Virginia Ellen <I>Burke</I> Fikes

Virginia Ellen Burke Fikes

Birth
Sebastopol, Sonoma County, California, USA
Death 14 Sep 2008 (aged 74)
Anchorage, Anchorage Borough, Alaska, USA
Burial Fort Richardson, Anchorage Borough, Alaska, USA
Memorial ID 66062010 · View Source
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Virginia Ellen Fikes, 74, of Big Lake, passed away at Providence Hospital in Anchorage from heart failure.

Virginia Fikes was born May 14, 1934 in Sebastopol, Calif., and enjoyed gardening, gold prospecting, collecting antiques, pianos and especially old dolls, and spending time with her family. She was the wife of a 21-year Army veteran, with a son who served in the Army and a daughter in the Air Force. She came to Alaska in 1965, living in Eagle River as well as Big Lake.
She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary and worked as the Civil Defense emergency coordinator.
"Mom knew good things," her family wrote. "She knew a good man when she met him, and married him. She knew how to support him in his chosen field and made sure his uniforms were pressed and dinner was waiting when he got home.
"She knew how to raise children and give them the tools they would need to make it through life; a critical and questioning mind was important, believing things just because someone said it was so, was not in our raising," they wrote. "Puppies, kittens, horses and mules were. It never mattered what we did or how far we roamed, we always knew where home was, and that we were welcome there if we needed shelter from life's storms."
Her family said the simple things were important to Fikes: children's birthdays, sitting by the lake with a fishing pole, watching the roses and puppies and children and grandchildren grow.

Virginia is survived by her husband of 59 years, Billy L. Fikes of Big Lake.

She was preceded in death by her parents Virginia and George, and brother George Burke, all of Northern California.


Memorial Services will be held at the Wasilla VFW with interment to follow at Fort Richardson National Cemetery.


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  • Maintained by: Maryann Randolph Fikes
  • Originally Created by: Nancy K
  • Added: 23 Feb 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 66062010
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Virginia Ellen Burke Fikes (14 May 1934–14 Sep 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 66062010, citing Fort Richardson National Cemetery, Fort Richardson, Anchorage Borough, Alaska, USA ; Maintained by Maryann Randolph Fikes (contributor 47837203) .