Virginia Hope Galliher Spangle


Virginia Hope Galliher Spangle died Dec. 7, 2009 at her home in Malibu after a short illness. She was 85.

Spangle was born on April 26, 1924 in New York City, the only child of Francis Hope and Washington Irving Galliher. She spent her childhood in bucolic Princess Ann, Md. and graduated from the University of Maryland in 1945 with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture. She was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.

During her marriage to Honeywell executive Clancy Spangle, she lived in Edina, Minn.; Frankfurt, Germany; Sunningdale, Berkshire, England; Lincoln and Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass.; and Atherton and Carmel, Calif. She also had a home in Vero Beach, Fla. Spangle summered in Middlesex Beach on the Delaware shore and cruised widely on Norwegian Lines. She moved to Malibu in 2004 to be closer to her son and his family.

Spangle was a lifelong Republican who worked on the Goldwater and Reagan presidential campaigns. She was a generous supporter of Malibu United Methodist Church’s Sierra Service Project and of many cultural foundations, animal organizations and conservative political groups.

Spangle is survived by her son Bryan, of Malibu, and her grandsons and daughter-in-law Jennings, Jake and Katherine Spangle, also of Malibu. The family held a private memorial service.