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  1. Penni Kolpin
    January 16, 2013 @ 12:12 pm

    Though, I know her health had been in decline, I was sorry to hear of Virgina passing. My first memory of Aunt Virginia was at the family reunion in Iowa in the early ’70’s. I was five or six, and she made an impression because she was so nice to me and just seemed to be so much fun to be around.

    Best wishes to you, Virginia! And much love to your family!


    • Penni Kolpin
      January 16, 2013 @ 12:44 pm

      And I forgot to mention when I saw her at the reunion in 1986, she pulled up in some kind of sports car — I think it was a Camaro — or maybe a Firebird. I don’t remember what color the car was, but she had her sunglasses on and of course her big smile and was thoroughly enjoying herself.

      We joked a bit about what a “cool Grandma” she was rodding around in that car. May we all live life that fully and with that kind of humor!


  2. Tom Ault
    January 16, 2013 @ 10:18 pm

    Virginia welcomed me into the family ,along with her husband, Harold, way back in 1954. It was a grand time, she was a gracious and loving sister and sister-in-law. When my wife became ill with cancer in 1998 Virginia came and stayed with us, helping me to care for her little sister Mary Joe for monthes. She baked cookies for the neighborhood, and was loved and admired by us all.
    She told me in September that she was ready to go home to her God and that all of those that preceded her would be there to meet her.
    God Blessed her life and she passed that blessing on to many…she will be missed.


  3. Joan Lawson (Daughter of Eunice Garrett)
    January 17, 2013 @ 5:41 pm

    I will miss my Aunt Virginia very much. I remember going to her home in Oakland, Iowa when I was a child. I enjoyed everything about those visits. She was a very good loving Aunt and I am glad she is now where she wants to be.


  4. Denise Bjorgaard
    January 19, 2013 @ 7:42 pm

    My Grandma was an Amazing woman! She taught me to cook, bake,and she tried to get me to fish but it wasn’t my cup of tea. My brother Dennis and I spent our summers with Grandma and Grandpa in Tarkio when we were little. We had the best times of our lives with them. I went to live with Grandma when I became a teenager she loved me unconditionaly and gave me the tools to become a responible adult. My grandma wasn’t just my grandmother she was my best friend.I got to go to visit her in November before she got bad and we talked about everything we had done together and I was able to tell her how much I loved her and that had I not had her in my life I wouldn’t be who I am today.She loved her her family so much and she was the glue that kept us on track. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH GRANDMA AND WILL MISS YOU.


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