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Virginia Davis Coughenour

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Funeral services for Mrs. Virginia Davis Coughenour, 88 of Spirit Lake, formerly of Winterset, will be held at 2:30 p.m., today Thursday, March 15, 2007 at Riverside Cemetery of Spencer. Rev. jim Gochenouer will officiate the service.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the graveside service at the Warner Funeral Home of Spencer.

Interment will take place at Riverside Cemetery of Spencer.

Virginia passed away on Sunday, March 11, 2007 at Hilltop Care Center of Spirit Lake.

Virginia, the daughter of Edward and Elsie Lake Davis, was born Feb. 13, 1919 in Spencer. Her childhood years were spent in Spencer where she received her early education and graduated from the Spencer High School. Following high school, Virginia continued her education at Morningside College, Drake University and Julliard School of Music in New York.

While living in New York and attending Julliard School of Music, Virginia met and married Newton Coughenour in 1944. Following their marriage, they lived in the communities of: New York City, New Jersey, Alta, Dubuque, Algona, and Winterset, where Newton served as a Methodist Minister. Virginia has been a professional accompanist in New York City, a church organist and choir director; taught piano and voice privately; taught public school music; entertained personally for various groups; has done arranging for various instrumental and vocal groups; coached singers and groups; played most instruments; directed Sweet Adelines and English Handbell Ringers Choir; also had played for several radio shows. She was a member of P.E.O., Winterset Music Club, Des Moines Symphony Guild, Des Moines Women's Club American Guild of English Handbell Ringers and O.E.S. Virginia and Newton were avid travelers who went to all corners of the earth in their travels.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband.

Virginia is survived by cousins including Ronald Phillips of Spencer and Holly Nystrom of Milford.

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.