Following in the footsteps of her mother eleven years ago, Virginia Hausotter passed away on Valentine’s Day 2013. She was born in Medford, OR on June 30, 1932, to Irel Lee and Clarence (CJ) Hunter. The family had a dairy farm and orchard, selling milk to a local creamery. There she learned the joy of hard work and the pride of doing every task with excellence. Industry, giftedness in music, the ability to teach children, investing in the lives of others, and a strong faith would be the hallmarks of her life. As a young child, Virginia showed giftedness in music. She began piano lessons at age 3 and played on the radio the following year. She added violin at age 6. She played from her heart, bringing forth rich full sounds and a wide range of musical expressions. This became her primary instrument of musical expression. In junior high and high school, she played in the high school orchestra, an ensemble, and also some Shakespeare Festival plays. She cut some records and received a standing ovation at her graduation for Zieunerweisen (Gypsy Aires) by Pablo De Sarasate. Virginia went to SOC where she met and married Jack Hausotter of Riddle, Oregon. They moved to Roseburg in 1950. Virginia was a homemaker and wonderful mother to her four daughters. She taught private music lessons and enjoyed singing in the choir at the First Christian Church, where she was a member. She played in the Umpqua String Quartet, and was concert mistress for the Roseburg orchestra. Teaching Sunday school was something Virginia enjoyed. She taught and led the singing for the preschool/kindergarten age children for 17 years. She served as superintendent of the Beginners Department, and was honored to receive the Teacher of the Year award. After her children were grown, Virginia was the director and kindergarten teacher for the Sunnydale Christian preschool and kindergarten. Not finding curriculum she felt would really teach her students, she created her own! Her students consistently tested top in their district and left her kindergarten with a joy for reading and learning. She was well loved, for many continued to contact her at various milestones in their lives. Throughout her life, Virginia exhibited many of the qualities of the woman in Proverbs 31. She rose early and worked tirelessly to care for her family. She was kind, fair and just. She was trustworthy, had absolute integrity, and strength of character that came from her deep faith in God. Proverbs 31:28 states, “Her children rise up and call her blessed.” And we do! We were so blessed to have such a wonderful mother like you. We love you, mom. You’re the best. Virginia spent her last five remaining years in Central Point in the home and under the wonderful care of her third daughter, Sara. She is survived by her four daughters and their spouses: Lisa and Aaron Veach of Central Point; Debra and Dan Norland of Eugene, Oregon; Sara and Gary Bailey of Central Point; and Julia Hausotter of Roseburg, Oregon; Also surviving her are three younger siblings and their spouses: Carol and Willard Chapman of Ashland, Oregon; Joyce and Allan Morse of San Bruno, California; and Robert and John Hunter of Talent, Oregon. She had seven grandchildren; three great-granddaughters; and one great- grandson, along with a host of friends and former students. Services are at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Medford, OR on Friday, March 1, 2013 at 2 p.m. www.medfordfuneral.com, phone number 541-773-6162.
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