Virginia Summerhays Howard died in the Logan Regional Hospital on Dec. 11, 1994.

She was born in Salt Lake City on November 10, 1908 to Mary Bennion Summerhays and Joshua James Summerhays. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Utah in Music and received a Merit of Honor award from the U of U Alumnae Association in a special ceremony honoring her for her outstanding achievements and public service.Virginia was director of vocal music at South High School in her early career. A patron of the arts, she was a member of the Board of Directors of the Salt Lake Art Center (formerly, the Art Barn) and director of Art and Music for the Utah State Fair. She initiated the now traditional solo performances of the Utah State Fair Music Division winners with the Utah Symphony. She also served as art chairman of the Junior League. For many years, she was executive director of the Miss Utah Scholarship Pageant. Over the years, she was an officer of the Western Art Museum Directors Association, co-organizer of the American Field Service chapters in Utah and co-organizer of the Salt Lake Council for International Visitors. She was also vice president of the Utah Association for the United Nations. Of all the volunteer work she did, the most meaningful to her was her work with the Ensign and Monument Park Ward choirs, imparting her love for music and her strong

belief in the reality of our spiritual nature to all who sang with her and were inspired by her profound gift for musical expression.

A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, she created with her husband, Quentin, a beautiful home which became an anchor and haven where love and beauty were shared not only with her family, but with many devoted friends. She was a great lover and student of literature, and a loyal, committed friend and listener to all those she loved. She will be sorely missed.

She was preceded in death eight months ago by her husband, Quentin. She is survived by her daughter, Lynne H. Goodhart, and by Christopher and Jennifer Goodhart; by her son, Allen, and Margaret, Catherine, and Elizabeth Howard. Also surviving are Howard and Beth Summerhays, and Ruth and S. Grover Rich, and many nephews and nieces.

The family suggests that in place of flowers, those who wish to honor Virginia may contribute to the Virginia S. and Quentin Howard Scholarship Endowment, Development Office at Utah State University, Logan, Utah, 84322-1420.

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