Virginia Newman White

Virginia Newman White

April 12, 1924 - September 21, 2005

Virginia Newman White

April 12, 1924 - September 21, 2005


Virginia ‘Dinnie’ Newman White 81 born April 12, 1924 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota died Wednesday September 21, 2005 in Laguna Beach, California of Metastatic Lung Cancer.

Dinnie White of Laguna Beach, one of the most beloved members of her community, mother of eight, grandmother to twenty, great-grandmother to 15, died peacefully at the age of 81 on September 21, after a heroic one-year battle with cancer. Surrounded at home by several of her children, Dinnie died as she had lived: enveloped by the love and care which she gave so selflessly and constantly to everyone she knew. She was born April 12, 1924 in Sioux Falls, S.D. to Claude and Naomi Newman. The family then relocated to Lincoln, Nebraska where she and her five siblings, Roddy, Jane, Dort, John and Mark grew up and went to school. Dinnie graduated from Lincoln High and attended the University of Nebraska. She married Gerald Booth White, who preceded her in death, in 1945 after he returned from the Pacific where he served as a Marine Corps fighter pilot during the war. After Jerry graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in aeronautical engineering, the family moved several times as it grew. In 1962  Dinnie, Jerry and the family settled in Laguna Beach. In 1969, Dinnie, while continuing to raise her family, went to work for a group of local doctors as their office manager. She remained in that position until she learned she had cancer in 2004. A member of St. Catherine’s Catholic Church, she played an active role in parish activities and functions. She was an extraordinary mother, wife, grandmother, great-grandmother, homemaker, and friend. Dinnie enjoyed life to the fullest at every opportunity. She brought unbounded joy to the hearts of those in her presence and in any environment she fashioned. Her home was always open to all.  She is survived by loving daughters Nannette and her children; Amy Jo and her husband Lance; Carole and her husband John and their children, as well as sons Jimmy and his wife Lauren and daughter; Dusty and his wife Debbie and children, Tom and his son, Robert and his wife Carolyn and children; Billy and his wife Kathy.  She will be dearly missed by her adoring family and friends. ‘Our mother was one of the most selfless and giving people this world has ever seen, and we know she is receiving her reward in Heaven. She will be missed endlessly, and her legacy will be the love and generosity her family continues to extend to the world’, her son, Jimmy said.

Services were held on September 26th at St. Catherine’s in Laguna Beach, California and burial took place at Ascension Cemetery in Lake Forest, California.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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12 responses to Virginia Newman White

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  1. Grandma,

    I miss you terribly! I would give anything to have one of our famous debates! I am sure you and Travis will keep it up! And now you and Travis can watch over our family and guide is in the right direction. I LOVE YOU

    Your favorite Granddaughter the lucky one

  2. Jeannie says:

    Dear Sweet Dinnie,

    Were you there to meet my son? I can only hope that he felt enveloped in your arms the minute he left this world, and came home to God. He loved you so much, and it gives me great comfort to know that you were there for him. I had the great honor of knowing you a very long time…you always treated me with kindness, love and respect…you were the best Mother in Law ever. I got to be with you, the day they laid you to rest..I was so glad I could be there to say goodbye…I love you.

  3. Stephanie says:


    It has been one year since you left and I miss you so very much. IT is so not the same with you not here. I am going to have another baby on the 25 of April. I am very excited and I am hoping for a boy. I wish you could be here to sit with me in the hospital again and to hold your 16th Great Grandchild. He will know you though, I will tell him how truly amazing you were and how he has the worlds best guardian angels with you and his Uncle Travis. I LOVE YOU GRANDMA DINNIE…You are SO MISSED!

  4. Stephanie says:


    I am missing you a TON today! I love you!


  5. Stephanie says:

    I so miss you! I think of you so often…and now that Jamie is here I think of you even more! She is so sweet and such a chunky monkey…I wish you could have held her just once, so she too would have been touched by you! I will raise her to know you and I will enjoy telling her every story and everything about you! I love you Grandma Dinnie and I miss you so very much!

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