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Virginia Louise Frazier Shotts

Obituary for Virginia Louise Frazier Shotts

June 6, 1923 - May 20, 2019
Redlands, California | Age 95

life-long love of bridge and wine


Virginia Louise Frazier Shotts was born in Winchester, Virginia, on June 6, 1923. She was named after the state of her birth because her parents could not agree on a name for her. When she was three, the family boarded a train to move to Roswell, NM, for the health of her father.

When she was young, she loved playing with a scooter and dolls, as well as cards and Monopoly with her parents. In high school her favorite activity was ping pong. Additional childhood memories were large holiday dinners with family and friends.

Virginia attended the Loretto Academy in El Paso where she also participated in theater productions. She continued her education at what is now The University of Texas at El Paso.

Virginia loved to drive up and down Main Street in Roswell in her convertible. One day, while out with girlfriends, she spotted some young airmen walking along and did an immediate u-turn to talk to them. One was Kermit Shotts: He was 21 and she was 19. He asked her to marry him while they were standing on the side of her parents' home.

Because this was during the time of World War II, they had a small wedding in her parents home on October 30, 1943. They immediately travelled by train to Fort Meyer, Florida, sitting on their luggage for part of the trip. That luggage held everything they owned.

They ended up in Santa Barbara, CA, after the war. Then, after the birth of their first child, moved back to Roswell. They lived there for many years until they moved to Austin, TX. For several years Virginia worked for the State Comptroller's Office and continued to be an award-winning bridge player. For the last 13 years she lived in Redlands, CA. She continued to play bridge until her death.

Kermit and Virginia loved to travel and visited many places. After Kermit's death, Virginia continued to travel with her friend Wanda being the usual companion. The highlight was back-to-back two-week safari trips to Africa. They rode elephants, played with giraffes, cruised a crocodile and hippo-infested river, and she was proposed to by a tribal king. He suggested she be his third wife (Wanda got this on film).

Her favorite country to visit was Costa Rica because of its beauty. She also enjoyed Italy, Russia, Canada, and England. There were also many domestic trips full of memories for her.

From their times living in Roswell and Austin, she and Kermit had many good and close friends and their social life primarily revolved around bridge.

Virginia is famous for some well-known sayings, one being "since you're up." Everyone knew she would say this as soon as someone got up from the table as she would want a refill of whatever she was drinking. Friends and family cannot recall a time when she actually arose and got her own refill.

There was also "I am shocked" and "I'm suffering". Both of these required a hand gesture to the chest and a slight backward tilt of the head.

She loved wine, which she attributed to her long life. She also was often seen with a coffee cup in hand.

She was predeceased by her parents, younger brother, husband and the oldest of her three children. In addition to three children, she has six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She will be remembered for her life-long love of bridge and wine.

She will be missed.

THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2019
10:30 AM

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