Virginia Saravia, 60, who had owned and operated a pet-care business, Takoma Tails, died Dec. 23 at Washington Adventist Hospital near her home in Takoma Park. She had colorectal cancer.
Mrs. Saravia did modeling work as a young woman and spent several years as an administrative assistant at Georgetown University’s dental school.
In 1996, she started Takoma Tails and over the years cared for dogs, cats, snakes and turtles.
Virginia Garner Thompson was born in Forest Hills, N.Y., and grew up partly in Chevy Chase. She was a 1968 graduate of Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School and attended Rosemont College in Pennsylvania.
She was a member of the Silver Spring YMCA and did volunteer work at the school of St. Andrew Apostle Catholic Church in Silver Spring.
Survivors include her husband of 23 years, Rene Saravia, and their two children, Gregory Saravia and Claire Saravia, all of Takoma Park; and a sister.