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Virginia Martucci

June 10, 1941 — Feb. 6, 2020

Virginia Martucci died peacefully on Feb. 6 after battling lung cancer for several months. Twenty-five years earlier, she had fought and won her fight against breast cancer. With that victory, she embraced life with renewed zest and passion.

365体育投注She was always a hard worker. As a young woman, Virginia attended night classes at Brooklyn College and worked at Roberts Paper Co. by day. Later she received her M.A. in English Literature from Penn State. While at Penn, she met Art Scott. They were married 13 years and parted as dear friends, which they remained until her passing.

In the late ’70s, Gin came to Davis for a job interview in the Learning Skills Center at UCD. They hired her on the spot.

She was a real people person with natural charm and a profound concern for others. “La Reina” (the Queen), as one of her closest friends dubbed her, showcased her considerable writing skills and wicked wit professionally and privately.

365体育投注As a senior coordinator, she was the person who could best handle delicate situations with tact and diplomacy and also was the one often asked to wield her playful pen for endearing “roasts” and touching praise.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Virginia always said she preferred California — unless, of course, she could live in Greenwich Village. Her other preferred residence was Acapulco, where she vacationed every year. The tropical climate and beautiful views were heavenly, but most important was her large community of friends there.

365体育投注She was dedicated to mastering Spanish. She attended an intensive language course in Puebla and spoke several times a week by phone with a Spanish tutor. She also had taken up bridge lessons in hopes of being “less of an embarrassment” to her card loving pals down under.

Gin loved many things: daily exercise at the Davis Athletic Club, good books, movies at the Varsity followed by dinner at Bernardos, tortillas, Chinese take-out, stylish clothes and music. She was a longtime member of an opera-lovers group, known fondly as the “Opera Squad.” She also was an accomplished classical pianist, studying seriously for more than 10 years. When a medical condition prohibited her from practicing the piano anymore, she took up the harmonica.

She had an orchid named after her. She had been part owner of Good Form Fitness athletic club. After retiring, she turned her love of people and eye for style to working at Design House and the Wardrobe in Davis.

365体育投注Virginia loved her family. Twice a year, sometimes more, she flew back to Florida to be with her two sisters, Louise and Geraldine. Her nephews and nieces were precious to her as well. Sister Lou called her “Gingerbelle”. Like Tinkerbelle from the story of Peter Pan, Virginia spread magic wherever she was. We miss her enormously.

Her favorite charity was St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. The family asks that remembrances be made to this wonderful charity.

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