Virginia “Ginny” Lee Lien

Lien, Virginia Oval_HeadshotMarch 2, 1935 ~ October 18, 2018

Virginia “Ginny” Lee Lien, 83, Sioux Falls, went Home to be with her parents and siblings on October 18, 2018, surrounded by her loving family at the Avera-Dougherty Hospice House. Virginia will be so missed by her family and all who knew her.

Virginia requested that she have no Funeral or Memorial Services and that we remember her with our memories of her love and good times.

Virginia Lee Lien was born March 2, 1935 to Vernon Sr. and Ann (Drabon) Smith in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She was married to Richard Lien, who spent his career as an over-the-road truck driver and was gone, sometimes for weeks, leaving Virginia to run the household and raise their three children, Laura, Cheryl and Tom. She especially loved taking care of “all” children and started babysitting when she was just eight years old. Virginia would often say taking care of children was “her calling”. She was an expert at raising children and she would tell you so.

Other than taking care of children, Virginia and Richard enjoyed traveling to Hawaii once on a vacation to see Cheryl and her family when Cheryl was stationed there, enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. Another trip she enjoyed was visiting with Laura and her family in Louisiana. She and Richard also enjoyed camping when they had the time and would later meet up with Tom and his family at either Newton Hills or Lake Herman.

Virginia would later be afflicted by COPD which is what she eventually succumbed to.

Virginia’s departure from our lives will leave a hole in our hearts. She suffered so much in the end trying to catch each breath, that the Lord blessed her by taking her home to be with Him.

Virginia leaves behind her husband and four generations that will always remember her for her love of Jesus and family. Virginia enjoyed her entire life being a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great, great-grandmother.

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the nurses at the Avera-Dougherty Hospice House for their compassion & love they showed caring for Virginia in her final hours and helping us with our loss.

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  • Traci R King says:

    Always so kind and loving to me. She was a blessing to us all!

  • Darryl & Brenda Tombaga says:

    To Cheryl and the entire family of Virginia Lein, We were sorry to read about the passing of your mother Cheryl. Treasure all of your wonderful memories of her and rely on your strong faith that she is in a better place now…Heaven/Paradise! Love, Darryl and Brenda Tombaga

  • Lynn S says:

    Our family was saddened to read about the passing of Virginia. No doubt she leaves behind many fond memories that can brighten your day when you are thinking of her. As we look forward to the time when we are reunited again with our loved ones, think about what you would like to say and how big the hugs will be. My family is encouraged reading about this hope at jw dot org (hope). May the God of comfort bless and guide your whole family during this difficult time and in the days to come.

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