July 25, 1951 — April 26, 2014
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Join us in a celebration and remembrance of Virginia’s life on June 6, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Shakespeare Club in Placerville, Calif. RSVP to Dave Crespo at [email protected] or 916-718-4450 (text/voice).
Virginia Weeks Crespo passed away peacefully at her home of 28 years in Rescue, Calif., during the early hours of Saturday, April 26, 2014. She had battled diabetes and heart disease for many years. Born at Mather Field Hospital in Sacramento County to Emma and Layle Weeks, she attended Howe Elementary School, Albert Einstein Junior High School and graduated in 1969 from Hiram Johnson High School, all in Sacramento, Calif. She received her associate’s degree from Glendale Community College in Arizona in 1983. Upon her return to California, she enrolled at Chapman University in 1993, earning her bachelor’s degree in 1995 and a California Elementary Teaching Credential in 2000.
Virginia was preceded in death by her father, Layle Everett Weeks of Sacramento; and her grandparents, Issac Glines of Roseville, Calif., and Ruth Ricci Glines of Greenwood, Calif. She is survived by her husband of 38 years, David Crespo; her mother, Emma Glines Weeks; her brother, Lance Weeks; her nephews, Adam and Cody Weeks; and her cousins, Lynne Peters and Kathy Borowski. Many other relatives across Northern California remember her and mourn her passing.
Virginia’s interest in public affairs had been a constant throughout her life. In 1968, she served as a Legislative Intern for California Assemblyman Bear of San Diego. One of her early jobs, from 1970 to 1974, was at the Sacramento Regional Transit Authority, where she developed the bookkeeping and accounting skills that would serve her well over the coming years. From 1975 through 1978 she worked as a senior member of Amfac Mechanical Supply Co’s branch operations staff, converting the firm’s corporate accounting system to a Burroughs 9” drive computer technology. After marrying her childhood sweetheart, David, in 1976 in San Lorenzo, they moved to Glendale, Ariz., in 1980. There she worked for Bechtel Power Corporation as a Quality Assurance Auditor at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station construction site from 1981 through 1983. In 1986, the couple moved back to Northern California, settling in Rescue in October.
It was in Rescue that Virginia’s service to the community as an activist and volunteer truly bloomed. In the early 1990s she joined the Cameron Park Friends of the Library and worked with that group and the community towards the construction of a modern new library; which opened to the public in 1994. In 1992 she began nearly a decade of service as the Rescue precinct elections officer. In 1994 she joined the El Dorado County Master Food Preservers Program, serving as a Board Member and Judge for County Fairs throughout Northern California. In 1995, after months of hard work and outreach, Virginia was elected the Founding President of the Placerville Area League of Women Voters. In 1997 she was appointed Voter Services Director, North, of the League and in 1998 became a Smart Voter Coordinator. During her tenure, she gained a reputation for honesty, ethical conduct, a mastery of Roberts Rules of Order, leadership and vision. She led the League’s Observer Program in the late 1990s, becoming a respected fixture at County Planning Commission proceedings. It was an unspoken ‘rule’ that a seat in front was always reserved for her. The commentary she gave and the recommendations she made were universally respected and often adopted by members of the Commission.
Not content with her work with MFP, the League, County Elections and substitute teaching at El Dorado K-12 schools, Virginia joined the Taxpayers Association of El Dorado County in 1997, serving as the first woman president of that organization since its founding in 1958. 1997 also saw her join the American Association of University Women, El Dorado County Chapter, serving as its newsletter editor in 1999 and 2000. 1996 began her long association with the Placerville Shakespeare Club — a true joy for Virginia, who finally left the club in 2008 due to her declining health. Also in 1996, she was appointed Chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee to the El Dorado County Transportation Commission. She was a key figure in the drive to secure funding and construction of the Bass Lake Truck Lane on Highway 50 – one of the most important transportation milestones in modern El Dorado County’s history. In 1998 she was appointed the Founding Chair of the El Dorado County Cultural Resources Commission, serving from 1998 through 2000.
Virginia’s interest and commitment to citizen engagement in the political process continued to drive her involvement in the life and times of El Dorado County. In 1996 she participated in guiding the students of Ponderosa and Oak Ridge High School’s Mock Elections. 1996 also marked her growing involvement in the Republican Party. In 1996 she was elected President of the El Dorado West Republican Women Federated, where she brought her trademark vitality, leadership, high standards of ethical conduct and a deep and abiding love of our county to the organization. Virginia’s good counsel, thoughtful research and understanding of issues made her a valued confidant and resource to elected leaders throughout the region.
The bicentennial year of 2000 opened up yet another path for Virginia’s service to the Community. 2000 saw her become deeply involved in the challenges facing low-income families in the county, serving as the secretary of the newly formed Affordable Housing Coalition of El Dorado County. Homelessness was also an issue she attacked with her now-legendary energy and focus, helping to put together United Outreach, one of the first successful efforts at managing the challenges of homelessness in El Dorado County through a consortium of faith-based and community leaders working towards the common good.
Music was also one of Virginia’s great loves. A soprano with incredible range and power, she sang throughout her life. As a young teen, she attended the prestigious Pacific Music Camp at the University of Pacific, studying under musical luminaries such as the great conductor Carmen Dragon and the world famous baritone, Robert McFerrin of the Metropolitan Opera. Her singing and acting continued through high school and college musical productions, a cappella choirs and choral groups. In the late 1980s, after returning to Northern California, she sang with the Gingerbread Singers and many of the leading choirs and choral groups up and down the Western Slope, earning a reputation for her lyrical and powerful voice.
A donation to the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association or any El Dorado County charitable organization may be made in her memory.
A celebration of Virginia’s life will be held at the Placerville Shakespeare Club in Placerville on Friday, June 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. Please RSVP if you plan to attend so that we may prepare accordingly. If you have memories or photos of Virginia that you would like to share for the event, please send electronic or hard copies to Dave Crespo at [email protected], voice/text at 916-718-4450, or mail to 2735 Little Oak Lane, Rescue, CA 95672.