Our sweet and cherished mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, Virginia Merkley Hacking Giles, has completed her earthly mission. She passed away on February 9, 1998 from complications of cancer at the age of 76.
Virginia was born July 7, 1921 to Asher and Birda Lewis Merkley in Vernal, Utah. She married her sweetheart, Leo E. Hacking, in Evanston, Wyoming on February 14, 1940. They were later sealed in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. This incredible woman touched many lives both far and near. She was a valiant and devoted member of the LDS Church serving in many capacities. She sang in the Tabernacle Choir and on KSL. She loved and led the music for 55 years. She retired after 24 years of working as a Telephone Operator and a Business Office Supervisor at Mountain Bell. She and Leo served a mission in Columbia, South Carolina. Each year she would raise a garden full of flowers--Iris and Glads were her specialty. After Leo's death, Virginia married Fred N. Giles, March 25, 1985 for time in the Salt Lake Temple. They have enjoyed 13 years together in Wyoming and Utah.Virginia is survived by her husband, Fred; daughter, Tamera H. Lund (Lynn) of Bountiful; son, Edwin Merkley Hacking (Bonnie) of Vernal. She was blessed with nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother, Douglas (Rhea) of Heber; sister, Kathyleen Ahrnsbrak McOmber (Arthur) of Vernal; and brother, Bryce (Merlene) of Salt Lake City.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 13, 1998 at 11 a.m. in the Maeser Stake Center, 2745 West 1000 North. Friends may call at the Hullinger-Jolley Funeral Home, 224 East 500 South, Thursday evening from 7-9 p.m. and on Friday at the Stake Center in the Relief Society room from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Interment will be in the Maeser Fairview Cemetery under the direction of the Hullinger-Jolley Funeral Home.
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