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Virginia Spells Obituary

Virginia Lee Spells
Virginia Lee Spells

February 5, 1932 - August 4, 2020
Born in Briartown, Oklahoma
Resided in Monterey, California
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Virginia (Ginny) Lee (Reynolds Moranda) Spells passed away Tuesday, August 4th at 11:45 pm in Salinas, California at 88 years old. She had spent the past four years at Ave Maria Convalescent Hospital in Monterey, California & was ready to pass, due to complications from lewy body dementia.

Virginia was born in February 1932 in Briartown, Oklahoma to Clara (Mooney) Reynolds, Dock Reynolds & older Sister, Grace Pauline Reynolds (Epperson). Virginia & her family slowly moved towards the west coast, living in Casa Grande, Arizona for a while & ending up in Brawley, California when she was a young girl. On their way from Arizona to California, they spent 10 days picking cotton to get gas & food to keep traveling, while staying in tents. She said during this time she met the (later) famous singer Tennessee Ernie Ford, while he was picking peas. She was quite proud of that.

Virginia met her first Husband, Joseph Moranda around 1950 in Soledad, California & they were married on November 11th 1950. Together they had three Sons - Ernest, Michael & Randall. They resided in Soledad, California for many years and she worked at Bank of America there in town. Virginia & Joe divorced in March of 1969 & a few years later she met Benjamin Spells - the love of her life.

Virginia & Ben married on August 31st 1974 & moved to Beaver Lake, Arkansas in 1977. They headed back to the west coast in 1981 & built a home in Paradise, California where they lived until 1996 when Ben sadly passed away. Virginia moved around a bit & ended up in Salinas, California where she was often surrounded by her Children, Grandchildren & Great Grandchildren until her passing.

Virginia loved to cook a feast & send you home with leftovers (in dishes that had her name stuck to them, so they were sure to be returned). She had many specialties - but everyone’s favorite was her homemade biscuits & gravy. She loved gardening, canning items she grew, needlepoint, crochet & sitting in her arbor swing - sipping her salty dog after a long day in the yard. She loved the holidays, traveling, Days of Our Lives soap opera & reading the Bible. She kept a clean, no shoes allowed, orderly home that was oh so cozy & safe.

Virginia was the epitome of strength - nothing could get her down. She took what life had to give & learned solid lessons to pass down to her family. She had the best advice from true life experiences & she would shake her finger in the air while saying things like: “If you can’t afford the gas, don’t buy the Cadillac.” or “If you make your bed hard, you lay in it.” She was a comic at heart, always being silly for the children & had the biggest, brightest smile. She was a light in her family’s life & her glow will be deeply missed.

Virginia is survived by her three Sons - Ernie Moranda (Sally Moon), Mike Moranda (Carolyn) & Randy Moranda (Valerie), 9 Grandchildren & 11 Great Grandchildren.

Due to the pandemic, a private family service is being held. If you would like to honor Ginny’s memory, please do what she would have done if her health had allowed it: Bake, plant a rose, create something, slow down, spend time with your children/grandchildren, smile, laugh & most of all - LOVE.




Funeral Home
Struve and Laporte Funeral Home
41 West San Luis Street
Salinas, CA US 93901