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Obituary: Virginia K. Kirkham

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Virginia Koch Kirkham, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, passed away July 1, 2000 at home with her loving husband at her side.

She was born in Oakley, Idaho on August 20, 1921 to Horace Everett Koch and Alice Marie Bates Koch. Virginia graduated from East High School in 1939 and attended the University of Utah. At East High she was very involved in many school activities, and had the lead role in several school plays. She married Emerson Dale Kirkham on March 16, 1944 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They recently celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary.

Virginia served in many capacities in the LDS church, including Stake missionary, President of the Valley View Stake Young women's organization (YWMIA) and stake Drama Director.

"Ginnie", as many of her friends called her, had many professional interests and talents. She was an interior designer, winning several first place, home-show awards. She was also the Corporate Training Director for ZCMI . She loved music and was a member and Executive Director of Pro Musica, a chorale group which she helped found. Virginia was generous with her time and helped raise funds for the Utah Symphony.

Of her many wonderful qualities, she was known for her optimistic outlook and fun-loving nature. She was enthusiastic, generous, kind and understanding. She was also reflective, open to a variety of ideas. Her love and acceptance for others had no boundaries.

The last ten years were marked by severe health problems and pain, which she endured with dignity and grace. She was optimistic to the end.

Survived by her husband, Dale; brother, Robert (Beth) Koch, South Jordon; son, Richard (Joyce) Kirkham, Sandy; two daughters: Patrice (Bill) Wollam, Diamond Bar, California; Julie (Marc) Bernhisel, Riverview, Florida; ten grandchildren: Tammy Rogers, Ryan Kirkham, Aimee (Casey) Wallace, Laurie (Shandon) Cole, Elder Darren Kirkham (serving an LDS mission in the Philippines, Manila Mission), Heidi (Tyler) Rex, Preston Bernhisel, Brooke Bernhisel, Lyndi Bernhisel, Jenny Leigh Bernhisel; three great-grandchildren: McKenzie Rex, Jacob Wallace, Jaxon Wallace and one more expected in September. Preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Richard Koch.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday July 8, 2000 at 12 noon at the Cottonwood 12th Ward, 1750 E. Spring Lane (5240 South). Friends may call Friday July 7, 2000 at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary (3401 Highland Dr.) from 6-8 p.m. and at the ward on Saturday from 10:45-11:45 a.m., prior to services. Interment: Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.

Virginia's family and friends will miss her deeply and are looking forward to being with her again.