Virginia Elizabeth Secrest

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VIRGINIA ELIZABETH SECREST
November 24, 1927 ~ August 4, 2014

Virginia was born in Wilton, ND to William Kulackowski and Annie Emmons. She grew up on a farm with her three sisters and one brother. The family relocated to Vancouver, WA when she was in high school.
On April 30, 1949, she married William "Bill" Secrest whom she had met on a blind date. This was the beginning of a life together one could only dream of lasting 62 years until Bill passed away. They began their life together in Fairbanks, AK renting a friend's garage with temperatures outside dropping to 60 below zero. Bill and Virginia returned to Vancouver in 1951.
Virginia remained active, walking, swimming, baking, perfecting her home and yard until her unexpected passing on August 4, 2014. Her loving daughters were at her side when she passed.
Virginia retired from the Child Card Clinic as Office Manager.
Virginia and Bill, in love, partners, and best friends lived their retirement years to the fullest. Traveling, golfing, and family time were treasured. Virginia was very creative, whether sewing, baking, or quilting. She enjoyed trips to the casino. She always had a project she was working on.
She took great pleasure in doing for others. Her current project was knitting hats for children which she was going to deliver to The Homestead Share house this fall.
Virginia was an extra special wife,
mother, Nan, and friend.
Her family was most important to her. Virginia was preceded in death by her only granddaugther in 2007, Alexia Dorsay Erickson. She lost the love of her life, Bill in 2011. She also lost Baby, her beloved Shi-Tzu six months ago.
Virginia is survived by two daughters, Linda Miller (Larry) and Susan Erickson (Greg); grandsons, Brian Lott (Amber) and Erik Lott (Molly) and William Erickson; and her dearest friend, Phyllis Stajgr.
Private services are pending.
Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits.

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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 10, 2014
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