Hot Springs— Vanessa Kay Minnick “The Alpaca Lady”, 55, of Millboro, Virginia passed away Thursday, February 23, 2017 at her sister’s residence in Christiansburg, Virginia. 

     She was born February 10, 1962 in Montgomery County, Virginia, the daughter of the late Jackie Wayne Minnick and Katherine Ann Altizer Minnick.

     Vanessa was fondly called “Boo Hoo” by her family. She was the manager of Diamond C Ranch in Millboro, and was a member of Life Line Ministries. She enjoyed the outdoors, nature, and could be seen at numerous activities throughout the community with her beloved Alpaca’s. She was a loving mom and friend to all.  

     She is survived by a son & daughter-in-law Jason Scott Minnick & wife Lisette of Lehigh Acres, Florida; two brothers, Jackie Wayne Minnick, Jr. & wife Tina of Pilot, Virginia and Randolph Earl Minnick of Christiansburg; two sisters, Robin Lynette Barker of Blacksburg, Virginia and Cheryl Elaine Minnick & Bobby of Christiansburg; and numerous nephews.

     A celebration of her life will be held 12:00 noon, Saturday, March 4, 2017  at Life Line Ministries with Pastor Zach Royer officiating.

     Memorial contributions may be made to Hot Springs Rescue Squad, P.O. Box N, Hot Springs, Virginia 24445.









  1. I met Vanessa thru my sister Carolyn Carpenter when Scottie was here in SC at Fort Jackson, I invited Vanessa to stay with me so she could see Scottie graduate and would not have to spend money for a motel. Vanessa was a very sweet lady and I immediately fell in love with her when I met her and we became very good friends. She will be missed in so many ways. I had the first butterfly in my yard on the 23rd and thought it was odd that there was only one, later that night I found out about Vanessa’s passing, I knew then it was her coming to tell me goodbye.
    My thoughts and prayers to all her family

  2. My husband loved to buy alpaca products from Vanessa. They always had a long visit and stories about the animals.. I loved to receive the products. I also enjoyed teaching with Vanessa. She was a hard working lady and loved her son and the animals..we shall miss her. Scott I think of you often.. God bless you and you wife.


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