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Virginia Eshbaugh

November 19, 1921 - June 15, 2007

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Virginia Rose Eshbaugh (nee Martin) died peacefully in her home in Imperial Friday, June 15th at the age of 85.

Her gift to the world was the gift of love. Whether connecting with friends or family, she was always quick with a story and a responsive attentive listener – often with an impersonation and a laugh.

Her life was full of family, friends, flowers, faith and food. Her social schedule enviable. Her love unquestionable.

A life of such deep and vast knowledge, a love of reading of history and of mysteries. A self-taught expert on so many subjects. Celebrated and participated in so many traditions. So devastatingly missed.

Virginia Rose Martin was born in Fertile, Missouri on November 19, 1921. She was delivered by her father at home. She grew up in Washington County the youngest of three girls. She married Norman Eshbaugh September 2, 1939, in Union, Missouri. They were married for 56 years. After marriage, they moved to Portland, Oregon where Norman could find work – three jobs at a time – during the war. She traveled cross-country on a train with her young daughter, Anne, to meet her husband there. She gave birth to her second child, Richard, while living on the west coast. Returning to Missouri, she had her third child, Mary. They lived in Washington County, Jefferson County and St. Louis County before settling in 1965 in Imperial at the Merry Mansion overlooking the Mississippi River.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Margaret Mae (nee Politte) Martin and her husband, Norman A. Eshbaugh and a son-in-law, Ray Knickman. She is survived by two sisters, Edna (Homer) Becker of Georgia and Velva (Numan) Cole of DeSoto. She is also survived by three children and a son-in-law: Anne (Ray) Knickman, Richard M. Eshbaugh and Mary (John) Price. Nine grandchildren: Laura (Todd) Schmitt, Elizabeth Eshbaugh, Cindy (Mike) Becker, Michael Eshbaugh, Robert Knickman, Jennifer (David) Baur, John (Susan) Price, Matt (Adrienne) Price and Jeff Price. She is also survived by 11 great-grandchildren: Summer, Jack, Alexander, Dusty, Nicholas, Emma, Gavin, Mackenzie, Connor, Annelise, and Amelia Joy.

She was so blessed.