A Celebration of Life Service for Virginia will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at the Bethel Church of the Nazarene, 3001 12th Ave. Rd. in Nampa. A private family interment was held at the Pioneer Cemetery in Oreana, Idaho.
Virginia Ruth (Porter) Aman, 99, was born in Osborne, Kansas on November 7, 1921, to Joseph and Lydia Porter, and went home to heaven June 22, 2021. She spent her early years attending a one-room schoolhouse in Covert, Kansas, and helping her parents raise and sell turkeys. In November 1928, the family left Kansas in their 1927 Chevrolet for Yakima Valley, Washington to work the apple orchards. Stopping in Kuna, Idaho to visit friends, they decided to stay and work in the orchards there. Virginia attended her school years at Kuna, graduating from high school in 1940. She was an avid volleyball and softball player. In 1939 the Kuna town team, with her as the shortstop and her father as coach, won the state championship, making them eligible for the National Championship tournament at Soldier Field in Chicago. The team of teenage farm girls from Kuna played well but lost to a professional team from Omaha She married Wayne “Cy" Aman on August 31, 1940, in Kuna. The couple moved to Nampa, where Wayne sold tractors and Virginia peeled potatoes at a potato chip factory to make ends meet. Following that was a move back to Kuna to farm. Their oldest son, Pete, was born during that time. Later they moved to Danner, Oregon, near Jordan Valley, to farm, then to Reynolds Creek in Owyhee County to work for a rancher. A few months later, Hubert Nettleton hired Wayne as a cowboy, and Virginia as a cook for the cowboys on the Joyce Livestock Ranch on Sinker Creek. While there, their second child, Joe, was born. In 1948 the family purchased a 160-acre cattle ranch on Hart Creek, near Oreana. It was a home with no electricity, running water, or indoor plumbing, but it was their own home. While living there, daughter Susan was born. In 1952, they sold the ranch and moved back to Kuna. Virginia stated that “school, church, and money” were the reasons they moved to Kuna. While there, two sons, Terry and Gary, and daughter Lisa were born. In 1965, while Wayne was working for the state highway department, he was asked to pastor a small church at Midvale. Following that were pastorates in Kuna and Greenleaf, where Virginia formed many lasting friendships. After Wayne retired from the highway department, they purchased a motor home and went to Manitoba, Canada to do missionary work. A year later they went to Frazier Lake, B.C. to establish a church, then returned to Idaho and bought some land near Murphy for a manufactured home. After Wayne passed away in 1995, Virginia made her home next to daughter Sue and Bob Davenport, also in Murphy. In 2014, she moved to Homedale to live with her son Joe and daughter-in-law Jan. She loved to knit afghans for her great grandchildren, put jigsaw puzzles together or play a game of dominoes.
Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Lydia Porter; two sisters, Edna (Raymond) Downum and Pearl (Marvin) Dodson; husband, Wayne Cy Aman; grandson, Michael Patrick; great-granddaughter, Gabriella Gonzalez; great grandson Boone Cooper; granddaughter-in-law Andrea Horn, and son-in-law, Bob Davenport.
She is survived by her six children; Pete (Joyce) Aman, Portland, OR.; Joe (Jan) Aman, Homedale; Sue Davenport, Nampa; Terry (Kim) Aman, Kent, WA.; Gary (Trina) Aman, Murphy; Lisa (Dennis) Patrick, Greenleaf. She is also survived by 75 additional descendants through great-great grandchildren.
Her greatest desire in life was to serve her Lord Jesus. She read her Bible through from cover to cover “so many times I’ve lost track”. Her life was a true example of a follower of Christ. Her soul is now in Heaven, free from pain and suffering.
The family wishes to give a special thank you to the doctors and nurses at Home Health Hospice for the exceptional care they provided in her last days.
The family suggest that memorial contributions be made to Canadian Inland Mission, P.O. Box 975, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada T4T 1A7 or Gideons International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800.
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