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Birth Date: 1934
Birth Place: Kanopolis

Honored By

Donor names:   James and Marianne Ayres
Craig Bellmann
Bill and Gloria Bethea
Nathalie and Ramon Bonilla
William C. Caldwell II
Douglas and Marjorie Hawthorne
Carlos and Graciela Hernandez
Edward and Janelle Hernandez
Andrew and Angela Magana
Frank and Julia Magana
Neil Murphy
Sang Nguyen
Terrence and Beatrice Owen
Lisa Pearmain
S.R. Pearmain
Catherine and Cynthia Ryan
Joseph and Diane Tyron
Magdalen Vargas
Date submitted: February 3, 2010
Gift: Brick Paver - large
Location on plaza map: B4
Areas of Achievement: Community Building, Higher Education, Military, Nursing
Virginia Michaela Caldwell was born September 20, 1934 in Kanopolis, Kansas. Her parents emigrated to the U.S. from Uruapan, Mexico in early 1900. She was one of ten children and the first girl to graduate from college in her family. She moved to Arizona in 1966.

Virginia served twenty years in the Air Force, mostly at Davis Monthan and Luke Air Force Base. She entered the Ari Force as a Second Lieutenant (Nurse) and served on both Active and Reserve Status. Virginia served in the Gulf War and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Virginia received her four-year nursing degree from Marymount College, Salina, Kansas. She started her career as an ER nurse at TMC hospital and then moved to OB at TMC. She taught nursing at the Skill Center in Tucson. Virginia spent two years running a women’s health clinic in Arkansas. She earned her Nurse Practitioner’s Masters Degree from the University of Arizona. She also served as the Lead Nurse Practitioner at Kino Community Hospital.

Virginia has always taken an active role in politics. She helped organize the Democratic National Campaign in Tucson, AZ and has worked on many campaigns. Politically connected, she has been a strong advocate for women’s and minority rights. Virginia is a strong believer in self preservation and responsibility. Her favorite TV show is C-SPAN.

Virginia has led her neighborhood community association in events such as: neighborhood watch, yearly trash clean up, and community development. She was also a volunteer at the John B. Wright Elementary School. She loves Arizona sports and follows the UA teams, The Suns, Diamondbacks, and Cardinals. Having a Catholic upbringing, Virginia remains involved with the church today.

Virginia has one son, William Caldwell, who is married to Diana Caldwell and they have two children, Matthew and Mikalie. She is dedicated to her son and his family as well as to her large extended family.

Information Sources:
Lisa Pearmain 9/18/2009