ORANGE, Calif. – Virginia “Ginny” Perez (née Gallentine), 65, was born in Morrison, and lived there until she finished high school. She graduated from Dubuque University in Iowa with an education degree, and later a master’s degree from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, Calif.
She taught for 32 years in Illinois and California. In the Santa Ana school district, she taught at four middle schools. It was at Lathrop that she met her husband, Tony. They were married for 28 years. She was an excellent teacher, twice being named “Teacher of the Year.”
After retiring, she remained active in the community through the Elks Club. She was named “Elk of the Month” in 2007, and Citizen of the Year in 2012. She volunteered at Mary’s Kitchen, an organization that fed homeless in the Orange and Santa Ana, Calif., communities.
Her parents were avid horsemen, owning several race horses. She continued this passion, as she and her sisters were part owners of horses that raced in the Los Angeles area. She enjoyed spending time with her cherished “rescue” dog, Floyd.
She leaves her loving husband, Tony; and a sister, Diane. She also will be missed by many friends; her nieces and nephew; nine grandnieces and grandnephews; as well as all of Tony’s brothers, sisters, and their children.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her older sister, Joen.
A celebration of Ginny’s life will take place the second weekend in January, on a date and at a place to be determined.
In lieu of flowers or other gifts, the family would appreciate contributions in Ginny’s name to the American Cancer Society.