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Virginia Bergstrom, a long time resident of Mukilteo and Everett, Washington passed away peacefully on November 10, 2012, at the age of 97.
She was born in Bellingham, WA, the youngest child of William and Elvina Kirby. She graduated from Everett High School and attended the University of Washington. She and her sister worked in San Francisco, CA during the Depression, but she returned to Everett, where she entered a war time training program for pilots. She earned her Pilot's License in 1941.
That same year she married Jack Bergstrom and the two of them owned and operated The Rainbow Tire Service in Everett. Virginia worked in the office there until it closed in 1981. In the 1970's she served on the Mukilteo City Council and was their representative to the Snohomish County Sewer Commission.
Virginia played in golf leagues at the Everett Golf and Country Club, Cedarcrest, and Legion Memorial Golf Course. Bowling was a weekly activity for years and she was immensely proud of her one 300 game. Later in life she took up bridge, and the games with her friends at Legion and the Everett Golf and Country Club gave her many pleasurable hours. She had a lifelong love of textiles and was fearless in attacking any project involving sewing and fabrics. Her very first knitting project was a suit, and everything, from draperies to prom dresses was within her capabilities.
Virginia is survived by her daughters, Mary (Alan) Shank of Mukilteo, and Ann (Jim) Nicholson of Detroit, MI; grandsons, Jim (Mary Beth) Nicholson, David (Kristin) Nicholson, Tim (Stephanie) Nicholson, and John (Alicia) Nicholson; and eight great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Jack Bergstrom.
Intelligent, orderly, generous, fearless, she expressed her love of beauty and comfort in her homes, gardens, and personal presentation. She was an eclectic and avid reader. She never met an animal she didn't like, and closely monitored the welfare of the horses kept on the Mukilteo homestead by neighborhood children. Her delightfully wry sense of humor endured to the end. We will miss her.
A memorial celebration will be private.
In lieu of flowers please remember Virginia with a donation to the Joe Richer Junior Golf Endowment Fund, c/o Greater Everett Community Foundation., P.O. Box 5549, Everett, WA 98206.
Published in The Herald (Everett) from Nov. 13 to Nov. 18, 2012