Virginia Joy Gasser Skaggs DeMaster


Virginia Joy Gasser Skaggs DeMaster died peacefully on Feb. 28, 2018 in Bountiful. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to Joseph Samuel Gasser, Sr. and Marvel Elizabeth McCarroll on May 28, 1929 at her grandmother’s home. She grew up in Montana, predominately in Missoula. She was married in 1946 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple to Artemus (Art) Skaggs from Pittsburgh, PA. They made their home in Missoula where they began raising their family of five living children. After moving to Spokane, WA, Art died of a heart attack in 1970. Virginia took over the businesses that Art had built up and successfully managed them.

She returned to school, began to travel and then married Louis (Bud) Winton DeMaster in 1975. She got her Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Washington State University. They went to Ghana, Africa from 1978 to 1982 with Kaiser Aluminum. From there they moved to the Seattle, Washington area. Virginia traveled all over the world during these years. Bud died of cancer in 1997.

Virginia then served an LDS mission to Vietnam, teaching English as a Second Language. After she returned she continued to travel until she had knee surgery. In 2010 she had a stroke and moved to Utah to live with family. As her needs increased she moved to assisted living and continued in different facilities until her death.

She served faithfully in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in many callings, including years as a temple worker, but her favorite was always teaching. Virginia was known for her adventurous nature, love of learning, sense of humor and strong faith.

She is survived by five children, JoAnna (Mark) Allred; Jerry (Rebecca) Skaggs; Paul (Debra) Skaggs; Kathy (Kevin) Davenport; Stephanie Skaggs; one stepson, Greg (Melody) DeMaster; one sister, Carolyn Campbell; 18 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands; four siblings, Helen Rasmussen, Joanna Gasser, Joseph Gasser, Marvel Wilcox; and a daughter, Cynthia Ruth Skaggs.

A funeral will be held at the LDS chapel at 965 Oakwood Drive, Bountiful, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, 2018.

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