Virginia Belle Coble died March 14.

She was born Virginnia Belle Osborn on June 3, 1922, to Andrew Osborn and Virginia Mae VanHoy in Crane.

Virginia lived almost all of her life in Harney County. She was a rancher and a cattlewoman from Riley along with her first husband, Jess Gibson, where they raised their three daughters. Jess and Virginia divorced in 1959, and Virginia continued to ranch and drive the high school bus for more than 27 years. Some of her favorite pastimes were sewing and bowling.

She met Jay Coble at a New Year’s Eve party in 1984. Virginia and Jay married on May 26, 1984. They had 21 great years together, taking many trips and visiting their children and grandchildren, until Jay died in 2005.

Virginia went to live at The Aspens in 2007, where she made even more friends and enjoyed many visits from all of her family. While at The Aspens, she served as Pioneer Day Queen in 2008. In 2010, she was moved to Ashley Manor, where she resided until her death.

Virginia is survived by her daughters, Edna Brown and husband Ron, Beth Jennings and husband Terry and Barbara Turrell and husband Phil; grandchildren, Linda Brown, Janet Yee and husband Dennis, Danny Brown and wife Karen, Shelley Garcia and husband Danny, Sherri Lynn Prather, Nicki Reed and husband Tom, Donna Martinez and husband Bennie, Robin Stendel and partner Brian, Tom Walters and wife Michelle, Bill Walters and wife Joyce, Shelley Tingy, James Roland and wife Deanne, Todd Roland and wife Connie, Brent Chester and wife Shannon and Rita Miller and husband Ralph; 25 great-grandchildren; eight-great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jay Coble; sister, Mary Munsey; daughter, Evelyn M. Hinton; step-daughter, Judy Chester; step-son, Ron Coble; and grandson, Scott Smith.

Her funeral will be held at LaFollette’s Chapel Wednesday, March 20, at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like all donations or rememberances to be made in Virginia Coble’s name to the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.

Interment will be in the Burns Cemetery.


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