Virginia Vernon

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Nov. 2, 1922 -- Dec. 9, 2009

WALLA WALLA -- Virginia Louise Young Paup Vernon, 87, died Dec. 12, 2009, at Park Plaza Retirement Residence, 1400 Dalles Military Road.

At her request, there will be no service. Arrangements are through Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St.

Memorial contributions may be made to Eastern Star or Blue Mountain Humane Society through the funeral home.

Mrs. Vernon was born Nov. 2, 1922, in Jefferson, Iowa, to James Hugh and Marie Cordell Young. She graduated from high school in 1940 and had taken the normal training course. She became a one-room school teacher when she was 18.

She married Les Paup on May 26, 1941, in Missouri. They had a daughter, Linda Diane. Mr. Paup served in the Army Air Corps and was killed when his plane was shot down over Germany on Dec. 11, 1943.

She married Edward H. Vernon on July 21, 1945, in Pendleton. They lived in Oregon, eventually settling in Milton-Freewater. They had two daughters, Donnah-Rae and MaryEllen. He died Aug. 10, 1997.

She held many jobs including working in the lily and daffodil field near Brookings, Ore., and was owner of a Dairy Queen restaurant in La Grande.

She moved to Walla Walla in November 2007 to be closer to her daughter.

As a girl, she played the violin, softball, competed in public speaking contests, sang in choirs and as a soloist, and was in 4-H. She was a member of Eastern Star Hope Chapter 13 and held may offices. She served as mother advisor of Rainbow Girls.

Mrs. Vernon enjoyed singing, playing piano and organ, knitting, sewing, crocheting and was an accomplished artist, painting in oils. She enjoyed animals, especially her cat Toby. She also enjoyed time with her family, especially watching her grandchildren in DeSales High School sports.

She is survived by three daughters, Linda Bremner of Fernley, Nev., Donnah-Rae DeVernon-Pearson of Sutton, Ark., and MaryEllen Lilwall of Walla Walla; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Joan LeGore.

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