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passed away peacefully in her home at the age of 92, March 31, 2011 at 7:10 in the evening. She is survived by 3 sons; Philip, Stephen and Walter, 19 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Virginia was born in Liberty, Arizona and lived her entire life in Arizona. We have lost an angel mother, devoted wife and beautiful care giving woman who had only friends and loved ones on this earth. She was born on April 13, 1918. She married her sweetheart of 70 years, Bruce Merrill in 1942 who immediately left to serve his country in the south pacific for 5 years while she helped build airplanes in Goodyear in Rosie the Riveter style. She then supported him and was his constant companion and helpmate as he carried out an extraordinary business career. Virginia only stayed here with us for 46 days after the love of her life departed on February 13, 2011. Her entire life was one of devoted service and caring for others and she will be sorely missed. A visitation will be held on Friday April 8, 2011 at the Messinger Mortuary, 8555 E Pinnacle Peak Rd, Scottsdale, AZ from 6-8pm. Funeral services will be held at the LDS church, 38001 North Basin Road, Cave Creek, AZ on Saturday April 9, 2011 at 10am. Burial is to follow in Pima, Arizona. Arrangements have been entrusted to Messinger Mortuary.
8555 E. Pinnacle Peak Road Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Published in The Arizona Republic from Apr. 3 to Apr. 6, 2011