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Virginia "Ginny" Gribben

March 8, 1947 ~ November 22, 2023 (age 76) 76 Years Old

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Virginia “Ginny” Gribben, 76, passed away November 22, 2023 at her Veranda Senior Living residence in Eagle, Idaho. Ginny succumbed to her neuro-degenerative disorder, Primary Progressive Aphasia, and dementia. Ginny was a loving wife and mother who shared her wit, wisdom, and talents with her host of many friends. 

She was born March 8, 1947 in Hammond, IN to Thomas H. and Evelyn Witter Gaddis. Ginny graduated from Hammond High School in 1965, and furthered her education at Purdue University with a degree in Interior Design and Architecture in 1969. 

After college, Ginny began her decorated career in banking. She was passionate about her professional growth, helping to pave the way for women in the workplace during the 70’s. She held progressively more senior positions at Continental Illinois National Bank and later in Treasury Management at Northern Trust.

While at Northern, she met her future husband of 46 years, R. Gary Gribben, an aspiring Corporate Banker. In 1977 Ginny and Gary both answered the “call of the West” and moved to the San Francisco Bay area to further their banking careers.  Ginny was recruited by the Bank of California to head their non-credit operations activities. Later that year they bought a home in Piedmont, CA and were married on September 9, 1977. A few years later, she was selected by Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) to manage its Treasury Management consulting practice. 

Ginny and Gary had one son, Matthew, in late 1981, which brought the new joy of motherhood. She chose to dedicate herself to being a caring and present mother, while still taking part time private consulting for numerous corporations.

Following the 1989 Bay area earthquake and the Oakland Hills fire of 1991, the family moved to Boise where they joined longtime friends, Jay and Jan Combs in the ownership and management of RC Cola Beverages until the business was sold in 1997.

In addition to her success in the corporate world, Ginny utilized her education skills to design two of the family homes in Boise and Northstar at Lake Tahoe. Her sense for design extended to her love of fashion and selling women’s designer clothing lines.  Her closets were very full!

Ginny also gave back to the community tremendously. During her time in the Bay Area, Ginny became active in Piedmont civic affairs, including membership and Chair of the Piedmont Planning and Zoning Commission. In Boise, Ginny became involved in local causes, such as fundraising to buy new computers for Matthew’s school. She was also very dedicated to supporting local Alzheimer’s patients and impacted families, a disease which impacted both of her parents.

Ginny enjoyed staying active and spending time with her many friends. She was active in golf clubs in Oakland, Boise, and Palm Desert. During retirement, she and Gary spent many years enjoying golf and social activities in their winter home in Palm Desert, as well as traveling across the western US and Canada. She loved hosting family and friends for holidays and celebrations and had a special way of making her guests feel welcome. Ginny rarely went anywhere without her loyal dog companions over the years, most recently her black standard poodle, Karma, who shared in her many travels and activities.

Ginny was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Tom. She is survived by her husband, Gary, a son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Haley Gribben, grandson Grady, sister-in-law Patricia Gribben, niece Carol Lambert, and nephew Tommy Gaddis.

At Ginny’s request there will be no formal public memorial service.  An informal Open House will be held at the BanBury Golf Club, 2626 Marypost Place, Eagle.  Friends are welcome to join the family in remembering and celebrating Ginny’s life from 5pm to 7pm  Monday evening, December 11.   Memorials may be made to the charity of choice.


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