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1951 - 2020

Virginia Wolff, M.D. (MED ’84)

Born in Duluth, Minnesota, Ginny was a free spirit all her life. She backpacked in Thailand, Malaysia, New Zealand, Australia, Central America, and New Mexico.

She graduated from Mayo Medical School and finished her Family Practice residency in Kotzebue, Alaska. While in Alaska she bicycled 100+ miles and kayaked.

Afterwards, back in Minnesota, Ginny met her future husband, Ray, while folk dancing. Ginny, Ray, and his son, Arthur, moved to Neah Bay, WA, for 4 years to work for the Indian Health Service, serving the Makah Nation. At the conclusion of this period, she spent 6 months sailing with Ray and Arthur around Vancouver Island before moving to Skagit county.

Ginny loved playing the piano, gardening, kayaking, sailboarding, skydiving, sailing, and, most of all, being with and helping friends. Ginny became involved in social and environmental issues as a very effective activist, and produced many 30-minute interviews which aired on the local radio station KSVR on the current events program “Speak Up! Speak Out!”.

After 6 years with Parkinson’s Disease, Ginny ended her hard-fought battle. She is deeply loved and missed by family, friends, and all who knew her as a fierce advocate for a kinder, cleaner world.

Due to the current pandemic, no memorial services are planned at this time. Should anyone wish to honor Ginny through donations, contributions can go to any environmental cause or organization.

She is survived by her husband of 26 years, Ray Minnerly, at the family home in Bow, WA; her stepson Arthur and his partner Elyse; sister-in-law Lori; niece Carina; brothers John, Greg, and Scott; and a large community of friends.

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