Virginia Louise Balmforth Cox
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Virginia Louise Balmforth, daughter of Joseph Archibald Balmforth and Esther Elizabeth Jones, was born on the 5th day of January, 1919, in a small two room house in Woodville, Bingham County, Idaho. At that time, we had no electricity, running water, or steady heat in the house. We hauled the water in barrels, used kerosene lamps for light, and the heat was mainly furnished by a kitchen range with cedar wood, which was hauled from the Lavas, as fuel.
It was a very cold winter day when she was born, and a small heater had been set up in the bedroom about six or eight hours before her birth. Myrtle Chaffin, a registered nurse, had been previously engaged to be the nurse for the occasion. A Doctor Edwin Cutler was also engaged to deliver the baby; however the Doctor was detained by another lady giving birth to a child. The nurse, thinking there was no immediate rush, just barely got to the house when the baby was born. No anesthetic, no doctor, and a nurse who hadn’t even time to warm her hands were the conditions of Virginia’s birth.
She was blessed by her grandfather, Joseph Rudolph Balmforth on February 2, 1919. We named her Virginia as it was a favorite name, and Louise after an Aunt in England who never had the privilege of coming to America.
Virginia was a good child with a loving and happy disposition. When she was very small, an old gentleman by the name of “Grandpa” Norton (Isaac Norton), who gardened for a living, gave her a large cucumber. This she took and dressed up as a doll and carried it around until it withered away. She would do the same thing with a stick of wood and amuse herself for hours.
The very first day she started to Woodville School, she was hit in the head by one of the steel swings. This caused a deep gash and when she saw the blood on her new dress, she was terrified. (I think she was more worried about ruining her dress than the hurt on her head.) Her teacher, Miss Lucy Hurst, brought her home, and she carried the scar all her life.
She was baptized August 6, 1927, by Elden Dees, a Priest, and confirmed August 7, 1927, by Elder John W. Waite.
She did many household chores, always being willing to do her share. She attended Primary, Sunday School, M.I.A., and Seminary, always being very diligent in all of her assignments. (Once after her marriage, and while living in Jameston, she was put in as Improvement Era Director. She got right busy and soon had all of her orders and subscriptions sent in. Soon after, she received a letter from the General Board of the Era, thanking her and complementing her on her promptness as she was the first Director to get her subscriptions in.) She also went on several excursions to the Logan Temple to do baptisms for the dead. Virginia was Valedictorian of her class when she graduated from Elementary School, and was so excited she could hardly tell her parents and family of her good fortune. For her graduation, she had a blue silk dress trimmed with cream colored overlace, which her mother made. She was the happiest girl in the world. Mr. Oliver Kunz was her teacher. Other favorite teachers were Miss Lucy Hurst, Miss Lorraine Gill and Mrs. Irene Poulsen. Some of her School friends were Iva Balmforth, Barbara Burke, Laree Huntsman, Dean Huntsman, and Howard Risenmay.
She loved to read and also enjoyed good shows. She helped harvest the potatoes and usually earned enough money to get a nice wardrobe to start school. She loved to dance, and was always thrilled to watch her father play in the Baseball League. She thought no one could play as well as he. She went with the family on trips and picnics and swimming parties, and delighted in telling of going to Long Valley in north-western Idaho, to visit Uncle Ed and Aunt Jennie Chaffin and swimming in the warm pool. In High School, her dearest friend was Marguerite Andraeson.
She married Percy Miller Cox on her seventeenth birthday, January 5, 1936, at Jameston. The ceremony was performed by Percy’s uncle, Bishop Eli Cox. Their little girl was born September 5, 1938, and named for Virginia’s mother and sister, Alene Beth. They made their home in Jameston for a few years, and then moved to Salmon where they operated a hamburger stand. Virginia became ill, so they moved back the next spring. She seemed better for a while, but became ill again in the fall and died in the Idaho Falls L.D.S. Hospital on December 18, 1941. She had expressed her desire on many occasions, to go to the Temple and be married for time and eternity, and with her little girl, and be sealed to her husband. A short time before her death, she mentioned this to her Bishop, Roy Fielding. On January 28, 1942, Percy went to the Logan Temple and had this work done, Virginia’s sister, Gertrude, acting as proxy for her.
She has one brother, Norman Laverne Balmforth, and one sister, Gertrude Alene Balmforth Collard.
Virginia was loved and respected by all who knew her. She was always a friend to the under-privileged and the unfortunate. She was a perfectionist in her cooking, sewing, housekeeping, and all she did. She was immaculate in her appearance. She had beautiful white teeth and a lovely smile which she used often. She had an abundance of beautiful light brown, naturally curly hair. She was a joy and a comfort to her husband and baby, and found the same in them. To her parents, she was, and always will be, a wonderful blessing. Her memory will always be cherished by her family