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Obituary: Virginia Fackrell

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1918 ~ 2004

Virginia Fackrell, 86, passed away peacefully in Salt Lake City, on October 9, 2004. She died at home where many family members, friends, and neighbors had visited her in her final weeks of pancreatic cancer.

A daughter of James LeRoy Fackrell and Thirza McBride Fackrell, Virginia, she was born April 22, 1918 in Eden, Utah. She was the seventh of 11 children. She graduated from Weber County High School and continued her education at BYU. She received a B.S. Degree in Communications with an emphasis on Journalism. Her minor was in Sociology and Social Work. Virginia was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in many auxiliaries in her lifetime: Sunday School, Young Women, Relief Society and as a hostess at Temple Square. Early in life she served a six-month mission in Turkey to Americans who were stationed at the Military Base there. In February 1987 she served a year-long mission to the Washington, D.C. Temple.

Virginia worked as an assistant to the Agriculture Attaché in the foreign service from 1959-1964; living in the Belgian Congo, Turkey, Indonesia, and Switzerland. She held several jobs locally, until 1974 when she worked as an editor in the Curriculum Department of the Church until her retirement in 1986. She also loved to help the youth of her community. She volunteered at the Salt Lake County Detention Center and provided years of research to the Utah Youth Village. She spent her spare time avidly watching sports, opera, ballet and enjoying the symphony.

Virginia is survived by her brother Lynn J. Fackrell (Ethel), Hondo, Texas; 26 nieces and nephews. Ppreceded in death by her parents, nine siblings, one niece and twonephews.

Funeral services will be held Friday, October 15, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. in the 18th No. Ward Chapel (20th Ward Building) located at 2nd Avenue and "G" Street in Salt Lake City. Friends may call Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple or Friday at the Ward House from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service. Interment will be in the Bountiful City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the LDS Perpetual Education Fund or Missionary Fund.

The family would like to thank IHC Hospice staff and all the caregivers who thoughtfully cared for our dear aunt. <! >