Virginia McKinney

Virginia McKinney of Gold Beach, OR, passed away on March 18, 2014. She was born in Lavaca, Arkansas, to Lloyd and Ila Wilson Craft and graduated from Lavaca High School.

Virginia grew up in Arkansas. She spent time in Germany, California, and other areas of Oregon before settling in Gold Beach in 1991.

She enjoyed fishing, shopping, travel, needlepoint, and cooking. She loved to cook and go to dinner parties with those closest to her. Virginia could usually be found at her business, Jot’s Resort. She took great pride in her business and made uncountable friendships with people she met there. Most of all she loved her family – her sons, grandchildren, and the many friends she made over the years.

Prior to Virginia being in the hospitality industry, she was a real estate broker for Seven Cities Real Estate in Carmel, California. She received many awards and honors through her careers, however she was very proud of making the Million Dollar Club during her real estate career ~ back when a Million Dollars was a lot of money.

Virginia is preceded in death by her husband, Gentry McKinney and her father, Lloyd Craft.

She is survived by her mother, Ila Wilson Craft (Lavaca, Arkansas), son and daughter-in-law, Sam and Sheryl Waller (Gold Beach, OR); son, Dean McKinney (Grants Pass, OR); son James Waller (Nomad); sister, Rachael Craft (Lavaca, Arkansas); brother, Bob Craft (Lavaca, Arkansas); sister, Ruby Pearce (Charleston, Arkansas), grandson, Sam Waller III (Carmel, CA and Gold Beach, OR); granddaughter, Tara McKinney (Grants Pass, OR); great-grandson, Bronson McKinney (Grants Pass, OR), and her two favorite cousins Helen Wilson Jones and Shirley Scott of Wichita, KS.

Graveside Services was held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at Rogue River Cemetery, Hunter Creek Loop in Gold Beach.

Redwood Memorial Chapel is assisting the family.