Virginia Elizabeth Gard

virginia gard

November 7, 1923 ~ August 4, 2021

Born in: Ontario, Oregon
Resided in: College Station, Texas

Virginia Elizabeth Dunbar Gard returned to her heavenly home on August 4, 2021. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, August 9 at College Station City Cemetery. Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers has been entrusted with her final arrangements.

Virginia was born in Ontario, Oregon on November 7, 1923, to Ralph and Dorothy Dunbar, and was raised in Oregon and Southwestern Idaho. On December 13, 1941, she married William H. Gard in Boise, Idaho, and spent the next 20 years moving around the country and to two overseas posts as a career military wife. Along the way they were blessed with three children. Upon Bill’s retirement from the Army in 1961, the family settled in College Station. Virginia was active at church and at A&M Consolidated in support of her children’s education and extracurricular activities. After Bill’s death in 1972, Virginia attended McKenzie-Baldwin Business School, then became a secretary at Texas A&M’s Texas Transportation Institute until her retirement in 1986. As her family grew, she enjoyed becoming “Tea Grandma” to three granddaughters, one great granddaughter, and two great grandsons. She also enjoyed reading, traveling, birdwatching and learning about her Scottish heritage.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, husband, and granddaughter Shannon G. Lenz and her husband Wes. She is survived by her children Janis G. Hunzicker (Andrew), William D. Gard (Robin), and Susan E. Gard; granddaughters Sara H. Zagrodzky (Jon), and Mary H. Bird (Sherman); great grandchildren Margaret Zagrodzky, Jon Zagrodzky Jr., and Maverick Lenz; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Hospice Brazos Valley for their care and support during Virginia’s final weeks. They also extend their thanks to the Reverend Geordan Geddings of St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Cypress.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that you consider a donation to Hospice Brazos Valley or to a charity of your choice.

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Graveside Service: August 9, 2021 11:00 am

College Station City Cemetery
2530 Texas Ave S
College Station, TX 77840


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  1. Dear Susan and Family,

    May the Lord comfort you with precious memories of your Mom and Grandmother until reunited in heaven. Like the Lord, her love is with you forever.

    With Sincere Condolences,

    Patt (Eimann) Junek

  2. Susan, thank you for informing me of your mother’s passing. I remembered her witty humor and her pleasantness, and her regal demeanor. I’ve enjoyed the snippets of conversation we’ve had whenever you both come in the store. I will miss her smile.
    My condolences to you and your family. Your mother is where she wants to be, and I can tell you that that your heart will eventually heal.

  3. Janis Billie and Susan. This is a long lost cousin Debra (Frank) Brienen… daughter of Albert and Margaret Frank. While watchin Texas A&M basketball I thougt to google Uncle Bill and Aunt Virginia. I see her obituary. My condolences. May God’s comfort surround you and your family. If you care to contact me … text or call 850-524-0085 or Fbook DebbY Brienen. Sweet memories I have…..

  4. Janice, Billy, Susan – Deb just sent me Aunt Virginia’s obituary. I hope all of you are doing well and we know she’s in a better place. I have lots and lots of memories of Janice and myself as kids. We were a pair. Love to all of you.

  5. Mom, as dementia stole your memories of family, friends and life’s adventures and age took your vitality, I thought taking care of you was the most difficult thing I’d ever do. I was wrong. Finding my way without you, my best friend, has been much harder. With love until we meet again..

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