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Virginia Lyon Brookbush

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Virginia Lyon BROOKBUSH Virginia passed away on March 21, 2009 after a long struggle with cancer. She was born in Cedar Falls, Iowa on August 15, 1916 to Aubrey and Velma Lyon. The family moved to Wyoming, where they started a dude ranch at Jenny Lake near the Grand Teton National Park. Virginia dearly loved horses and riding in the canyons and mountains of the Teton Range. She grew up working as a guide, usually on day trips to the glaciers. She loved art, history and painting the people, horses and mountains around her using watercolors. Virginia joined the L.D.S. Church at age 18, and at 19 married James Mark Brookbush. They farmed near Idaho Falls, Idaho and had six children during their 21-year marriage. She moved to Pocatello, graduated from Idaho State University at age 52 and taught Art at Pocatello High School. She moved to Seattle in 1970 where she found her greatest job satisfaction working with the Community Television Agency producing training and orientation tapes for several agencies. For eight years, she broadcast weekly programs on Seattle Cable Systems focusing on building a communication link for those who wanted TV access. She particularly enjoyed training people to produce their own programs. She had a strong belief that "all people should have the right to be on TV". Her handbook "Preproduction Planning for Video Taped Television" is still being sold through Amazon.com. She was very pleased when The Seattle Times in 1977 declared her "the Mother of Seattle's Public Access Cable Television", and later when Mayor Charles Royer proclaimed January 10, 1983 as "Virginia Brookbush Public Access Day in recognition of her years of unselfish devotion to the development of public cable television in our community". She is survived by two sons and daughter-in-laws; Gerald and Beverly Brookbush, of Norfolk, MA, Craig and Joyce Brookbush of Seattle, and her daughter and son-in-law Laraine and Richard Volkman of Seattle, eleven grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren many nieces, nephews and friends. Three of her six children, Keith, Kirk, and Richard Brent preceded her in death. A Memorial service will be held Saturday, April 18, 3:00p.m. at Butterworth Arthur A. Wright Chapel, 520 West Raye Street, on Queen Anne hill in Seattle. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to local food banks.
Published in The Seattle Times from Apr. 5 to Apr. 6, 2009
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