Virginia (Bomber) Scibior passed away on January 24th, 2021 in Boise, Idaho. Virginia touched the lives of so many people and will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Although we were not ready to let her go, we are comforted that she is now reunited with her husband of 54 years, Richard Scibior, who preceded her in 2017. Virginia is survived by her three daughters, Deborah Scibior (Scott Grothe), Denise Fischer (Gary), Melissa Gaskell (Kevin) and her six grandchildren Logan, Paige, Isaac, Jacob, Ryan and Jenna, all of Boise. Also, her brother, Tom Bomber (his wife Margaret passed in 2009), his children Cheryl, Mark and Karen, her niece Karri, and two step-grandchildren, Nic and Lindsey.
Virginia was born on March 9th, 1942 in Detroit, MI to Ann and Felix Bomber. She graduated from St. Andrews in 1960. Virginia met the love of her life, Richard, at a drive-in diner and married him on April 27th, 1963 in Detroit, MI. Their wedding was immediately followed by a month long honeymoon trip to California for Richard’s first Air Force assignment in Sacramento. While Richard became a navigator and pilot, Virginia embraced the role of an Air Force wife over the next 22 years. Through the frequent moves, Virginia always created a comforting “home base” for her family. Whether her love of decorating and shopping emerged from this life or flourished because of it, Virginia could quickly transform any house into a home. She walked in, hung a new shower curtain, and took it from there.
Virginia worked as a dental hygienist before getting married. While her girls were small, she took on different part-time jobs, including teaching swimming at the YMCA and several retail positions. She particularly enjoyed selling antiques, collectibles and consignment furnishings.
Virginia often said that Richard’s career allowed them to see the world. One highlight was a 3 year assignment in Japan from 1980-83. In addition to exploring Japan, Virginia had the opportunity to travel to Europe, Korea, Hong Kong, China, Okinawa and the Philippines. She also cruised with the whole family to Mexico and the Caribbean. Of all her travels, she fell in love with the Far East and its influence could be seen in her life from that point forward.
Virginia and Richard enjoyed exploring together and with their girls. Wherever they lived, they made it a point to go and do and see as much as they could. Quick weekend adventures were frequent. In the summers, they would hitch up the camper and set off for new destinations, making time for stops at amusement parks, beaches, historical sites and visiting friends. Virginia kept in close contact with her brother Tom and sister-in-law Margaret, and with six children between them, family functions were lively and memorable.
Virginia met and made friends in every new place she lived or visited, and in every job she started. She had the gift of listening and asking questions about people’s lives that made new acquaintances feel like old friends after just one encounter. Virginia never met a stranger. Within a few minutes you would be spilling your life story to her and she would become a lifelong friend. From her high school “Posse” to her neighbors at Grace, Virginia never stopped making friends.
After Japan, Virginia and Richard retired from the military and lived in Albuquerque, NM and eventually moved to Las Vegas, NV in 2001 where they were able to entertain visiting family and friends more often. They especially loved having their grandchildren visit and became affectionately named Grandma and Grandpa Vegas. Virginia also enjoyed getting dressed up for the Vegas nightlife and took advantage of the world class shopping opportunities. In her bargain hunting she was legendary, earning the title of “The Take Back Queen”.
Virginia loved her girls and their husbands, and proudly doted on her grandchildren. This led to a move to Boise in 2013 to be closer to them. Virginia and Richard quickly immersed themselves in family gatherings, school ceremonies, sporting events and concerts.
After Richard passed away, Virginia adopted a sweet little dog named Stanley. Virginia moved into Grace Assisted Living in February 2020 just before the pandemic changed our lives. With limited outside visitation, Stanley provided her much needed joy and companionship. He remains part of our family.
Before her passing, Virginia spent a weeklong Christmas visit with family that will forever be cherished. We were so lucky to be by her side providing her comfort in her last days. A light has gone out in this world. A celebration of Virginia’s life will be held on April 27th, 2021. Please contact the family for details (email@example.com).
Johnny L Duncan saysFebruary 25, 2021 at 12:33 pm
I’m sure my wife Kerin, who passed in 2015, is happy your mother joined her. They were best friends and Kerin was just like your mother. She never met a stranger and always greeted all the waitress’ and waiters in restaurants, we regularly attended by, their first names.
Denise Fischer saysFebruary 27, 2021 at 2:12 pm
Thank you so much for your message. It means a lot to us to hear from Mom’s friends.
Bob Bell saysMay 10, 2021 at 1:11 am
The passing of Virginia is truly sad for us all, but knowing she is back with her true love Richard makes it easier to take. There are many happy memories of our time in Japan, fun times playing mahjongg during many late nights among other things. Your Mom is a special soul. Both Terry and I will never forget her. We were lucky to have shared a part of her life with you.