Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Virginia Clausen Pickrell

Virginia Clausen Pickrell passed away peacefully Nov. 10, 2009, at Marin Convalescent Hospital (California) with her family close by.

Born in 1917 to May and Christen Clausen of San Francisco, Virginia attended Balboa High School where she was class valedictorian. She graduated from Stanford University in 1939 with a degree in biology. It was at Stanford that she met her future husband, Daniel John Pickrell. Virginia and Dan were married in 1942. Their union lasted nearly 60 years.

During World War II, Virginia worked as a biologist at Cutter Laboratories.

In addition to her family, Virginia loved antiques, flower arranging and gardening, taking special pride in her rose garden. She was a gourmet cook and an early proponent of health foods. She actively volunteered for her church, St. Matthews Episcopal in San Mateo, among many other charitable organizations. She was a member of the Town and Country Club of San Francisco, and a devoted patron of the arts.

Virginia also loved the out-of-doors. She and Dan were members of the San Francisco Fly Casting Club and spent their summers in Sun Valley, Idaho, where they owned a home for almost 40 ears. After raising their family they traveled the world together.

Virginia is survived by her children, Gregory Pickrell, Lornaa Pickrell and Christine Pickrell Simms, and four grandchildren, Meghan, Curtis, Daniel and Logan Pickrell. She was preceded in death by her husband in 2000.

Virginia will be remembered for her many attributes, but perhaps most of all for her beautiful smile, quiet grace and generous spirit.

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