Virginia Mae Ragsdale

Virginia (Ginger) Mae (Tiensvold) Ragsdale, age 80, passed away in Mesa, Ariz. on March 20, 2021.

She was born in Rushville, Neb. on August 17, 1940 and was the second daughter of Hiran and Loretta Tiensvold. Ginger graduated from Rushville High School and later attended a business college in Denver, Colo. She then moved to Helena, Mont. and work at the Union Bank. Ginger met her husband of 57 years, Gordon Ragsdale, in June of 1962. They were engaged in July and married on August 3 of the same year. Gordon was drafted into the U.S. Army and Ginger followed him to Ft. Sill, Okla. and later to Germany where their son Ray was born. 

After Gordon’s discharge in 1965, the couple returned to Helena where their daughter Peggy was born. The family lived there until 1969 when they relocated to Apple Valley, Minn. Gordon worked for Northwest Airlines and the couple was able to travel extensively in the U.S. including Alaska and Hawaii, several countries in Europe and several in Asia.

They moved to Kansas City, Missouri in 1990 but returned to Apple Valley in 1994. They relocated to Nisswa, Minn. in 2004 and then bought a home in Mesa, Ariz. in 2009 and became “snowbirds” in the winter.

Ginger grew up dancing as her father, Hiram, was a drummer in a dance band. Tis carried over to her time in Minnesota where the couple was a part of a competition dance team for a number of years. A favorite hobby was crocheting and over the years she made many items for family and friends.

She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and Women of the Moose.

Ginger is survived by her husband Gordon, son Ray A. Ragsdale of Park City, Utah, daughter Peggy S. Schmidt (Fred), full time RVer’s, grandchildren Samantha Ragsdale of Rosemount, Minn., Adam Ragsdale of Berlin, Germany, sisters Beverly Kockrow (Dean) of Valentine, Neb., Lois Kearns (Jim) of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Shirley Mangan of Helena, Mont.

Her ashes will be placed in a niche at Lebanon Cemetary in Apple Valley, Minn. across the road from where the couple lived for many years. Memorial contributions are being sent to the American Heart Association in her name.

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