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Virginia Heavner

June 22, 1923 ~ February 20, 2018

Service: February 24, 2018 5:00 P.M.
   Location: Dokken-Nelson Sunset Chapel

Virginia Hopkins Heavner, longtime resident of Manhattan, passed away unexpectedly the morning of February 20, 2018.

Virginia was born in a dugout near Lamar, CO on June 22, 1923, to George and Nellie Hopkins.  They moved to Wilder, ID where Virginia grew up and graduated from Wilder High School in 1941.

After graduation, Virginia went to Los Angeles, CA to work at North American Aircraft making parts for airplanes for the war. There she met her husband, Bill. They made a home in Long Beach, CA. Later, they moved to Montana when Bill returned from the service after the war.   She lived most of her life in Manhattan, but later resided in Milligan Canyon.

Virginia was a rancher on the VW Ranch at Manhattan, raising registered Appaloosa horses, Shetland ponies, and peacocks and always had a menagerie of other animals.  Virginia loved all of her animals.  She was also an avid gardener, and her yard was always ablaze with color.

Virginia served for a time at the Winter Fair in connection with the horse shows.  She was a member of the Appaloosa Horse Club, enjoyed the Chief Joseph trail ride for many years, and was a member of the Idle Hour Grandmothers Club in the valley.

Virginia is survived by her two children, Georgia Macke and Dennis Heavner, both of Manhattan; grandchildren, Geryl (Corrie) Macke, Kylee (David) Modgling of Mineral Wells, TX; LaShea (Robert) Angelopoulos of San Jose, CA; and Blaine Heavner and Lacey Heavner, both of Bozeman, MT; great-grandchildren, Anna, Sheala, Jamie Macke, Treyson and Torrye Modgling, and Ian and Lena Angelopoulos; nephews, Allen Megaard of Billings, MT, and Ron Byrne of Aurora, CO; and niece, Cindi Whitecotton of Aurora, CO.

She was preceded in death by both parents, George & Nellie Hopkins of Caldwell, ID; her sister, Lola; and her husband, Bill Heavner of Manhattan. 

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