Virginia was born in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho to Fred and Selma Phillips.
She graduated from Coeur d’ Alene High School and Whitney College of Commerce.
A lifelong leamer, she attended classes at Spokane Falls Community College at the age of 70, earning 30 credits.
Family was the most important thing in her life.
She and the late Al Litzenberger (married July 10, 1938) were blessed with two children, seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, with another due in October.
She is survived by children Ann Howard and her husband Gary of Spokane, W A; and Jerry Litzenberger and his wife Renee of Snohomish, W A; grandchildren Tamara Hutto and her husband Joe of Tucson, AZ; Pamela Garrett, Spokane, WA; Susan Groh and her husband Jack of Warwick, RI; Daron Howard and his wife Michele of Sherwood, OR; Brian Litzenberger and his wife Sarah of Monroe, WA; Randy Litzenberger and his wife Mari of Seattle, WA; Mark Litzenberger and his wife Amber of Snohomish, WA; and great grandchildren Sarah, John and James Groh, Carter and Braeden Howard, Brittney Schuon, Spencer Litzenberger, Marcus and Mason Litzenberger and Angelina Simmons.
As a young woman Virginia worked at Blackwell Lumber Company.
During WWII she worked for Interlake Bus Lines which transported personnel to Farragut Naval Training Station.
After moving to Spokane in 1944 she worked at Platters Pharmacy at Rockwood Clinic.
She was the heart of her Spokane neighborhood with a deep interest in the world and people around her.
Friends and family sought out time and conversation with her.
She enjoyed traveling and visited Hawaii, Ireland, London, Paris and cities on the east and west coast.
She was a lifetime member of her neighborhood’s Topaz Sewing Club and one of the original members of Spokane’s Block Watch program.
She hosted the annual Night Out program in her front yard for more than 25 years.
She was a voracious reader and an extraordinary gardener and shared her love of books and flowers with those close to her.
She cherished her time with neighbor Carolyn Beckner and her family and adored her cat Missy.
Her family thanks Cecile Goffinett and Hospice for the special care they provided.
To her family, the wind beneath her wings, she leaves this message: “Love each other.
Be kind to each other.
Be interested in what each other is doing.
Family unity is the most important thing.”
A Graveside Service will be held Friday, July 19th at 1 p.m. at Riverside Cemetery, 508 N. Government Way in Spokane.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Community Colleges of Spokane Foundation Scholarships or Hospice of Spokane.
sponsored According to two 2015 surveys, 62 percent of Americans do not have enough savings to handle an unexpected emergency, much less any long-term plans.