Virginia Marie Lapham, 64, formerly of Rindge, NH, died peacefully, however unexpectedly, at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque on Friday February 6, 2015 following a brief illness. She was known to her family and friends as "Ginnie"
She was born January 10, 1951 in Concord MA., daughter of Lawrence E. and Bernice (Gallagher-Booth) Donovan.
Virginia was a 1968 graduate of Concord- Carlisle High School and had attended Middlesex Community College. Following her marriage in 1971 she lived in Chelmsford MA. She and her husband Taylor moved to Rindge NH in 1975. Following her retirement in 2005 as an associate at Wal-Mart and in the past worked as Administrative Assistant in the Arts Department at Franklin Pierce College in Rindge. She moved to Las Cruces, NM. She has been a resident of Quemado, NM since 2006. Virginia had also worked as a secretary for Millipore Corporation in Bedford MA.
She was a former member of the Baptist Church in Chelmsford MA; a Lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary as well as the Coast Guard Combat Veterans Auxiliary.
Virginia loved her family more than life itself. She enjoyed going on vacation with her children and grandchildren, attending her grandchildren’s dance recitals, and helping out others. She would always cheer on her children at their swim and track meets. She never missed any of their sporting or music events.
Virginia would sing the National Anthem at the Coast Guard Combat Veterans Associations reunions. Virginia and her husband Taylor would attend as many reunions as they could. When she saw a veteran or police officer, Virginia would make it a point to go over and thank them for their service.
She often spent her time organizing the books as the volunteer Librarian at the Quemado Lake Estate Public Library.
Virginia had a kind heart and was always there to help anyone out. Her laugh was contagious and she loved to have fun.
To sum up Virginia’s virtue it is best to quote from her words what she believed. “My God wants to hear from me and my heart. God wants us to teach others by living, by doing good deeds, by loving each other during good times and bad, and to forgive. By doing so people will see that you live in Christ.” (Virginia Marie Lapham)
In addition to her mother of Jaffrey NH she is survived by her husband of forty three years Arnold Taylor Lapham, Jr. of Quemado, NM; her daughter Jessica Lapham Harrison and husband Jeffrey of Dublin NH; her son Adam Taylor Lapham and wife Katrina of WI; three grandchildren, Rielly, Liam and McKenzie all of Dublin NH; seven sisters Anne D. Reiter (Lawrence) of Myrtle Beach, SC., Katherine L. Rogalski (Daniel) of Marlborough, NH, Sandra J. May (Thomas) of Boyton Beach, FL, Donna E. Morrison (John) of Westwood, MA., Elizabeth A. Donovan of Marlborough, NH, Barbara A. Bullard (Jay) of Woodsville, NH, Mary D. Cornelia of Conyers, GA; four brothers Lawrence E. Donovan III (Elaine) of Johnson City, TN, Robert W. Donovan (Michelle) of Holliston, MA, Glenn A. Donovan (Jackie) of Jaffrey, NH, Dana Donovan ( Kelly) of Fuquay Varina, NC; 27 nieces and nephews; 15 great nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her father Lawrence E. Donovan Jr. on October 25, 2008.
Celebration of Virginia's Life will be held on Saturday March 7, 2015 at 3:00 at Dublin School Recital Hall in Dublin, NH.
Private burial in the family lot in Green Cemetery, Carlisle MA will be at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions be made to Coast Guard Combat Veterans Association, In Memory of Virginia Lapham, 3245 Ridge Pike, Eagleville, PA 19403.