Virginia “Ginny” Strawn was born December 13, 1952, in
Stayton, Oregon, to Thurman and Jeanette (Grover) Swain. The
family lived in Oregon and California, where Thurman worked on
cars in Hollywoood for some of the movie stars of the day. One
star even gave him a limousine.
also known as “Ginny”, was introduced to a man on her
parents bowling league. The couple began dating and on
December 17, 1982, Ginny married Lawrence Edward Strawn. While
living in the LaPine area, Lawrence and Ginny became parents
to a son, Jared. The family enjoyed doing things out doors in
the central Oregon area. One of their favorite places was the
White Fish Hole where they would fish, camp, and hunt.
1985, the family moved to the Colton area and there the family
grew by another son and daughter, Angela and Michale. Ginny
was a homemaker and loved her kids, and anyone else’s kids
for that matter, and she spent a lot of time taking them on
outings. Those adventures included trips to see grandparents
and riding the train at the coast. Ginny also served as troop
leader to the kids’ co-ed Blue Bird group.
family they still made trips to the LaPine area and continued
to hunt, fish, and camp, for a few years, but eventually began
staying in the valley rather than travelling east for trips.
Ginny loved all animals and the family had plenty of them on
their land, including pigs, goats, cats, dogs, a pot-bellied
pig in the house, and a pet skunk to name a few. No matter
where she lived, Ginny always at least had cats and dogs.
Lawrence passed away on February 21, 2003, Ginny remained at
their home in Colton until 2006 when she moved to the Salem
area. She enjoyed all types of crafts including painting,
creating doll furniture, and woodworking. Ginny collected
porcelain dolls and had over 100 of them.
was kind, loving, and easygoing and would forgive anyone for
anything, even to her detriment at times. But that was who she
was, always putting others before herself. And she absolutely
loved her grandkids and would give them all she had and even
more. Spending time with and spoiling the grandkids is what
she lived for. She will be greatly missed by her loved ones
she leaves behind.
was preceded in death by her husband Lawrence, her parents,
and her brothers Thurman and Brian. She is survived by her
children Jared Strawn, Angela (Justin) Wendell, and Michale
(Mackenzie) Strawn; siblings Valerie Coleman, Joanne (James)
Elskamp, Patricia Swain, Debbie (Joe) Cavazos, Brenda Bravo,
Linda (Ron) Taverne, and David Swain; grandchildren Jamie,
Chelsea, Cameron, Rileigh, Kylie, Aaliyah, and Rachel.
Celebration of life will be May 6 at 1 PM at Capital Baptist
Church in Salem. Please leave online condolences at