July 13, 1916 - March 11, 2012
Virginia Burlingame (Moultrop) Williams, 95, died at Odd Fellows Home on March 11, 2012.
The youngest of two children, Virginia was born July 13, 1916, in Walla Walla to Alton and Mabel (Burlingame) Moultrop. She graduated from Walla Walla High School class of 1934. Virginia graduated from Whitman College class of 1939. She spent her senior summer herding sheep in the Blue Mountains for her grandfather Edward C. Burlingame. Virginia was struck with Tuberculosis that year and spent 18 months in the Blue Mountain Sanatorium. The last six months of her stay she worked as a nurse's aid caring for patients. Virginia then worked for the YWCA starting the chapter at Washington State University. In 1949, she was called home to help on her father's ranch. There she met Miles L. Williams and his daughters. She said she "fell in love with the girls" and Miles and Virginia were married Dece. 26, 1950. They later had two more children. Virginia then divided her time between farm wife and professional teaching at Pioneer High for a time and then working for WA State Department of Corrections as a teacher at the Penitentiary.
In 1973, she finally came home as a full time farm wife but maintained involvement as a 4-H leader, member of local Home Ec groups, active member of First Congregational Church and the Women's Fellowship and most proudly a director for the Umatilla County Soil Conservation Board. Virginia was an avid gardener, forester, historian and educator. In 1993, Miles and Virginia sold their Oregon Ranch and moved to their home in Walla Walla. They enjoyed their retirement traveling to England, Australia and Alaska.
Virginia is survived by three daughters, Sharon Murray of Wallerawang, New South Wales, Australia, Lynn M. McKinnon of Touchet, and Leslie W. Cain of Walla Walla; a son, Bruce A. Williams of Walla Walla; seven grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband, Miles; great-grandson, Kyle Hayes; and sister, Elizabeth Williams.
The memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17, 2012, at the First Congregational Church with the Rev. Cecilia McKean officiating. Burial will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to First Congregational Church through the Professional Funeral Director Crematory, 2112 S. 2nd, Walla Walla, WA. Family friends are invited to sign the online guestbook at www.herringgroseclose.com.