In Loving

Virginia Durden Mantura

March 15, 1944 – May 30, 2024

Virginia Durden Mantura, who we all know and love as Gina, passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of May 30, 2024 in Richmond, VA.

Gina was born on the Ides of March, 1944, in Little Rock, AR to Hilda Ruth Bomparte and Harmon Asa Durden.

Missing her on this earthly plane are her daughters Giselle Marie and Jennifer Anne Mantura, her baby sister Rebecca (but we call her Becky or Aunt Lips) Durden Putman, beloved nieces Amy Minyard Adams, Laura Medley Hunter, Nancy Medley, Holly Henderson Campbell, Maggie Medley Brinkman and nephews Robert Lynn Medley, Daniel Lynn Medley, Preston Michael Minyard, and John Harmon Durden and their families.

Gina was preceded in death by her husband, George Mantura, her parents, her sister Nancy Lynn Medley, and her brother Robert Bomparte Durden.

Gina graduated from Harding High School in Oklahoma City, OK. She later graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro alongside her daughters—an achievement that had always been important to her.

Gina and George made a life together in Tucumcari, NM, Texas, Saudi Arabia and Greensboro, NC. In Saudi Arabia she taught as a substitute teacher to the delight of her daughters, worked for the U.S. Office of the Program Manager – Saudi Arabian National Guard, and volunteered with and led the charitable and social efforts of the Women of America in Riyadh during the Gulf War. She was fondly known as’ The Queen of Riyadh’ for her love of entertaining. She could light up the room with her big laugh and infectious wit, affording everyone she interacted with to be authentically who they are. She didn’t put on airs unless she had to (or wanted to).

Upon the family’s return to the U.S., her career path led her to rewarding work at the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, where she made so many cherished friends. She was an active volunteer with the United Women in Faith (Formerly United Methodist Women) advocating to improve the lives of women, children and youth in the U.S. and abroad.

Gina read all the time. She read mysteries, historical fiction, novels, and political and cultural non-fiction. She was thirsty for knowledge, conversant in world affairs, and a terrific writer and grammarian, quick to correct those who said it wrong. She was an avid bridge player. Beyond intellectual, Gina was wise with a spicy twist, and always able to find humor in the darkest places.

She loved daffodils—think of her when they bloom around her birthday each year!—magnolias, gardenias, hippos and ladybugs. Her big beautiful gap-toothed smile topped off by her enormous blue eyes will be deeply missed by all who love her.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to one of the following charities that meant so much to Gina: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Emily’s List, or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.