Virginia (Gake) Lampkins, 91, of Baker City, passed away on Nov. 13, 2014, after a brief illness. The daughter of Albert and Anna Gake of Joseph, she married her high school sweetheart, James B. Lampkins on Sept. 11, 1944, while Jim was home on leave from his assigned destroyer, the USS Bradford . He returned to duty shortly after their marriage.

She and Jim raised two children, Linda and Larry in Enterprise, until 1956 when Jim’s banking career took them to various locations throughout Oregon over the years. She was a full-time homemaker and mother and devoted herself fully to her family with grace, love and compassion.

Survivors include husband, James B. Lampkins of Baker City, daughter Linda Noble and husband Dave also of Baker City, daughter-in-law Krista Lampkins of Haines, Alaska, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Many extended family members were also a very important part of her life.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Anna Gake; her sister, Doris Buckley; son Larry James Lampkins and grandson Gary Lee Noble.

At her request, there will be no services at this time. However, a Celebration of her Life will be held at their beloved second home, their cabin, on Dayridge Road north of Enterprise, in the spring of 2015. All family members and friends will be notified of the exact date and time.

Memorial contributions, in her name, can be made to the Northeast Oregon Compassion Center in Baker City.

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