Our beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Virginia E. Huggard, age 83, returned to her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2006, surrounded by her family members in Heber City, following a long illness, which she rarely complained about. She was loved by her family and friends, and leaves a great void in the lives of those who loved her.
Virginia was born Jan. 2, 1923, in Oakley, to Alexander Evans and Clara Peterson Evans. She married Don R. Huggard Oct. 28, 1938, in Peoa.
She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, and all of her brothers and sisters; granddaughters, Gina Marie Huggard and Brenda Huggard; grandsons: Keith Ray Huggard, Don Lee Huggard, Jeremy Huggard, and Joshua Huggard whom she shared a love of riding horses; and two sons-in-law: Wayne Putman and Franklin Gates.
She is survived by two daughters: Mary Gates and Deloris (Neil) Clegg; six sons: Keith (LaRae), Don A. (Carol), George (Marlena), Alex (Lezlie), Emmette and Earl (Valerie); 27 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; and her dog, Babes.
Mom enjoyed her family and her many horses, dogs, birds and other barnyard animals that she took care of over the years. Some of her hobbies included horseback riding, fishing, flower gardens and embroidery.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Aug. 21, 2006, 11 a.m. at Olpin-Hoopes Funeral Home, 288 North Main St., Heber City. Friends may call on Monday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the services at the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Park City Cemetery, the city Mom called home and lived most of her life. Her last ride will be in a horse-drawn carriage, which will fulfill her last wish.
A special thanks from the family goes to all the caregivers during this tender and difficult time. And, a heartfelt hug from the rest of the family goes to her daughter, Deloris, for the constant care she gave to Mother.
Virginia requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Primary Children’s Medical Center.
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