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Alta Library celebrates Virginia Crocker

Thursday, September 25, 2008

A generous gift of $10,000 has recently been established by the Virginia Crocker Trust Fund for the Alta Community Library. A photograph of Mrs. Crocker and a commemorative plaque will be displayed above the library's circulation desk.

Virginia Crocker's determination that others have easy access to sources of education and information is evidenced by her generosity in contributing to all the public libraries in Buena Vista County.

Virginia, and her husband, Ed, who died in 1987, devoted a great deal of time, money and effort to many organizations which supported education. Their love of gardening, birds, music - and their pet cats and dogs - was supplemented with the enjoyment they derived from reading and learning.

Even though the Crockers had both earned college degrees, they continued to actively pursue knowledge throughout their lives. Their modest home was filled with books, magazines and recordings, a repository for learning in many diverse subject areas. Virginia's later years were spent researching information for herself and for friends and acquaintances who frequently telephoned seeking advice and information.

During Virginia's time at Buena Vista Manor, she shared many hours with the staff members and others, reciting poetry she had memorized, recounting stories from places she and Ed had visited, viewing educational programs on television and generally drawing on her lifetime of experiences with friends and others.

Although Virginia's "memory bank" was ravaged by Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases during her final years, her life influences and enhanced the lives of countless people.



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