Born the first baby of the New Year Jan. 1, 1959, in Reno, Nevada, Virginia Marie Volz was the second child of Raymond and Maria Volz. She died unexpectedly Nov. 27, 2017, from a massive cardiac arrest while working as manager at Buzz Liquor Store located on the Key Peninsula.
Volz grew up in Germany, where her father was stationed for nearly 15 years. She was well-traveled throughout Europe. The family relocated to Seattle in 1973. Volz studied at the University of Washington and earned her bachelor of science in horticulture from the University of Texas.
Before relocating to the Key Peninsula in May 2015, Volz was employed as a hotel manager in Leavenworth, Washington.
An avid animal lover, Volz worked at Bayside Animal Lodge for a year. Her dog, Schnulli, was the love of her life. She adored the Key Peninsula, found beauty all around it and made many friends who will miss her.
Volz was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her sister, Sylvia Knopp; her dog, Schnulli; and two estranged sons.
A celebration of her life took place Jan. 27, at WayPoint Church. In lieu of flowers, her sister requests that donations be made in her name to the animal shelter in Pierce or Kitsap counties.