). She retired from the National Park Service, which was her favorite job. She always said that the people she worked with were like her second family, and she loved that she was included in luncheons and activities after she retired.
Besides her family and friends, Ginny loved nature and being outdoors, rain or shine. She loved adventure: snow skiing, water skiing, camping and riding on Earl’s motorcycle. She loved taking long walks on the Wheat Ridge Greenbelt, at Crown Hill and any other natural area. She celebrated her 85th birthday with a 3 mile walk with her family. She loved traveling and took memorable trips to Mexico, Hawaii, and Europe. She loved her yard and garden, spending hours outdoors pulling weeds and shoveling snow. She loved just looking at the beautiful Colorado blue sky and cloud formations.
Virginia will be remembered for her kindness, her integrity, her witty sense of humor, and her willingness to help others. She will be forever loved and missed by all of us that had the opportunity to know her on her life journey. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl, and her sister, Vivian Ritchie. She is survived by her sister: Vera Geyer, her children: Terry Maholland, Mike and his wife, Senja Maholland, and Kim Smith, her grandchildren: Ginny Smith and Joey Smith, great grandson: Jonathan, and her faithful niece and her husband: Bernice and Dennis Miller as well as her other loving nieces.
A private family service will be held. If any friend wants to leave a memorial in her memory, smile at a child, be kind to a stranger, give a gift to your favorite charity, or just look up in wonder at the clouds.
The poem was found in Ginny’s desk:
MISS ME BUT LET ME GO
When I come to the end of the road, and the sun has set for me,
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room. Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little but not for too long, and not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that we once shared. Miss me but let me go.
For this is a journey we all must take, and each must go alone.
It’s all a part of the Master’s plan, a step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick at heart, go to the friends we know,
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.
Miss me, but let me go.