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Obituary: Marx, Virginia Ann (Barkhuff)

Tue., Aug. 7, 2012

Age 67

MARX, Virginia Ann (Barkhuff)
May 8, 1945 - July 26, 2012

Virginia was born to Floyd and Jeanne Adayne Barkhuff in Colfax, Washington.

She graduated Pullman High School in 1963.

She attended one year at Washington State University before going on to pursue jobs in other areas.

She joined a local carnival company in 1967 and would travel off and on for the next three years.

During this time she married Earland Marx and had two children, Richard and Tamara.

In 1974 she moved alone with her children to LaGrande Oregon where she worked as a nurse’s aide and enjoyed it a great deal.

The family returned to Washington in 1980 where Virginia took a job cooking at a sorority at WSU.

She herself enjoyed reading, taking her children camping, road trips and getting lost.

She referred to it as “taking the scenic tour”.

This joy of just getting lost and enjoying the moment was something that made for many fond family memories.

In 1988 she moved to Spokane where she would spend the remainder of her life.

It was during this same time that she would meet her life companion, Gus Kalnins.

They would spend the next 19 years together until his death from cancer in 2007.

She is preceded in death by her father Floyd Barkhuff in 1971.

She is survived by her mother Jeanne Adayne of Clarkston, her three brothers-Bruce of Pomeroy, Gordy of Virginia, and Dale of Fairbanks Alaska, and one sister-Paula (Flathers) of Pullman.

She leaves behind her two children- Richard of Spokane and Tamara of Dayton Nevada, and her three beloved grandchildren Thomas, Liberty , and Josiah.

Her memorial service will take place on August 13th at 10 am at Community Congregational United Church of Christ at 525 NE Campus in Pullman.

Her children request memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Spokane.


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