Virginia Mitchell Neumeyer
Virginia Mitchell Neumeyer was born in Los Angeles, CA on August 8, 1946. She was raised in
Pico Rivera, CA, in a mostly Hispanic neighborhood. Despite the fact that Virginia did not speak Spanish,
she understood it, and identified with her Hispanic roots. Upon her first marriage to Frank Shields, she
moved to San Diego, and had her only daughter, Valerie, in 1971.
Virginia was employed by San Diego Unified School District for 15 years as an Instructional Aid.
Her position entailed working with children with learning disabilities to improve their reading and
overall general education. She was elated to hear that her students succeeded in high school and
beyond. She had a special place in her heart for these children.
Later in life, Virginia married her second husband, LD (Lawrence Dwight) Neumeyer, with whom
she remained married for the rest of her days. They moved to Colorado in 2012, and were able to spend
time with grandchildren, Patrick and Victoria. Virginia greatly enjoyed attending school events, sporting
events, holidays and birthdays with her grandchildren.
Through her life, Virginia enjoyed painting, photography, and volunteering at Bear Creek Lake to
monitor wildlife. Moving to Colorado afforded her the ability to visit Rocky Mountain National Park on a
regular basis, and she always relished the opportunity to see elk, deer, moose, and snow, all things
which she was unable to experience in southern California. In addition, she had a passion for researching
genealogy. Virginia fought through the long arduous process of tribal membership with the Chihene Nde
Nation of New Mexico, Chiricahua Apache Band. Through her work, her daughter and grandchildren
now have the designation of tribal membership as well. She will be remembered as a loving mother,
grandmother, wife and friend.
On Thursday, April 11, 2019 Virginia lost her battle with pancreatic cancer. She is survived by her
husband, LD; daughter Valerie Shields Strawbridge; son-in-law Mark Strawbridge; grandson Patrick (18);
granddaughter Victoria(16); and sister Loretta Mitchell Diaz. In lieu of flowers, donations would be
appreciated to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, (“NPCF”), P.O. Box 1848, Longmont, CO
80502 or online: https://www.npcf.us/donate-volunteer/ways-to-donate/donate. Please include “In
memory of Virginia Mitchell Neumeyer.”