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Virginia Deegan
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Virginia Deegan, 98, passed away on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 in Ripon.

She was born on July 13, 1913 in West Virginia.

Virginia grew up in Masury, Ohio. She received her teaching degree at Kent State University and taught in Brookfield Township before moving to California in 1943. She came to Escalon in 1953 and established the Deegan Funeral Home along with her late husband, Jack Deegan. She taught kindergarten at California Ave. School in Riverbank for 22 years and retired from teaching in 1972.

Mrs. Deegan always enjoyed the church family and the card games and activities with her friends. She was a proud member of the California Teacher's Association, Eastern Star, Pocahontas, the Methodist Church, and the Escalon Ladies Club. She will be forever missed.

Survivors include her children, Jack Deegan (Joanne) of Ripon, Ginny Oxford (Bernard) of Madison, GA; her niece Patty Lepley (Roger) of Los Olivos; grandchildren Chad Deegan of Newport Beach, Brett Deegan of Escalon, Devon Cohn of Marietta, GA, Erika Jimenez of Alameda, Tamara Hayes of Monument, CO; her sister Sally Wilde of Walnut Creek and eight great-grandchildren.

Deegan Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

A Graveside Service was held on Monday, May 14 at Burwood Cemetery, 28320 E. River Road in Escalon followed by a Memorial Service at Escalon United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Escalon United Methodist Church.

For condolences to the family, visit her online guestbook at

The Escalon (Calif.) Times

May 16, 2012