Virginia Ann Shepherd, 89, a native of Astoria, died on June 27, 2022. “Ginny” loved the area and it was home since her birth to George William and Fannie Marie (Erickson) Lampi February 11, 1933.
In the mornings she enjoyed feeding all the birds that gathered outside her home. Her knowledge of all the varieties of birds and their behaviors was extensive. She most likely learned much of that from her father, but also from being an avid reader. Ginny also loved going to watch the ship traffic on the Columbia River. She followed the ship reports and attended many museum talks about the shipping industry and river travel. She had a thirst for knowledge and a wide variety of books that she read on that and many other topics. Many may know her for playing the organ at churches, weddings, and funerals. She loved the arts and was involved in many artforms. She played the organ, piano, took ballet and tap classes, and was a very skilled, self-taught artist. Her most favorite form of art was gardening. Those who knew her, knew that her yard was an ever-changing thing of beauty. She was such a hard worker in her gardens, oftentimes, outworking her daughter and grandchildren. Ginny also had great love for animals and had many throughout the years. Her kind heart and positive outlook on life is unmatched and her infectious smile and hugs have healed many.
She is survived by her children, Steve (Laura) Shepherd, and Sandra (Dan) Bierscheid; three grandchildren, Curtis (Amy) Bierscheid, who are expecting Virginia’s first great-grandchild, Miranda (Kyle) Wilson, and Sawyer Bierscheid; brothers Melvin Lampi, Clifford (Sylvia) Lampi, and her caring friend, Marcia Wills.
She is predeceased by her husband, State Patrol Officer Jim Shepherd; by her longtime partner, Bill Swanberg; by her parents; and by her sister-in-law, Marie Lampi.
A visitation will be held from 1 to 4 pm on Saturday, July 9, 2022 at Hughes Ransom Mortuary, 576 12th Street Astoria OR 97103.
A Graveside Service will be held at Ocean View Cemetery Sunday, July 10, 2022 at 1PM. Please come with stories to share if you wish.
Donations may be made in Virginia’s honor to the Clatsop County Animal Shelter.