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Obituaries

December 17, 2013

Virginia Gayle ‘Ginger’ Klaver

NORMAN — Virginia Gayle “Ginger” Klaver went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, after a lengthy illness.

Ginger was born Jan. 30, 1932, to James Porter and Verna (Thoreson) Porter in Webster City, Iowa. While a student at Lincoln High School, Ginger was active in many student activities. One of her favorites was being a cheerleader, a family tradition carried on by her daughters and granddaughters. After graduating in 1950, Ginger worked as a telephone operator.

On June 15, 1952, Ginger married the love of her life, Philip Klaver III, and the two moved to Ames, Iowa, where Phil completed his degree at Iowa State University. While in Ames, their son, Mark, was born. They later moved to Des Moines, Iowa, where their daughters Gayle and Kristen were born. A job transfer relocated the family to Norman, where their youngest daughter, Lisa, was born.

Ginger worked as a receiving manager at Cook’s in Norman and continued to do so after they were purchased by Clark’s. She also worked as the receiving manager at Walmart when they opened a store in Norman. Some of her favorite memories from work were the times Sam Walton would visit the Norman store, and he always made a point to stop and visit with Ginger. He always began their conversations with “Ginger, make us a cup of coffee,” and the two would then sit and chat.

Ginger was a woman who made friends with everyone she met and was known for her bright personality and generous spirit. She loved to shop for clothes, shoes, purses and jewelry and knew how to find all the best bargains.

She also loved to travel, OU football and go to casinos. Ginger loved being a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was extremely proud of all four roles and did a wonderful and loving job in each. Ginger was a very special woman to everyone she met and her life touched many.

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