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Virgene Harding Heward

February 13, 1923 - December 7, 2015

Virgene Harding Heward, 92, died on Monday, December 7, 2015 of natural causes.  She was born on February 13, 1923 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Morris and Edith Dunkley Harding.  The family moved to Parco, Wyoming when she was a child.  She graduated from Rawlins High School.


Virgene married Charles Heward on March 17, 1947 in Evanston, Wyoming.  She was an active member of Union Presbyterian Church, a Past Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star and a member of PEO.


After moving to Ogden, Utah in 1972 Virgene was a devoted member of First Presbyterian Church, United Presbyterian Women, and Grace Circle.  She was a charter member and first president of Chapter AA PEO and a member of Daughters of the Nile for many years.  Virgene enjoyed sewing, reading, meeting her friends for coffee at the Newgate Mall, and she especially loved playing bridge.  The members of her two bridge clubs were special to her, and she never missed an opportunity to spend an afternoon playing cards with them.


Mom and Dad felt blessed to have had the opportunity to make many trips with the Shriners, most notably to England, Japan, Hong Kong and many places in the United States.  Her favorite place was the Teton Mountains in Jackson Hole, and she enjoyed many visits there with family and friends.


Above all, she loved her family.  She was proud of her children, adored her grandchildren and cherished the time spent with her great-grandchildren.


Virgene is survived by: daughter Brenda (Wes) Hiraoka, Ogden, sons Chuck (Barb), Eden, Robert (Sharon), Wisconsin, eight grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, brother Earl (Sherie), Iowa, and many cherished nieces, nephews and cousins.


She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and one grandson.


The family would like to thank the staff and her friends at Legacy House Assisted Living for their love, care, and kindness.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Shriners Hospital or First Presbyterian Church in her name.


A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, December 14, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah.  Friends may visit with the family prior to services from 9:45 to 10:45 AM.


Interment at Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 Washington Blvd, Ogden, Utah.


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Visitation Information

Date: Monday, December 14, 2015

Time: 9:45 am - 10:45 am

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

Service Information

Date: Monday, December 14, 2015

Time: 11:00 am -

Leavitt's Mortuary


836 36th Street , , Ogden, UT, 84403

Cemetery Information

Date: Monday, December 14, 2015

Leavitt's Aultorest Memorial Park


836 - 36th St., , Ogden, UT, 84403

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Born: February 13, 1923
Died: December 7, 2015

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Robert and Deanna Neeley posted on 12/16/15

We were so sorry to hear about Virgene's passing. May you be comforted in knowing what a wonderful person your mother was. We also had great admiration for your dad as well. It is sad to know these two are gone now. We loved them both. Bob and Deanna Neeley


Mark Dirr posted on 12/13/15

Brenda and Wes, We are so sorry for the passing of your dear mother. We send our condolences. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Mark and LeAnn Dirr


Jon and Rhonda Gill posted on 12/13/15

Chuck, we are so sorry about the passing of your beloved mother Virgene. You can take comfort in knowing what a great life she had and the love she had for you and your family. She and your dad were part of that greatest generation that saved the world. She is now free of pain and suffering and resting in peace. Love all you guys, Paul and Rhonda.