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Virginia Lee Killingsworth

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Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2019 2:24 pm

Virginia Killingsworth, a widely-known and loved Coronado resident, was sent to heaven on May 22, 2019. She passed away peacefully of natural causes, surrounded by her loving family. She was 87 and had lived in Coronado since 1963.

“A most fulfilling life well-lived,” is the best way to describe Virginia’s time on earth. She survived the Great Depression and natural disasters, a cross-country move and World War II, before she found Coronado, where she and husband Bill raised six children.

Born April 28, 1932, Virginia was one of four children born to Charles and Gertrude Hawblitzel. She was born in rural Bertrand, MI at the dawn of the Great Depression.

Virginia graduated from high school at Pasadena City College (PCC) in 1950. After high school, Virginia attended junior college at PCC and graduated as a beautician in 1951. It was in Pasadena she met the love of her life, William Killingsworth, whom she had dated since junior high school. Virginia and Bill were married on January 27, 1952.

In January 1963 Virginia and Bill, with four children in tow, moved to Coronado. She and Bill became active in Sacred Heart Church and School, the Parent-Teacher Group, and Boy Scouts. Here, Virginia worked as a homemaker and a beautician. She began doing ladies’ perms out of her home before demand pushed her to manage a new salon owned by the Mexican Village, in about 1968.

Virginia worked at the salon for a number of years before relocating and working alongside Bill at the Top Deck Barber Salon. Bill had worked at Leo’s Barber Shop on Orange Avenue since 1956. Eventually he purchased the shop and named it Bill’s Barber Shop. Several years later, he moved the shop to 1st and B, and renamed it the Top Deck.

Virginia lived her life by the philosophy that you laugh at your own mistakes, not those of your friends. And you always think the best of everybody.

Throughout her long life she enjoyed her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, traveling and camping, and later exploring the U.S. in the family RV. She and Bill took international cruises together. She enjoyed swimming and tandem bicycling. She and Bill bicycled extensively throughout California and Europe. She loved her work and she loved her life. Bicycling became her ongoing and open door to adventure.

Their first Coronado home was on Pomona Avenue. Virginia remembered how the freight train chugged up the Silver Strand and up Pomona to North Island Navy Base every Thursday morning at 11 a.m., and how her four young children would stand outside and wave at the engineer.

In 1964 Virginia took the bus to Hollywood and was a contestant on TV’s Truth or Consequences, with host Ralph Edwards. Her challenge was to call someone out of the phone book on live TV, someone she didn’t know. She then had to keep that person on the phone for three minutes. Virginia won $50 and a BBQ grill.

She loved that the town doctor, Dr. Don Dill, would make house calls. When her youngest was born, they had to call Dr. Dill at Marco’s Restaurant, where he was in the middle of dinner. After the delivery, he had the nurse pull a cold Marco’s pizza out of the hospital refrigerator for her.

Over their long years in Coronado, Virginia and family would live on Pomona, Margarita, and J Avenue. They were able to buy the 1914-built home on J Avenue in 1965, where she lived until her passing.

Virginia will long be cherished and remembered as a beloved wife, mother, and best friend. She was happy and fun-loving, with boundless energy and an enthusiasm for life. She had a big sense of adventure, and a positive, uplifting spirit that brought to all her friends and family much happiness, laughter, and love.

Virginia is survived by her husband Bill Killingsworth of Coronado; sons Steve of Fountain Hills, AZ; Kevin (Michelle) of Mill Valley, CA; and Scott “Serge” (Nancy) of Tigard, OR.

She is also survived by daughters Kim Killingsworth of Nashville, TN; Marla Weston (Greg) of Traverse City, MI; and Kelli Killingsworth (Nicolás Hernández) of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Also surviving her are her eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The third great-grandchild was born May 1, 2019.

Virginia Killingsworth donated her body to science. A memorial service Mass will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, July 8. It will be held at Sacred Heart Church, followed by a reception at 11:30 a.m. at the Winn Room in the Coronado Public Library.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made “In Memory of Virginia Killingsworth,” to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.