Sept. 4, 1920 — Feb. 2, 2011
Virginia Nevada Kerns passed away peacefully on Feb. 2, 2011, at the age of 90 in Placerville, Calif. Virginia lived in Cameron Park for the past 35 years. She was the beloved wife of the late William H. “Bill” Kerns for 62 years, daughter of the late Andrew (Sr.) and Mary Crofut of Reno, Nev., and sister of the late Andrew (Jr.) Crofut (wife late Rosemary) of Reno, Nev.
Virginia was born in Elko, Nev., and later moved to Reno, Nev. She attended the University of Nevada, Reno, graduating in 1941 with a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics. She taught home economics in Panaca, Nev. While at the University of Nevada she met William H. Kerns. They were married in a military wedding in Ithaca, N.Y., on July 2, 1943, while Bill was in U.S. Navy Officer Training School at Cornell University. Following the war they lived in Battle Mountain, Nev., and Reno, Nev., before moving to Juneau, Alaska, in 1948. After eight adventurous years in Alaska, the family lived in Denver, Colo. (eight years), Silver Spring, Md. (three years), Moraga, Calif. (four years) and Sacramento, Calif. (seven years), before moving to Cameron Park.
Virginia and Bill were active members and leaders in the United Methodist Church everywhere they lived and they were founding members of Foothills United Methodist Church in Cameron Park. They traveled widely throughout the U.S.A. by motor home and participated in many Elder Hostel trips. They also traveled throughout the world, sometimes with friends and other times on their own. They were active with the extended families of their children and grandchildren.
Virginia will always be remembered for her cheerfulness, friendliness and kindness to everyone. She was a loving mother and always had a camera ready for a family photo. She loved watching the birds along with the changing seasons and weather. She enjoyed flowers of all types, whether growing in the garden or in an arrangement in her home.
Virginia was preceded in death by her son, Billy, who passed away at the age of two. She is survived by her loving children: daughter, Susan Taylor (husband Stephen) of Lincoln, Nebr., son, Donald Kerns of Cameron Park, Calif., and son, Edward Kerns (wife Nancy) of Skillman, N.J.; her loving grandchildren: Amanda (Taylor) Kalina (husband Aaron) of Denver, Colo., Andrew Taylor (wife Ariel) of Columbus, Ohio, Ashley Kerns of San Diego, Calif., Christine (Kerns) Gillette (husband Brian) of Silver Spring, Md., and Patrick Kerns of Baltimore, Md.; and by her loving niece, Patricia (Caley) Wall (husband Bud) and nephew, Eugene Crofut (wife Ruth) and family.
A memorial gathering is being planned and friends can call 530-320-6379 for more information. Those wishing to remember Virginia may do so with a memorial donation in her name to the Building Fund of the Foothills United Methodist Church, 3301 Green Valley Road, Rescue, CA 95672.