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Virginia Mae Blunck Oaks, beloved by family, loved ones and friends, returned to her Heavenly Father on Wednesday, July 31, 1996, after a courageous battle with melanoma cancer.

Virginia was born in Rexburg, Idaho, June 5, 1938, to William Hammond and Ruth Mae Henderson Blunck. She was named after her mother's beloved home state. The family later moved to Bluefield, West Virginia and then to Roanoke, Virginia, where Virginia's life was enriched by many dear aunts, uncles, and cousins.Virginia earned a BS in elementary education at Brigham Young

University and taught grade school in Utah and Minnesota. She married Harold Rasmus Oaks on June 6, 1960 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They lived in Minnesota, Maryland, Nebraska and Colorado, before settling in Orem, Utah.

Virginia was an active life-time member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving diligently in many callings in all of the organizations. She was a devoted wife and mother with a compassionate nature, always reaching out to help and strengthen others. She was a talented seamstress and homemaker. Virginia enjoyed attending theatrical events with her husband at BYU and throughout the world. Her sharp wit and Southern strength endeared her to all.

She is survived by her husband and children: Lori (Kevin) Newsom, Shela (Dr. Scott) Burdge, Emily (Dave) Jennings, David (fiancee, Aly Schaedler) and Melissa Oaks; grandchildren Collin , Heather, Trevor, and Keith Newsom; Harrison, Rachelle, and Brittany Burdge; Benjamin, Leah Virginia, and Westley Jennings. She is also survived by her sister, Glenda Bohon (Roanoke, Virginia) and her brother, William H. Blunck(Tempe, Ariz.). She is preceded in death by her parents.

Viewing will be Sunday Evening, August 4th from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary, 495 South State in Orem, and 9:45-10:45 a.m. preceding the funeral service at the church. Funeral services will be held Monday August 5, at 11:00 a.m. at the Orem 6th Ward Chapel, 365 S. 900 E. in Orem. Burial will be in the Eastlawn Memorial Cemetery, Provo.

Special thanks to nurses, doctors, friends and loved ones, and members of the Orem 6th Ward and all others who compassionately assisted her.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her name to the Child Drama Program, Theatre & Film Department, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah 84602.

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