"Virgil was orphaned at the age of 8 following the death of his mother in 1912 and father in 1915. Virgil and his two sisters Vera (age 10) and Vena (age 4) were taken in and raised by their maternal step-grandmother, Minerva Elizabeth "Betty" Rowland Emerton (later Cook) who was the widow of their maternal grandfather James T. Emerton (FAG #51277378) who died in 1905. Two years later (about 1917) Betty Rowland married Harlen Delano Cook, a widower himself, who brought 3 of his own children into the marriage. Thus, Virgil and his two sisters were raised by Harlen and Betty Rowland Cook. Please note that memorials for Virgil's foster parents can be visited at FAG #64556379 and FAG #64678740 respectively."