Virginia (Ginger) Mae Ragsdale (Tiensvold)


Age 80, of Mesa, AZ passed away Mar. 20, 2021. Born in Rushville, NE on Aug. 17, 1940, the second daughter of Hiram and Loretta Tiensvold, Ginger graduated from Rushville High School and later attended a business college in Denver, CO. She then moved to Helena, MT and worked at the Union Bank. Ginger met her husband of 57 years, Gordon Ragsdale, in June 1963, was engaged in July and Married on Aug. 03 of that year. Gordon was drafted into the U.S. Army and Ginger followed him to Ft. Sill, Okla. and later to Germany were their son Ray was born. After discharge in 1965 the couple returned to Helena, MT where their daughter Peggy was born and lived there until 1969 when they relocated to Apple Valley, MN. 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 the Orient. They moved to Kansas City, MO in 1990 and returned to Apple Valley, MN in 1994. They relocated to Nisswa, MN in 2004 and then bought a home in Mesa, AZ in 2009 and became “Snowbirds” in the winter. Ginger grew up dancing at a young age as her father Hiram was a drummer in a dance band. This carried over to her time in MN where the couple was 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, Park City, UT., daughter Peggy S. Schmidt (Fred), full time RV’ers, grandchildren Samantha Ragsdale, Rosemount, MN and Adam Ragsdale, Berlin, Germany and sisters Beverly Kockrow (Dean), Valentine, NE, Lois Kearns (Jim), Salt lake City, UT, and Shirley Mangan, Helena, MT. Her ashes will be placed in a niche at Lebanon Cemetery in Apple Valley, MN 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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