Chen, Virginia Kay

February 20, 1947 - January 29, 2016

Virginia Kay (Holtzclaw) Chen was born February 20, 1947 in Port Arthur, Texas and died January 29 in Dallas, Texas. She spent the last 15 months battling pancreatic cancer with her husband Rory as her constant companion and source of strength, assisting with her treatment, ensuring her comfort, and protecting her quality of life.

Known as V.K. or Ginger to those who loved her, graduated from  Thomas Jefferson High School and  Port Arthur College  in Port Arthur, Texas, also American Tour Management Institute New York, New York. Ginger worked at Texaco Inc., AMI, Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research and St. Paul Surety before retirement.

Ginger will be remembered for finding joy in everyday experiences such as cooking and collecting various recipes, picking pecans, blueberries, and blackberries. She found   delight in collecting and displaying items found in nature throughout her house. She was a kind and gentle spirit who accepted what life had to give with a precious sense of humor. She was generous   and soft-spoken and possessed both inner strength and beauty. Nieces will miss her silly side which often came out when they were together. They will cherish memories of cooking together, antique shopping, trips to the beach, and her squeal of delight when she discovered a new treasure. Just like the seashells, stones and plants she collected, Ginger was one of a kind, a unique and beautiful creation. We will always carry Gingers loving memory in our Hearts.

She is survived by her husband, Rory Chen, her brothers Arthur Douglas Holtzclaw of Beaumont, Texas, GT Holtzclaw, Jr and his wife Catherine of Crystal Beach, Texas, George Andrew Holtzclaw of Nederland, Texas and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, GT and Margie Holtzclaw of Port Arthur, and her sister, Jo Ann Holtzclaw of Dallas.

Special Thanks to the nursing staff at 11th North   U.T. Southwestern Medical Center   for   their compassion and care.

Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252


3 replies on “Chen, Virginia Kay”

Sandra Brauninger Holtzclaw Lewis says:

When I first met Ginger I was dating her brother, Tommy. She and her sister shared a bedroom I remember her cutting pictures out of magazines of things she liked and there was a big box under their bed she kept them in. Her mother made their clothes and Ginger always complained she wanted store bought clothes. We laughed a lot and I will never forget her wit and humor. I haven’t seen her for a long time, but she always led a quiet private life in later years. God speed, Ginger. Tell Jo hello for me.

Janell Bittnet says:

Dear Rory,
Our family is grieved to hear of Ginger’s passing.
We loved her as soon as we met her. In the few times we’ve been together we enjoyed her vitality and passion for life. I Dad and I especially appreciated her love for northwest berries! She had a very special light in her that filled up a room. We are happy we could know her if even for too short a time.
Our hearts go out to you as you face a new life without Ginger. May all her radiance continue to fill you with peace and hope.

With our love,
The Jensen Family

Doris And Glen Peasley says:

Ginger always had a positive attitude and a sweet nature which we will always remember. She told me how fortunate she was to have Rory as her husband and how compatible they were. We can always keep the beautiful memories of Ginger in our hearts.

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