Virginia Knowles O'Grady Virginia Knowles O'Grady CORONADO, Calif - Virginia K. O'Grady, a longtime resident of Coronado and Virginia Beach, died peacefully in her sleep following a stroke. She was 95. Virginia was born and raised in Lockport, N.Y. She graduated from Lockport High School in 1932 and attended Edgewood Park Junior College in Greenwich, Conn., graduating in 1934. She enjoyed horse jumping and equestrian training. Virginia moved to New York City following her graduation from Junior College. In 1938, Virginia married her high school sweetheart, James W. O'Grady, retired vice admiral U.S. Navy, two years after his graduation from the Naval Academy. Virginia supported her husband throughout his almost 40 years of active duty in many locations in the U.S. and overseas in Japan and England. In Japan she taught English to wives of Japanese military personnel. As the spouse of the U.S. Naval Attach in London, she dined at Buckingham Palace. She greatly enjoyed collecting Asian and European antiques. In their last tour of duty in Norfolk, as resident of Delaware House, she often entertained as spouse of the deputy supreme allied commander atlantic. After retirement, the O'Grady's spent 10 years in Virginia Beach growing prize-winning camellias before returning to Coronado in 1980, where James passed away in 1986. Virginia married Charles B. Hammond in 1990 and enjoyed several years of travel and companionship prior to his death in 1993. She relished her time working in an antique shop in La Jolla, Calif. She had a very generous spirit and supported many charities. Virginia was a member of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, and the Daughters of the American Revolution, and a U.S. Navy ship sponsor. Virginia is survived by two sons, James Jr. of Rancho Bernardo, Calif., and Thomas of Suffolk; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A private memorial service will be held followed by cremation and interment in the family plot in Lockport, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to The Elizabeth Hospice, 150 Crest St., Escondido, CA 92025.