Saturday, October 20, 2001
Virginia E. Funk Laughlin, 87, passed away Oct. 14, 2001, of natural causes.
She was born April 8, 1914, in Hayden to James and Pearl Funk. Virginia grew up near there, graduating in 1933 from high school in Steamboat Springs.
She attended Colorado Women's College for two years, graduating in 1935 with a degree in education.
For the next six years, she taught in various one-room schools in the Steamboat area including the Forest Grove School as well as her first "town" school in Yampa.
On July 19, 1941, she married Charles Laughlin and together they had five children. Virginia didn't teach during this time and said she was thankful to stay home and watch her children grow.
Her brother Jim taught her how to drive with these simple words, "You just go down the road Ginnie, and everyone will get out of your way." She followed these instructions all the years she drove a car.
In 1966 the Laughlin family moved to Pierce, Idaho, where Virginia once again returned to the classroom as an elementary school teacher. In 1975, she received a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, and she continued teaching in Pierce until her retirement in 1985.
From 1985 until 1998 she lived with Joe and his wife, Erin Laughlin, in Roundup, Mont.
Virginia was known for her strength, her kindness, a quick wit and a voracious love of books.
This love especially included the Bible, of which she studied and read on a daily basis.
In 1975 she was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses and at the time of her death she was actively involved with the Lewiston Valley Congregation.
Virginia is survived by her children, Dixie Garrison of Lewiston, Idaho; Steve Laughlin of Montgomery, Texas; Dorophine Braden of Colfax, Wash.; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Her surviving brothers and sisters are Joan Bertus of Wendell, Idaho; James Funk of Hayden; Merwin Funk of Colorado Springs; and Jean Wirick of Vellejo, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Chuck; two sons, Jim and Joe; a granddaughter, Jessica Pippinger; and a sister, Meriam Bainer.
A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. Oct. 20, 2001, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Idaho.
Memorials in Virginia's name can be sent to YWCA, 300 Main St., Lewiston, Idaho 83501 or Valley Boys and Girls Club, 11021 Burrell Ave., Lewiston, Idaho 83501.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Vasser-Rawls Funeral Home.