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Virginia Koorn Barkelew

May 7, 1924 - February 11, 2016


Virginia was born May 7 1924, to Jon and Anna Koorn, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Chandler H. Barkelew.  She is survived by 3 children: Claire Depenbrock of Salem, Oregon, James Barkelew of Weatherford, Texas, and Julia Smith of Sacramento, California, and 4 grandchildren: Chandler, Sarah, Jonathan, and Tyler. 
Virginia graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Food Technology.  She moved to California to work for the Department of Agriculture in food research.  She married Chandler, and raised their family in Orinda, California.  They also lived in the Netherlands, Houston, Texas, Eugene Oregon, and moved to Salem in 2011.  Virginia and Chandler were active in Learning in Retirement in Eugene and she loved to give slide presentations of their many trips in the U. S. and abroad.  Virginia was a creative cook, and talented seamstress.  She loved to travel and was always eager to learn something new.   Her cheerful personality will be missed by all who knew her.  In lieu of flowers, a donation to the library of your choice would please her.  At her request, no services will be held.

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