Virginia Lynn (Mangum) Erickson, 62
HEREFORD — Virginia Lynn (Mangum) Erickson, “Jenny,” was born October 29, 1956, in Harrisburg, Arkansas and died at her home in Hereford, Arizona on August 6, 2019. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Oneida Mangum, and her grandparents, Joe and Ethel Kellum. Jenny is survived by her husband, Michael Erickson; her only son, Chris Erickson and his wife Amanda; and three grandchildren, Destiny Erickson, Christian Erickson, and Faith Erickson. She is also survived by two brothers, Robert Mangum of Strawberry, Arkansas, and Tom Mangum and his wife, Karen of Jonesboro, Arkansas; and two sisters, Becky Baumunk and her husband, Jim of Gepp, Arkansas, and Reba Wingfield and her husband, Ron of Little Rock, Arkansas; as well as several nieces and nephews and many cousins and friends.
Jenny obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix and worked for almost 40 years for Jim Varga as a CPA in Sierra Vista. She continued to work even after her diagnosis with ovarian cancer for nearly two years but was forced to retire this past Spring when her illness advanced to the point she could no longer continue.
For many years prior to her own diagnosis with cancer, Jenny was a faithful supporter of Relay for Life, which she did in memory and support of family and friends who had battled cancer, lighting luminaires for them as either survivors or in remembrance. Jenny attended the Relay for Life earlier this Spring, even though she herself had been referred to Hospice care by that time.
Jenny had a great love for her family — especially her grandchildren — and spent as much time as possible with all of them. She was a mother and grandmother to more people than her blood relations, her wisdom, and calmness used as an ever guiding beacon on the path of life for many. She loved to travel and spent some very enjoyable times with her sisters and friends abroad in Ireland, Scotland, England, France and Italy, as well as at home in the US. She had a passion for gardening–an influence from her grandmother–and had turned her own backyard into a replica of the oasis of flowers, fruit trees, and vegetables that her grandmother had created in the Mississippi Delta. She liked nothing more than to work in her garden and share her bounty with friends and family. Jenny was a loving wife, mother, sister, and grandmother. She had a pure soul and has left a deep and abiding mark on the hearts of those who knew and loved her. She will be truly missed but never forgotten.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at Jensen’s Mortuary on Hwy 92 on the August 17, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. Anyone wishing to send flowers or cards may address them to 3547 E. Serritos Ranch Rd. Hereford, AZ 85615.