Obituary: Virginia Vallor
April 15, 1933 – September 17, 2023
In the early morning hours of September 17, 2023, Virginia Abbey Vallor died peacefully near her beloved Park City, Utah.
Jinny was born April 15, 1933 to Grace and Leon Abbey in Flint, Michigan, and attended the Kingswood School in Bloomfield Hills, MI.
Among the fondest memories of her youth were summers spent at the family home on Mackinac Island and a summer she spent with friends working at a resort in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Jinny attended the University of Michigan, majoring in political science, and worked for Proctor & Gamble before settling down to raise a family in Dayton, Ohio.
In the 1970s, inspired by her culinary arts study with Simone (“Simca”) Beck in France and her friendship with Julia Child, she started Larson Associates, a small business that featured catering, food styling, and cooking classes.
In August 1983 she married Ben Vallor; upon his retirement in 1988, the couple searched for a new home out West, settling in Park City. Jinny was an avid skier, hiker and nature enthusiast.
The happily retired couple settled comfortably into Park City, where Jinny embraced all aspects of mountain life and created many incredible friendships. In addition to putting her culinary skills to work by hosting friends for festive dinners, famous for her cheese shorties, Jinny enjoyed participating in Garden Club, Book Club and attending ballet and symphony performances.
The projects that gave her the most joy and of which she was most proud were her time serving with Friends of the Farm to create the McPolin Farm nature trail, and her work with Friends of the Library on their reading garden.
Jinny is survived by her sons Chris (Cathy), Matt (Ann) and Peter Larson, stepdaughter Joan Vallor; grandchildren, Nils, Ben and Hannah Larson, and step-grandson Thomas Vallor. Her husband Ben predeceased her in 2018.
A celebration of life will be held in Park City at a later date.
The family wishes to send a special thanks to friends and the medical community for their constant care and kindness to Jinny over the past two years.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Park City Friends of the Library.
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