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Virginia M. Mendenhall

May 25, 1916 - May 14, 2014

Virginia M. Mendenhall, 97 of Rancho Palos Verdes, passed away on May 14, 2014. She was born on May 25, 1916 in Buckhannon, West Virginia, to Clarence and Florence Moore. Her father Clarence was a Methodist minister.

Virginia started playing the piano at age 5. By the time she was 10 she was playing for church and…read more

Virginia M. Mendenhall, 97 of Rancho Palos Verdes, passed away on May 14, 2014. She was born on May 25, 1916 in Buckhannon, West Virginia, to Clarence and Florence Moore. Her father Clarence was a Methodist minister.

Virginia started playing the piano at age 5. By the time she was 10 she was playing for church and youth groups, and by the time she was 14, she was teaching piano. Not long after that she enrolled in the Simpson Conservatory of Music in Indianola, Iowa. She had her own radio program, playing the piano, while in college.

After college her teaching specialty was music composition. Many of her students made it to the state level of music composition competition. Virginia was a long time member of the Music Teachers Association of California, South Bay Branch, where she held the post of Chairman of Composerís Today.

Virginia thought that exercise was an important part of her lifestyle. The way she got hers was taking dance lessons in Lomita. She would go once a week for two hours of private lessons. Two of her favorite dances were swing and the cha-cha.

Virginia joined her motorcyclist son, Dave, and his motorcycle club, (The Southern California Motorcycle Association) on their annual three-country trip each summer. She loved to go motorcycle riding because she said you could see so much more of the country on the back of a motorcycle than you could in a car. The three countries they toured were Mexico, the United States, and Canada. Their roundtrip adventures took them on approximately a 5000 mile ride each time. The club called her the ìGolden Vixen Passengerî.

She and her husband, Alan, were the music directors for the Rolling Hills United Methodist Church for several years. In fact one of the organs she has in her teaching studio was an organ from the church. She was still a member of the Church today.

Virginia was preceded in death by her loving husband, Alan, in 1980.

She is survived by her son, Dave Mendenhall; grandson, Shawn (Kathleen) Mendenhall; granddaughter, Laura (Chuck) Eras; great-grandchildren, Sara Mendenhall, Kristen Lohri, Emily and Jack Eras; great-great-granddaughter, Kensley Arnecke.

Memorial Services will be held on May 31, 2014 12:00 p.m. at The Rolling Hills Methodist Church, 26438 Crenshaw Blvd. Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274, with the Senior Pastor Jonathan Chute Presiding.

Virginia, you will be deeply missed by all the people whose lives you have touched and influenced with your love of music and dedication to showing others how wonderful everyday can be.

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Date: Saturday, May 31, 2014
Time: 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm

Rolling Hills United Methodist Church

26438 Crenshaw Blvd.
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274
 

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