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10/18/1952 — 07/13/2022
From Kennewick, WA | Born in Red Bank, NJWatch Service
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Richland, WA US 99352
Celebration of Life
Richland, WA US 99352
Victoria was born in Red Bank, NJ, and passed away in Kennewick, WA on July 13, 2022. She grew up in the little town of Keansburg, NJ. She had no Jersey accent because of her British Grandmother. She went to St. Annes’s school and graduated from Keansburg High in 1971. She attended some college and worked at many places, including K-Mart, where she liked the garden/landscape best. She married Richard Minnuies, but they divorced amicably after a few years.
She then met and married a charming pipefitter from Richland, WA, Larry Chafin, who moved her to West Richland, where they raised three children. She made a place of beauty out of the patch of desert where they lived. She kept dogs, cats, birds, and fish and rosebushes.
She worked in Hospitality and was injured in a disabling accident while working for the ARC, providing community access to the disabled. Her husband died suddenly, and she married the family physician, Alan Hunt. He cared for her in his retirement, after her stroke in 2011, and her final stroke a week before she passed away. She really loved Christmas, decorating, crafts, animals, live music, roses, and especially her grandchildren. She was known for her generosity, especially for taking in neighbor kids. Her life and decorating theme was Angels. Her favorite outing was to the Emerald of Siam, where her friend, the singer Cindy Bishop McKay, usually sang an angel song for her.
She is survived by her husband of 18 years, Alan, her children Matthew, Lauren, and Marc, Alan’s daughters Katie and April, her grandchildren Ben, Braxton, Penelope, and Brittnee, and a great—granddaughter Ayden.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ben and Dorothy Lebedz, grandparents Agnes and Albert Whitehead, her sister Diane, her sister Christine, and a granddaughter Lanette.
She attended Christ the King, locally, the Divine Fellowship (?), and lately the Garden of Kennewick, when able. Our Jersey Girl is now an Angel.
Visitation will be on Thursday and Friday July 21 and 22, services will be on Friday at 200 PM, with inurnment to follow later at Sunset Gardens, near her late husband, Lawrence. Donations may be made to K-LOVE or animal shelters.
My condolences to Victoria’s children Matt, Lauren, Mark, and my Dad, Alan. My interactions with Victoria were few and far between, but she was always joyful and kind when we spoke. Wishing warmth and healing in your time of loss. May she rest pain free and in peace. Love and compassion to you all.