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 Virginia <I>Carpenter</I> Cannon

Virginia Carpenter Cannon

Bloomington, Washington County, Utah, USA
Death 4 Dec 2010 (aged 92)
Saint George, Washington County, Utah, USA
Burial Saint George, Washington County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 62713869 · View Source
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Virginia Carpenter Cannon, 92, passed away peacefully on December 4, 2010, at her home in St. George, Utah.

Virginia was born in Bloomington, Utah on September 6, 1918, to Alfred Aeschlimann Carpenter and Elsie Victoria Larson Carpenter. She was the fifth of nine children. She adored her family and reminisced often of those early and very happy years. She was full of vitality and loved to laugh and to make others laugh.

She attended school in Bloomington in a one-room schoolhouse, which included grades first through eighth. One of her teachers was a daughter of B.H. Roberts. When she was in first grade, the children transported by team and wagon to St. George to attend Woodward School each day.

Virginia met Truman when she was seventeen years old. They had a close group of friends that palled around together. Truman and Virginia eventually paired off and fell in love. They were married in the St. George Temple on October 18, 1939. They had a love affair that never ended. Daddy held her in his arms everyday and said, "Virginia, you are the most beautiful woman in the world!" Our home was truly blessed with the security that comes when a mother and father love each other.

Virginia had an eye for beauty and captured it in the many photos she took over the years. She enjoyed decorating and kept a beautiful, though simple, home. She spent hours washing, starching and ironing our clothes and always made sure that we were well cared for and everything looked nice.

Virginia worked hard all of her life. As a child, she helped herd the goats on the hills around Bloomington and with all the chores around the farm. This work never seemed to end as she helped Truman on the farm. She canned vegetables and fruit all summer each year, baked bread and even churned her own butter. She cared for all the little runt animals, nurturing them until they could thrive on their own. She had a green thumb and could make anything grow. She loved parades and pageantry of any kind. She was always up on current events and read the newspaper from front to back each day.

Her spiritual gift was an ability to find beauty and joy in the simplest things in life. She was child-like and felt anticipation for each new thing and event even at 92 years of age.

The day before Thanksgiving she was in the temple with family members. The next day she traveled to Kanab where she enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner with her oldest daughter, Jeannine and her family. She was brought to St. George by ambulance because she wasn't feeling well and was having problems with her heart. She was alert and opted to receive a pacemaker because she "wanted to live to see all her wonderful grandchildren." Mercifully, her heart seemed to reset on its own and she didn't have to have surgery. She suddenly slipped into a coma a day later. She will be greatly missed by her family.

Virginia is survived by her children Jeannine (Arlyn) Hafen, Kanab, UT, Alray (Carol) Cannon, Washington, UT, Dayne (LaNorma) Cannon, Sequim, WA, Michael (Colleen) Cannon, St. George, UT, Cherie (Gary) Leavitt, Bountiful, UT, Shirley (Robert) Johnson, Kanab, UT, Lonnie (Stephanie) Cannon, Logandale, NV. She is also survived by her sister, Pearl Morris, Orinda, CA; and brother, Karl (Maxine) Carpenter, Mesa, AZ; two sisters-in-law, Helen Madsen, Richland, WA and Muriel (Dayne) Mathis, Monroe, UT; and a brother-in-law, Daniel (Betty) Schmutz, St. George, UT. She leaves 40 grandchildren and 93 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren that were very much loved. She is preceded in death by her husband, R. Truman Cannon; daughter-in-law, Tamra Ivie Cannon; a grandson, Dustin Michael Cannon; and a great-granddaughter, Chloe Berger.

Funeral services will be held Friday, December 10, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. in the St. George 2nd Ward Chapel, 166 South Main, St. George, UT. A viewing will be held on Thursday, December 9, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., and Friday, December 10, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to services, both at the Meetinghouse. Interment will be at the St. George City Cemetery

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  • Created by: Ross Woolsey
  • Added: 8 Dec 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 62713869
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Virginia Carpenter Cannon (6 Sep 1918–4 Dec 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 62713869, citing Saint George City Cemetery, Saint George, Washington County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Ross Woolsey (contributor 46894751) .