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Virginia H. Jackson


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Virginia H. Jackson Obituary
Virginia H. Jackson of Bayfield, CO passed away at the age of 81 from Dementia at Pine Ridge Care Center in Pagosa Springs, CO on May 23rd, with family at her side. Virginia was born in ElPaso, TX on January 22, 1937 to Bower and Helen Miller and was raised in Deming, NM. After high school, she went to Redlands, CA to attend nursing school. While home for summer break, she met Jack Dudley. They were later married, moved to Farmington, NM and had 4 children. They later divorced but Virginia stayed and raised her children there. She worked for Dr. Joseph Sharpe for 17 years as a receptionist, secretary, nurse and assistant. She was a pretty good nurse for someone who never finished nursing school.
During those years in Farmington, she also worked more that one full time job at one time. Those included cocktail waitressing and bartending at several places such as the Office Bar, Rimrock Lounge and Skyliner Lounge. She would also work weekends at jobs such as Collections for San Juan Hospital and sales at Western Tire and Appliance.
In 1977, Virginia heard that Circle S Restaurant and Lodge at Vallecito Lake was for sale. She went and looked at it and after leaving said she was going to buy it no matter what it took. She returned to Farmington, sold her house, used the money as a down payment, changed the name to Virginia's Steak House & Lodge and never looked back. With her good work ethic, personality and amazing promotional skills, she took a seasonal business and made it a year round place to be for dinner, dancing, weddings, Christmas parties, etc. After selling her business to her son, Steve, she continued to run her catering business at rodeos, county and state fairs, weddings, etc.
Virginia also had a home in Wickenburg, AZ where she had many friends and loved spending her winters. She loved spending time doing yard work, arts & crafts. In earlier years, she loved going on horse pack trips in the Weminuche Wilderness and loved her horses and Basset Hounds.
Words of friends who have reached out to the family by the hundreds have described her as: Icon; legend; special; spunky; one in a million; one of a kind; Belle of the Diamond Belle; Queen of Vallecito; all class; and many other great complements.
Virginia was preceded in death by her parents and her son, Ron Dudley. She is survived by her daughter Marilyn Dudley of Durango, sons Steve Dudley of Las Vegas, NV and Poncho (David) Dudley of Bayfield, grandsons Danny Dudley of Boise, ID, Mike and Janel Dudley of Olympia, WA, Jon Dylan Dudley of Durango and Tanner Zauberis of Durango and 5 great grandchildren all of Olympia, WA.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The , 701 Camino del Rio, Ste. 321, Durango, CO 81303.
The family will hold a Celebration of Life on Saturday June 16 at the Vallecito Chamber building at noon followed by a BBQ of smoked pork. Guests, please bring a side dish if you'd like to. The Wild County Band, among others, will play. The family invites friends to come help them celebrate this great lady's life.
Published in The Durango Herald on May 29, 2018
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