Virginia (Ginny) Anderson, 66, of Ames passed away on August 6, 2019. She was born on September 15, 1952 in Fort Dodge to the late Ralph and LaVonna (Hanson) Struthers. She graduated from West Bend High School in 1970. She spent much of her adult life raising her three sons, working as the Salem Lutheran Church Secretary and later managing the Roland Grocery Store. Since 2002, she was employed with Iowa State University in the College of Engineering as an Administrative Assistant.
Ginny was an avid Iowa State Cyclone fan who could be found regularly attending football and basketball events. She shared this love with her sons and grandchildren by keeping everyone regularly outfitted in cardinal and gold. In addition, Ginny spent many hours with family and close friends. She was an attentive grandmother and made it a point to be present at milestones in each of their lives. Her free time was spent tending to landscaping projects where she perfected her green thumb. In recent years, she took up running and completed 2 half marathons and several 5K races.
She is survived by three sons, Clint Anderson and fiancé Shannon Moore of Liberal, KS, Chuck Anderson (Brooke) of Washington, IA, Jeff Anderson (Kimberly) of Adel, IA, five grandchildren; Brielle, Alyvia, Ivy, James and Beckett, three siblings; Ron Struthers (Dorothy), Beverly Jensen, Vera Banwart (Blake), sister in law; Dorothy Struthers, twelve nieces and nephews, several great nieces and nephews and many close friends.
She is preceded in death by her infant daughter, Stacy Lynn Anderson, her brother, Allen Struthers and her parents, Ralph and LaVonna Struthers.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 8, 2019 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Salem Lutheran Church in Roland, Iowa. Her funeral service will be held at Salem Lutheran Church in Roland, Iowa on Friday, August 9, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. A private family burial will be held at the West Bend Cemetery in West Bend, Iowa.
Memorial contributions can be made in her honor to Spurgeon Manor in Dallas Center, Iowa
Fredregill Funeral & Cremation Care in Zearing has been entrusted with the care of Ginny and her family.
"My thoughts and prayers are with Ginny's family and good friends. She will be missed by many. I had the pleasure of working with Ginny through the Cyber Corps program at Iowa State. Ginny's optimism and sense of humor lightened every challenge. She cared deeply for and about others. Her dedication to both students and faculty was obvious by the way she was willing to do what she could to help in every situation. If Ginny didn't have the answer, she knew how to find it. A phone call with Ginny always brightened my day. May her family and good friends find comfort in the many precious memories shared with this dear person."
"Ginny was a very caring and compassionate person. She was the one who convinced me to pick up my second major in Computer Engineering and always made a point to ask me how I was doing every time I saw her. She undoubtedly helped me get through a very hard couple of years for me in graduate school and was the glue that held our group of SFS students together. I am very sad that she is gone, but happy that she is no longer suffering. I will truly miss her."
"Ginny and I spent the last 3 years with a special morning routine. I noticed instantly when she didn?t show up. The last few years she?s been the driving force pushing me to finish my PhD. I will make her proud and finish strong. We also worked together to help Cyber Corps students through their degree. Ginny was a important person in my daily life and graduate school experience. She will be missed. "
"I had the fortunate opportunity to work with Ginny. She was a giving, thoughtful and caring person. Ginny would go out of her way to help others. Those who worked with Ginny held her in high esteem. She will be missed by so many. My deepest condolences to your family during this time."
"Ginny and I went to school together from Kg -12 th in West Bend, Iowa. We were very close and shared many happy memories. Ginny always had a smile and that?s how I will remember her??"
"I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Ginny at ISU. She was kind and funny, and had a great smile. My deepest condolences to her family and close friends. Cherish all the wonderful memories you have of her. God Bless."
"Some comments on the slack channel for ISU CyberCorps alumni and current students:
'Lets' remember how amazing she was and how she helped us through so many things....she was amazing!!!'
'She saved me from all sorts of trouble.'
'Ginny always had time for people even when she was busy. And if I become half as good as she was at dealing with people, I will be happy with my communication skills.'
'She would even hunt you down after if she saw you looking in while she was in a meeting. Always made sure to follow up and make sure you were heard.'
'Also - if I'm half as good a pancake maker I know I'll always at least have a job doing that
:P she was a Mickey pancake pro'
'I will miss our talks in her office'"
"In one way or another, I worked with Ginny for 17 years at ISU. She was always such a wonderful co-worker. I'm extremely grateful for the many ways that he saved my bacon over the years. She was a caring advocate for our students and helped thousands of high school and college students make their way into and through our computing programs.
May the family find peace and solace in the many ways that Ginny made others' lives better.
"My condolences to Ginny's family.
From a Struthers Cousin"
"I remember Ginny's smile! It seems that regardless of circumstance Ginny always had a smile, the best smiles being when she talked of family. I wish her family well."
"Ginny was a kind and dedicated person, always serving with smile. I have known here since the day 1 she joined ISU. It is great loss to the family. May she rest in peace."
"Ginny was a kind soul and an outstanding human being who cared for others, and spread joy and happiness all around with her contagious smile. She was hardworking colleague and enjoyed here work here in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) at Iowa State University. She will be dearly missed. May Almighty give strength to family and friends to withstand these trying times."