Virginia L. Burnett, 89, a longtime resident of Wenatchee, WA, died Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at Cashmere Convalescent Center in Cashmere. Virginia was born on September 28, 1921, to William L. and Bertha (Rice) May at Wenatchee, where she was raised and educated. After Virginia graduated from Wenatchee High School, she attended a year of college at the Wenatchee Business College. In 1941, she moved to Washington D.C., where she worked as a Secretary for the War Department until 1942. On June 14, 1942, Virginia married Donald P. Armstrong. They made their home in Los Angeles, CA, where Virginia worked for the pastor at the Del Rey Hills Evangelical Free Church as a Secretary. She also volunteered secretarial work at other churches and various civic organizations in Westchester, CA for 25 years. Virginia later moved back to Wenatchee, and on January 6, 1983, married Fred R. Burnett. Virginia attended the First Presbyterian Church in Wenatchee with her husband, Fred. She enjoyed the old hymns and one of her longtime favorites was "Safe In The Arms Of Jesus." She also enjoyed caring for her windowsill garden of African Violets and Orchids.
She is survived by her daughter, Donna Johnson of Mill Valley, CA; step-son, Fred R. (Charlene) Burnett, Jr. of Jackson, TN; sisters, Beverly (Virgil) Baarstad of Shoreline, WA and Roberta Jackson of Seattle; brother, Robert (Elaine) May of Wenatchee; grandsons, Aaron (Mya) Johnson and Andrew Johnson, all of Mill Valley, CA; great-grandchildren, Sophia and Gillian Johnson; sisters-in-law, LaRue McKellar of Wenatchee and Betty Mae Dart and the late Elwood Dart, caregivers of Moses Lake; brother-in-law, Ben Burnett of Wenatchee; and many nieces, nephews and extended family. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Donald and Fred; sisters, Juanita, Pauline, Emily and Leona; and her brother, Lowell.
A Memorial Service of Commemoration to Celebrate the Life of Virginia L. Burnett will be held at a later date, to be announced. Private Interment will be in the Peshastin Cemetery. Ward's Funeral Chapel, Leavenworth, is in charge of the arrangements.