Virginia Shrimplin

7/28/2012

Virginia "LeJuan" Shrimplin, 79, of Manhattan, died from lung cancer Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.

Virginia "LeJuan" Shrimplin, 79, of Manhattan, died from lung cancer Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.

She was born July 3, 1933, in Sayre, Okla., to James Charles and Ethel Mae Smith.

After graduating from Central State University of Oklahoma, she moved to Deerfield to begin her teaching and career in business. She married Thomas E. “Pete” Shrimplin on Aug. 12, 1956, in Okmulgee, Okla. They farmed north of Holcomb before moving to Alta Vista, then to Hope and later to Manhattan.

Mrs. Shrimplin was employed as a business teacher during the time she raised her children. After moving to Manhattan, she shifted teaching to the Kansas State University Business Department for Fort Riley students. She continued her career, working for Waddell and Reed, then owning and running H&R Block income tax stores. Upon retirement, she became a full-time active volunteer for various groups in Manhattan. Her focus was the Riley County Genealogical Society. She and her husband also traveled internationally, focusing on genealogical studies and World War II historical sites.

In addition to her husband, survivors include a daughter, Charla Jean "Charlie" Shrimplin and her significant other, Craig F. Genovese, both living in the Mojave National Preserve of Cima, Calif.; and a granddaughter, Chelsea "Frances" Shrimplin of Bloomington, Ind. She was preceded in death by a son, Jay Charles Shrimplin; and a sibling, Vonda.

A memorial service will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home in Manhattan.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Condolences may be left at www.ymlfuneralhome.com. Memorials are suggested to Good Shepherd Hospice House, 3801 Vanesta Drive, Manhattan, KS 66503, or you may contact them at (785) 537-0688 or (800) 748-7474 or visit www.homecareandhospice.org and click on donations. Contributions also may be sent in care of the funeral home, 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502.

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