Virginia Elizabeth McConnell Fossey, age 92, went to be with the Lord on May 14, 2010. She died at home, surrounded by her family.
Virginia was born on April 2, 1918 in Webster, Ill., to John Wesley and Madeline Siebert McConnell. Due to the death of her mother in childbirth, she was raised by her grandparents, Guy and Margaret Siebert.
The family moved to Wyoming when she was 14. On Jan. 27, 1933, Virginia married Ellsworth Douglas Fossey, in Torrington, Wyo. She had five children: Margaret Elaine, Mary Lorraine, John Douglas, Frank Guy, and Daniel Paul.
After several moves, they settled in Moab in June of 1956. In 1957, she began a volunteer job that ultimately became her lifelong vocation at the Museum of Moab, better known as the Dan O’Laurie Museum. For the remaining 53 years of her life, she was devoted to the museum. She particularly loved to open the museum at any time for teachers to bring in their classes. Daily, students dropped in to visit the museum and to discuss their problems with her. Many of these former students from the early days returned to bring in their children to see her.
She was a devoted mother and grandmother and a devout Christian who lived out her faith in her daily life.
Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three half-brothers, one daughter, Elaine, and two grandchildren.
She is survived by her sister; her half-sister; her daughter, Lorraine Turner (Ron) of Edmond, Okla.; her sons, John (Patti) of Sandy, Utah, Frank (Roxie) of Moab, and Dan (Peggy) of Ouray, Colo.; 15 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
A viewing was held on Tuesday, May 18, from 6-8 p.m. at Kimmerle-Hefner Funeral Home. Services were held on Wednesday, May 19, at 2 p.m. at The Community Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Virginia’s name to the Dan O’Laurie Museum.